YMMV / The Millennium Trilogy

The Millennium Trilogy as a series contains YMMV examples of:

  • Angst? What Angst?: Played with in Lisbeth's case. On the one hand, she has been deeply marked by her terrible childhood experiences, but on the other hand, this has made her pretty much impervious to any later trauma. Her reaction to being brutally raped and tortured for an entire night is to very calmly get revenge, and then move on without any sign of being hurt by it. Her reaction to being shot in the head and buried alive is likewise to get revenge, and then function pretty much exactly as she has always done.
  • Broken Base: Between the fans of Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth and those of Rooney Mara's version. Or, if you prefer, English vs. Swedish versions. Making it more interesting is that the Swedish Dragon Tattoo film is more faithful to the tone of the novel, while the American one is more faithful to the plot, so everyone gets to decide which is more important to them.
    • In regards to the books: The Larsson books or Post-Larsson books. Either you're okay with the series continuing and trying to fulfill Larrson's idea of ten books within the series or you find it a complete middle finger from Larsson's family decided to continue the series and disregard the fact his partner, Eva Gabrielsson should be a part of Larsson's estate (as she owns the last of the planned manuscripts Larsson had written before his death) due to the two never being married, as both Larsson and Gabrielsson did intentionally to avoid being tracked due to their anti-fascist work.
      • And regardless of your thoughts on whether or not you were okay with the series continuing, The Girl in the Spider's Web was met with mixed reviews. Some enjoyed the plot and characters and were warmly receptive of it as a continuation of the series, while others found that the writing and plot failed to live up to Larsson's and flanderized both Lisbeth and Blomkvist.
  • Captain Obvious Aesop: Human trafficking is a problem that needs to be dealt with. Rapists are bad. So are Nazis. Nazi rapists are even worse. Pedophiles aren't so hot either.
  • Complete Monster: Besides the Vangers, the other two books have Zalachenko, a Russian agent who took refuge in Sweden. Because of his high importance to the government, Zalachenko was allowed to do anything he wanted. His favorite activity was abusing his wife. He would often torture or beat her in front of their daughter. The last time, he beat her so bad he left her with severe brain damage, which resulted in his daughter, who we find out is Lisbeth, burning Zala alive in retribution. Surviving with hideous wounds, Zala became the leader of a powerful human trafficking ring where girls were forced into prostitution (he abandoned a more lucrative career as a drug dealer for this profession; it is thus strongly implied he is in this job out of spite. Having many, many women sold into sex slavery or killed when their value diminished, Zala also had multiple murders committed by his nightmarishly powerful son, and when he found out his daughter's location, he spared no expense to murder anyone in his path to torture her to death himself.
  • Designated Hero: Lisbeth Salander may rarely be in the wrong, and may be up against more depraved people than herself, but she's still a deeply scary human being.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Michael Nyqvist, who played Stieg Larrson's Author Avatar Blomqvist in the Swedish films, died in his 50s just like Larrson.
  • Iron Woobie: Lisbeth Salander.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Despite all her attitude problems, there are times throughout the books when so much gets piled on her that you just want to give Lisbeth a big hug. Preferably when she's not holding a Taser.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Many feminists like to look at Lisbeth as a role model because she goes out of her way to beat up misogynistic pigs.... ignoring the fact that it is made explicitly clear that not only is Lisbeth a violent person who repeatedly goes above the law to achieve her own ends, she's not portrayed as a feminist in the books, as she is supposed to be a stand in for those who are subjected to violence and being taken advantage of. She also doesn't fit into any kind of social classification, including feminism, which was another point of her character.
  • No Yay: Martin with Mikael.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The three books have obvious messages against violence/mistreatment towards women, government and business corruption, and abuse of power in general.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Teleborian may be a sadistic Smug Snake and a prolific pedophile, but he is correct- promiscuous sexual behavior is indeed a marker of sociopathy. Its not, in and of itself, enough for a diagnosis, but Lisbeth setting her dad on fire (even if he deserved it) didn't do her any favors as far as that goes, nor did her history of truancy and alcohol abuse or her evident (if justified) paranoia. He is ignorant of her torture of her (sexually abusive) social carer and her career as a world class cyber criminal, which is just as well for her because all in all he could make a pretty convincing case. She might not be a true sociopath, but she certainly displays many sociopathic traits.
  • Values Dissonance: From the Swedish perspective, a 16-year old is not really a child when it comes to having sex.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo contains YMMV examples of:

