Friday, December 23, 2011

Weekly Inspiration: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I know today is technically supposed to be a Foreign Service Friday, but unfortunately there isn't much new to report. John got his salary offer and it was the best we could have hoped for, so that's one less thing to worry about. He also got his package of paperwork, which means at some point this weekend we'll be doing a lot of research into health insurance plans. That's one thing about the military I'll miss - free health care.

As far as this week's inspiration goes, I should clarify that I haven't seen the new movie yet. John and I are hopefully going tomorrow (thank you, Grandma, for the free babysitting!). I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for book club last year, and to be honest it wasn't my favorite book. I think Lisbeth Salander is a fascinating character, but I was left wanting more of her. That's one of the things I'm most looking forward to in the American film version (I'm almost finished with the third Swedish film): unlike the Swedish films, which are apparently quite true to the novels, the American film explores Lisbeth's character in further detail. To which I say: bring it on! Talk about a badass female character!

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander
I'm glad that they chose a relatively unknown actress for the role. Rooney Mara has some pretty big shoes to fill - Noomi Rapace made an excellent Lisbeth - but I don't know if I would have believed some of the people who tried out for the role, including Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson (I mean, seriously?). And I'm thrilled they chose Daniel Craig to play Mikael Blomvkist - perfect casting in my humble opinion. It will be interesting to see how violent this version is - the book is very graphic and the Swedish film doesn't leave much to the imagination. For now, I'm going to hop on the treadmill and finish the third film (they're all streaming for free on Netflix, by the way). I'm hoping afterward I'll feel inspired enough to rewrite the first chapter of my novel...

I hope you all have a very happy holiday weekend! In the meantime, here's a little something to tide you over until Monday.

The resemblance is uncanny, right?

1 comment:

kerry2642 said...

Mara . haven't read tattoo yet.. Zak has read them.. and his comment follows yours.. its okay.. but he is looking forward to the our version so he can compare the 2 .. Have a great weekend.. enjoy.. and so happy that things are working out.. must tell you again I am one very proud Aunt of both of you.. hugs and more.. "AK"