Lisbeth Salander: A Feminist Hero?
Feminist Friday / August 11, 2017

With the surges in popularity of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, fans all around the world have been captivated by the riveting and unique anti-heroine, Lisbeth Salander. The novels are a story inside a story. Outwardly, the plot is an ingoing crime drama with various mobster fellows and sexual encounters and cops. Inwardly, though, it is all about Lisbeth: how she came to be, why she is who she, and what will happen to her. Every piece of the plot is connected to Lisbeth in some way. She shoves her way into every single nuance of the book, never far from the minds of readers or other characters. She longs to be left alone and in peace and, yet, refuses to be ignored or pushed aside. She is, actually, quite a bit like a dragon, a huge, formidable beast that breathes fire before talking rationally. I first read these books a long time ago, before the movies even began making headway.¬†The first thing that stood out to me about these novels¬†was how poorly they were written. Like, almost to the point of making them unreadable. However, this is pretty much common knowledge in the Larsson fandom…

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