  • Award Snub: Rooney Mara losing the Oscar for Best Actress is seen as this. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score for the film wasn't even nominated at the Oscars.
  • Awesome Music: The score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the 2011 film qualifies, not to mention the cover of Immigrant Song, performed by Karen O during the opening credits, or the other cover, Is Your Love Strong Enough?, by his wife Mariqueen Maandig.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Martin Vanger is the likable CEO of a family corporation. He is troubled since his sister vanished long ago. He also comes across as a nice guy and saves the protagonist's life in the movie. In the end, however, Martin reveals his true colors: he is a Serial Killer, who has been torturing, raping and murdering hundreds of women since he was a teenager. His chilling explanation is: "This is every man's innermost dream. I take what I want." Martin suffers his comeuppance, when Lisbeth denies him the same mercy he denied all his victims.
    • Martin's father, Gottfried, is an anti-Semitic racist Nazi, itself a horrid way to make a first impression. Gottfried rapes his own daughter and kills at least 7 women in parodies of Old Testament (specifically, Leviticus) punishments. He is also the one responsible for raising Martin into an individual like himself.
  • Ending Fatigue: A fairly common complaint about the American adaptation. The A plot concerning Harriet's murder wrapped up about 25 minutes before the end of the movie, the rest of the time was spent dealing with Blomkvist's and Salander's revenge against Wennerström. In his commentary, Fincher says they tried for weeks to get a more natural pacing for a film, but ultimately had to accept it as a "five act" story.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Eva Green and Léa Seydoux were among the actresses considered for the role of Lisbeth, five years after the former and 4 years before the latter would play a Bond Girl opposite Daniel Craig.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bjurman - who is Lisbeth's legal guardian and caretaker - crosses this line when he forces her to perform oral sex in exchange for the money she needs to replace her computer. And then longjumps even farther over it when he violently sodomizes, rapes and tortures her.
  • Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize: Stellan Skarsgård as Martin Vanger in the American adaptation.
  • Nausea Fuel: Blomkvist's adopted pet cat being left on his doorstep with its head missing and every limb snapped clean off.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The book gets off to a slow start, with a lot of infodumping about Blomkvist's legal troubles in a story that's supposed to be mystery. This thread doesn't get picked back up until the very end, causing Ending Fatigue. Meanwhile, the book's whole first half cuts between Blomkvist and Salander's stories seemingly at random, making it quite a relief when they finally join forces. It's likely that Larsson would have done some editing to make it flow better if he'd lived.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Not the entire film, but the opening credits to the 2011 American version are extremely reminiscent of the title sequence to a James Bond film, complete with surreal, sexual imagery and a dark, thrilling lyrical song. Bonus points since the American version stars Daniel Craig.
  • Squick: Lots of it. Most of all, the biblical serial murders and Harriet's history of being raped repeatedly by her father and brother - once by her brother immediately after she'd murdered their father (while "his body was still floating in the water), to boot!. Lisbeth has a bit as well, when she gets revenge on Bjurman.

The Girl Who Played With Fire contains YMMV examples of:

  • Critical Research Failure: Paulo Roberto is portrayed as a straight boxer who is unprepared when his opponent throws a kick. Roberto actually began his career as a kickboxer.
    • In all fairness, Niedermann started the match as a traditional boxing round, at least as traditional a match can be in a warehouse with a kidnap victim and a chainsaw. Roberto got caught by surprise because he was analyzing the match as a typical boxer.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the novel, it's hinted that Mia was pregnant.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Zalachenko crossed it when he beat Lisbeth's mother so badly that she suffered a crippling cerebral hemorrhage.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest contains YMMV examples of:

  • Harsher in Hindsight: At the beginning of the novel, Blomkvist says that he is going to talk with Dag and Mia's families about the publication of Dag's books, to get their opinion. In Real Life Larsson's family was much less considerate about the manuscripts, publishing them without his partner's consent.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Even though he's trying to screw up Lisbeth's life, Fredrik Clinton crosses this when he arranges for Mikael to be murdered and framed for dealing drugs in an effort to destroy his credibility. Wadensjö even calls him on it, saying that Clinton will end up destroying The Section because of his actions.
  • Seasonal Rot: Generally considered the weakest in the series, with the gripping action of the first two novels put aside and more ponderous legal drama taking the stage.