"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo": Novel vs. Film Comparison Essay by Carly Evans

Compares the novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" with the Swedish and US films based on the book.
# 150766 | 2,012 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published by on Apr 13, 2012 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Literature (European (other))

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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is the English language version of a Swedish novel by journalist Stieg Larsson. This paper discusses how that book was published posthumously after Larsson's death in 2004 and became a huge bestseller. The paper summarizes the plotline of the novel, and talks about themes addressed in the book and in the films made from it. The paper discusses both the original Swedish language film and the 2011 Hollywood version, and talks about how they compare to each other and to the novel. The paper discusses central characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, and the performances by Daniel Craig and Mara Rooney in the 2011 film. It then concludes with a very favorable review of the 2011 film, and states that in many ways it improved upon the book.

Plot Summary
How the Movie Compares to the Book

From the Paper:

"The story follows Mikael Blomkvist, a Swedish journalist who, at the beginning of the novel, is having a very bad day. He has just lost a libel case and is facing both jail time and large fine. He feels he needs to separate himself from his magazine, in order to draw fire away from the publisher and the other employees. And in the midst of this, he is hired to solve a thirty-year-old mystery by an industrialist named Vanger.

"The puzzle he is hired to solve has "something of the flavor of a classic locked-room mystery, involving the disappearance of Vanger's favorite niece, Harriet. On the day in question, when a bridge accident made leaving the island impossible, 16-year-old Harriet simply vanished. Vanger not only suspects she was murdered, he thinks it was done by a member of his family, and he wants Blomkvist to put his investigative reporting skills to work finding the truth" (Turan).

"The novel begins slowly, with a lot of background and character development, and introducing a seemingly never-ending parade of Vanger-family suspects. But it picks up pace as Blomkvist delves deeper and deeper into the history of Vanger's family and uncovers a nest of scorpions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bickerstaff, Russ. ``Book vs. Movie vs. Movie: the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.'' boxofficeprophets.com. Box Office Prophets. (Jan. 2, 2012) : Web. 9 Apr. 2012.
  • French, Phillip. ``The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Review.'' guardian.co.uk. The Observer. (Dec. 31, 2011) : Web. 9 Apr. 2012.
  • Grabert, Jessica. ``8 Biggest Differences Between The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Book and Movie.'' cinemablend.com. Cinema Blend.com. (Dec. 22, 2011) : Web. 9 Apr. 2012
  • Staskiewicz, Keith. ``The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo': Steven Zaillian on changing the story and ending.'' Ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. (Dec. 25, 2011) : Web. 9 Apr. 2012
  • Turan, Kenneth. ``Movie review: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' is too frigid.'' Latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. (Dec. 20, 2011) : Web. 10 Apr. 2012.

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