I've heard a few people say that the "girl" in the book, Lisbeth, is one of the most fascinating new characters in literature. I'm not sure I buy into the hyperbole about Lisbeth. She is an excellently drawn character, but I'm not sure is solely responsible for making the book popular. (A side note--the original title for the book was Men Who Hate Women.)
In the end, I concluded that several factors have let to its popularity:
- A generous amount of sex and violence
- A likable (though ultimately forgettable) protagonist
- A compelling and somewhat complex mystery
- And, of course, an extremely well-drawn secondary protagonist (Lisbeth)
What do you think? What make this book work? Could it have been better?
p.s. Did you all know that Larsson was a huge sci-fi fan and even wrote a few sci-fi stories?