Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Stieg Larsson's Books: Why Do People Like Them?
I thought I was going to love Stieg Larsson's books. I love mystery novels to the degree where I have turned them into one of my research interests. I am also fascinated with the Scandinavian countries. I enjoy reading literature from Sweden and about Sweden. Alongside Norway, Sweden is a country where I would love to live.
For these reasons, I was sure I would really enjoy the Millenium Trilogy. In reality, though, I find it painfully hard to slog just through the first of the books. The characters are beyond boring, the story line is painfully lacking in any interest, the writing style is horrible (translation or not, you can still spot an uninspired style of this magnitude). The only parts of the book I enjoyed are the ones that describe the beautiful Swedish climate. In the midst of the scorching Midwest summer I'm bravely dealing with right now, reading about all the cold and snow is a welcome relief. Otherwise, the book seems simply endless and not in a good way.
What I find it hard to understand is why everybody else seems to love these novels so much. If any of my readers read these books and can tell me why people go crazy over Stieg Larsson's mysteries, I would be very grateful.