Last week, I bade farewell to Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist when I finally ended the Millenium Trilogy with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
The series may have sounded that it was completely incomplete (with mentions by the media that there was going to be a 4th book but the manuscript’s never finished), but the ending of the third book did do justice in to ending the intensifying yet breathtaking adventures of the young, petite but abused punk hacker prodigy and the liberal journalist against sexual abuse offenders and even a government agency to boot.
The final installment was primarily recovery and court drama, with a lot of unraveling (more like a lot of murdering) of the said individuals involved in a confidential secret that a government agency had been hiding from the public, which sadly involved sex trafficking/prostitution and other series of crimes involving a murderous former Soviet defector and other types of conspiracies involved. In addition, a lot of scenes portraying personal (and public) revenge were also illustrated throughout the book. Personally for me, this final book was a lot more “tame” than the first two books (I don’t know why, but I find sexual abuse a lot more disturbing than murder scenes— maybe I’ve just gotten used to reading too many crime fiction where murder scenes (no matter how grotesque they may be) had no effect on me… as long as they’re on text and not visual on film LOL). Sadly after all this, I somewhat felt sad that this would be the last that I would read of Salander and Blomkvist.
So now, other than the court hoopla going on with Stieg Larsson’s girlfriend and his family over the late author’s estate, the only other updates regarding the Millenium Trilogy was that there is going to be a Hollywood-produced version of the movie. I haven’t seen the original Swedish films yet but I am interested in watching them myself. I’d be willing to watch the Hollywood version too, just keeping an open mind as always. I’m not very keen int o watching movies adapted from novels. I’m the type who would just grab the book first and read it before watching the movie.
At the moment I’m doing the same thing with Dan Simmons’ bestseller Drood and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love (even if there’s a movie of that book already). Most of the time I just read the books and never watch the film version at all, but if I really do like it so much, I’d still be willing to watch the film versions if I feel like it. Also happened with the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and even the Chronicles of Narnia book series. Same with His Dark Materials trilogy (beginning with The Golden Compass) and the old Babysitter’s Club series (which I used to read like a total addict when I was in 5th grade).
I’m still “grieving” over the closing of my local Borders bookstore. It was my second or third favorite hangout in my town whenever I feel like going out. I don’t even have a B&N nearby that doesn’t involve taking the freeway. The only place that I’ve got left to hang out just for reading and have a nice cup of tea or latte is the local coffee shop and TapEx (when there’s no “kids” hanging around chatting and making noise…).
OK, that’s it. Signing off for now. Till next time!