Happy new year, everyone!
Welcome to ‘books to films’ for 2010!
My first installment is Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, namely the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which is a wonderfully engrossing murder mystery about a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist hired to find the niece of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families. Helping Blomkvist is a young, pierced and tattooed computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, who helps him uncover the truth behind the niece’s disappearance forty years earlier. It’s a page turner of a mystery, well written and well worth your time. Lisbeth is a kick-ass gal, with the mind of a genius, and the heart of a warrior. A true but uncharacteristic heroine for the millennium!
The film has just been released on DVD and is entitled, Millenium. It’s in Swedish with English sub-titles . The film is well-directed with visuals of Stockholm and its surrounding country side. The cinematography is very beautiful and esoteric of Swedish films (think Ingmar Bergman and Lasse Hallstrom). The film remains true to the book although with a few exceptions, as it logs in at 2 hours and 30 minutes. Here’s a sample;
In theatres across Canada at this time, is the second film based on the second book called, The Girl Who Played with Fire.
Here’s a sneak peek.
And finally, the last book in the series is called The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, which hasn’t been translated into English yet although it’s already been translated in French and in Spanish. Go figure!
Stieg Larsson died in 2004, months after he had delivered the entire manuscript for the series. You can learn more about him at his website.
Have a wonderful 2010, people and remember; Do something green every day(recycle,reuse, reduce) do one random act of kindness every day (pay it forward!) and be proactive in your community or give your time and or donations to help in your global village, which means any and many humanitarian causes, for instance, War Child. They are so many! Get involved, be a part of giving and living and smile, smile, smile!
This is the word for January 4th, 2010! Cheers!
*(Happy birthday, Victoria Lee!)