Hey, all! I know it’s been legitimately forever since I’ve checked in on this blog and I truly do apologize. I just haven’t had any time to do any blogging besides on my personal, and as a result, all of my other blogs (not just this one) have fallen by the wayside. My sincere apologies.
That said, it’s been a big last couple of months, since Fincher’s film debuted in the US and it’s been announced that the sequels have been greenlit despite underwhelming box office performance. I have seen the film and while I did think it had its merits, I did not like many of the directorial choices and some of the screenwriting ones, and I’ve already expressed my opinions about the promotional materials. I will be posting my analysis of the film on my book-reviewing blog sometime soon, and I will link to it here should any of you desire to read it.
For the sake of fairness, I will represent the Fincher film here, though it will be via reblogs and not of my own making (while I do own the Swedish films on DVD, I don’t have any plans to own the American one, unless my opinion should change in the future). I will also offer a congratulations to Rooney Mara for her Oscar nomination this morning.
I hope to get back to updating this blog soon, but I’d like to reiterate that I am a college student in a demanding program and that my time is often not my own. Hopefully I will be able to provide you all with the news and entertainment you so desire. If you have any questions, feel free to ask via the ask box, or you can contact me at my personal (haley—james) if you’d like a quicker response. Thanks, all!
omg and I completely forgot the question part:P as we know, the series would have gone on for 12 books if Stieg Larsson had lived. Do you think we would have seen Lisbeth and Mikael end up together romantically? Or a rekindling of their sexual relationship? I'm not sure, I think they would have just been a kick-ass pair of equals with an unbreakable bond of friendship but you never know. Since alot of your blog looks at their relationship I'd be curious to hear what you think!
I’m not sure what the fandom’s opinion is on them as a whole—I expect it’s varied—but my personal opinion is the same as yours: I think that bond of friendship would have been there, without question, but I don’t think they would have resumed their sexual relationship. Maybe they would have every once in a while—you never know with Mikael!—but after Lisbeth essentially got her heart broken by him, I don’t think she would have committed to a sexual relationship again.
I also think that the third book left them in good places with other people in their lives—Lisbeth apologizes to Miriam; Mikael starts a relationship with Monica (was that her name? it’s been some time since I’ve read the novels; I’m planning a reread before the remake comes out) and admits to Erika that he might be falling for her. Admittedly, I was a huge fan of Mikael and Erika’s relationship because it was such a unique dynamic! Erika had such a strong relationship with her husband, but she also loved and deeply cared for Mikael, and I don’t think they would ever truly be able to give each other up, not with all they’d been through.
Given the lengths that Lisbeth and Mikael had gone through for each other, I do think they would have remained close friends, although I imagine the trust would take a little longer to rebuild. I absolutely love the note the third book leaves them on, of Lisbeth finally letting Mikael back into her life. I don’t know if they’d ever get back to that romantic connection, but I don’t really think they need it—their connection is deeper than that.
new on tumblr and just found your blog! I'm a huge fan of the series, and I love that your blog focuses on Mikael Blomkvist, too. Since Lisbeth is such an original and out-there character, people can tend to forget what an awesome and BAMF Mikael is:P
Hey! I’m so glad to hear you think that; I’m pleased to represent Mikael! I love his character; his faith and love for Lisbeth is incredible, and he still manages to be an outstanding reporter and a very good investigator. I agree, he gets overshadowed by Lisbeth much of the time, but I remember that when I first read the books, Mikael was very intriguing to me. Lisbeth is the one who hooked me, but I was always rooting for Mikael to figure out the Harriet Vanger mystery and to give Wennerstrom the what for. ;)
Those were actually my thoughts, exactly.
I was more than a little disappointed by both the trailer and the poster; but, nevertheless, I remain excited about the upcoming release. It may be just be a bad promotions department. *shrug*
I’m still trying to be optimistic, as I really like the cast and I’m curious to see if Mara can pull off the role. I don’t think the American versions will measure up to the originals, just because there’s something about the films being in the language of the original material, but I think it could be interesting to see what changes they feel are necessary for an American audience. I’ve just been less than enthused with the choice to feature so much female nudity in the promotional materials! Like you said, I think it’s probably just poor marketing decisions.
There’s no official confirmation that this is real, but Entertainment Weekly has reported a NSFW version of the poster we’ve already seen. Clearly, the controversial bit is Rooney Mara’s breasts; I highly doubt this would get displayed in a theater.
What does everyone think about the female nudity in the promotional materials? So far, I’ve seen Mara naked in the trailer, the poster, the photoshoots… frankly, I find it a bit insulting and demeaning to the message of Larsson’s work. He was crusading against the objectification of women, and yet the filmmakers here seem to be promoting it by parading Mara around naked. They seem to be marketing it almost as an exploitation-type film, and I really don’t think that’s the way to go.
Well, what do you think of this so far?
Funnily enough, I just posted it once I saw it reported on a news site!
I don’t know how I feel just yet—it’s a bit too stylistic for me to get an impression, as we don’t get any dialogue and it’s cut very fast.
It seems like it’ll be a bit more high-tech than the Swedish films—the glimpse of the parade photographs scene comes to mind. I don’t know if I like that we’re shown the parade in color, as if we were there. I much prefer the approach the originals took, with the ghostly, washed-out black-and-white, shuddering movements of the photo sequence.
It seems like either there’s going to be more action, or that they’re going to play up what action there is, and I don’t know if that’s the right approach. When I first showed the films to a friend of mine who hadn’t seen them but had read the books, I told her that I liked that they never made the movies into action films. It’s the type of movie that plays epic music over journalism sequences, the type of movie where Internet searches and sifting through receipts is how the villain is found. We have the one car chase and Blomkvist being shot at, and that’s about it. I don’t think I’ll like it if the remake chooses to punch up those scenes into something more than they were.
As ever, I will try to be optimistic, since I love the cast we have and I’m curious to see if Rooney Mara can do the role of Lisbeth, even if I think there’s no way the original films can be topped (especially since the ending has allegedly been changed, which I think means Harriet’s fate will be different). We’ll see in December, I suppose!
This is a fansite for Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, featuring the incomparable Lisbeth Salander ("Sally") and Mikael Blomkvist ("Kalle" Blomkvist in the press). Larsson unfortunately passed away prior to his novels' publication, but it is one hell of a legacy to leave behind. I know I'm one of the many fans who has fallen in love with these characters.
I'm Trai, a 19-year-old fan living in the US. So while I may be far removed from the Swedish side of things, I'm going to try and stay as on top of the news as I can. I hope to see a lot of fans finding this place!