Only in Stockholm: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tour

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tour Swedish Love Affair1
I often get questions about Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, especially now that the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is out. I haven’t seen it yet, but of course I’ve seen the Swedish original. Much of the story takes place here in Stockholm, and both movies were shot on location.
Nowadays you can take guided tours set around the locations in the books. They will take you to Mikael Blomqvist’s favorite café and the 7-Eleven where Lisbeth Salander does her grocery shopping.

And here’s a fun fact: for those who’d rather go by themselves than follow the 2-hour tour, there are Millenium Maps for sale. They cost about $ 7.

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4 Responses to Only in Stockholm: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tour

  1. Meredith says:

    I haven’t seen the movie or read the book but I’ve read some reviews and I don’t understand why anyone would want to watch a movie with such appalling violence against a woman. A healthy man or woman should be repelled by this and it only serves to feed the sick minds of evil men who enjoy hurting and humiliating women. Why, as women, or a man who doesn’t hate women want to support this with their dollars? Why support more ugliness in this world? Can you explain to me? Thank you :(

  2. pretty_owl says:

    Oh,that is rather predictable :-) I saw the movie and I liked it very much,the story is very complicated, it is developed on several layers, the characters are real and authentic and the actor play really great. You should see it, Antonia!

  3. Maggie says:

    Meredith,
    One of the main themes of the books/films (the Swedish films at least. I cannot comment on the Hollywood remake) is that yes, there is violence against women. But Lisbeth Salander is a woman who refuses to be a victim to this violence anymore. There is a line in the second book that describes Salander as “The woman who hated men who hate women.” I really have never read a more pro-women book in my entire life. It’s about finding the strength within yourself to overcome a society that is so condition towards violence, and as a woman that is huge for me. Really I think you should give it a shot before passing such judgements on truly important and powerful work.

    • Araceli says:

      I read somewhere that Stieg Larsson based this trilogy on an actual rape he witnessed. The article did not specify whether he witnesses this intentionally or by accident. It said he never forgave himself for not helping the girl but found some comfort in making her a heroine in his story. I think he was trying, through this book, remind women they a voice, strength and power to defend themselves. I am still trying to get through the book. I read it in small doses because it is a little violent for me, but it is good.

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