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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What Is It About ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?’

Rooney Mara, shown in a scene from "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." (AP)

Rooney Mara, shown in a scene from "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." (AP)

Swedish author Stieg Larrson’s “Millenium Trilogy,” which began with “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” has sold 65 million copies worldwide and has spawned three Swedish films and an American version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” directed by “The Social Network” director David Fincher.

The series includes scenes of horrific violence against women, including the rape of the heroine, hacker Lisbeth Salander. So why is it so popular, particularly among young women?

Here and Now pop culture critic Renee Graham says that the story pulls in women because of the way that Salander gets back at her attacker.

Graham calls the character “the great punk avenging angel….for all women who have been taken advantage of and brutalized.”

Guest:

  • Renee Graham, Here and Now pop culture critic

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