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  • Hardcover
  • 146 pages
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Book 1
  • Denise Mina
  • English
  • 06 February 2019
  • 1401235573

10 thoughts on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Book 1

  1. Gally Gally says:

    2 starsFor the record, I own the entire Millennium book trilogy and the Swedish movie trilogy It s one of my favorite series and Lisbeth is hands down an all time favorite character My review treats this graphic novel as an adaptation of an original work, not an original or stand alone work because that s not what it is.That being said, while I do enjoy quite a few graphic novels, I don t usually read comic versions of books because I find them lacking in content and not close enough to the or 2 starsFor the record, I own the entire Millennium book trilogy and the Swedish movie trilogy It s one of my favorite series and Lisbeth is hands down an all time favorite character My review treats this graphic novel as an adaptation of an original work, not an original or stand alone work because that s not what it is.That being said, while I do enjoy quite a few graphic novels, I don t usually read comic versions of books because I find them lacking in content and not close enough to the original eventhan some movie adaptations so they becomelike condensed, spin offs to me.I picked this up because of the badass cover art and the first few pages seemed accurate to the book Unfortunately, it left me pretty disappointed for the above reasons and I will be returning this.This definitely does not deserve the 4 and 5 star ratings people who haven t read the books or even seen the movies have been giving it I don t want to make this a long review since there are others out there who ve already expressed the same opinions, so in a nutshell, this got 2 stars because The character of Lisbeth was portrayed asfrail and emotional than she is in the book She does not go dancing and she does not cry.Too many panels looked the same, like they were copied, pasted, and zoomed in even though I can tell they weren t I actually went back to previous pages to make sure I wasn t looking at the same illustration on a different background.The art actually becomes lazy after a while It just gets flat and less detailed as if they decided to stop shading, especially the parts with Mikael If you re drawn in by the cover, don t expect the inside to be the same.The character s mouths aren t open when they re talking This may seem like a minor detail, but I feel like the most basic thing an illustrator should know is to make the characters look animated, not like statues People are just sitting there while speech bubbles are floating around them If it weren t for the speech bubbles pointing to the tight lipped character who s supposed to be talking, you wouldn t know whom the words belong to.Finally, too many details are just not accurate, such as the tattoo Lisbeth cuts into Bjurman.If you want a visual adaptation of the Millennium trilogy, try the Swedish films they re accurate to the book minus a few minor details, and I personally think Noomi Rapace portrays Lisbeth flawlessly, right down to her small height, muscular build, punk hair, and icy, take no prisoners attitude


  2. Avery Avery says:

    I am a very big fan of Stieg Larsson s original series, as well as the films I was very excited to read the graphic novel adaptation, even though it seemed a bit pointless To me, releasing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in such a form threatened to deter people from reading the actual novel and simply picking up the comic version Indeed, skimming through the reviews thus far, many have either only seen the films, or are completely new and this is their introduction to the series What a sham I am a very big fan of Stieg Larsson s original series, as well as the films I was very excited to read the graphic novel adaptation, even though it seemed a bit pointless To me, releasing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in such a form threatened to deter people from reading the actual novel and simply picking up the comic version Indeed, skimming through the reviews thus far, many have either only seen the films, or are completely new and this is their introduction to the series What a shame.Throughout reading the graphic novel, I wondered multiple times to myself, How was this allowed to publish And the primary reason I wondered this was due to the very poor quality of writing Denise Mina s characterization of Lisbeth Salander is entirely, well, out of character Mina s Salander has a farcomfortable social life She makes witty quips, smiles, even goes dancing at a club Anyone who has read the books or even if you ve only seen the films, Swedish or American will understand how far off this portrayal is Another egregious flaw is the actual adaptation Of course, all adaptations, especially when converting mediums, will require some amount of condensing This is particularly true with Larsson s books, as they are lengthy and very densely plotted I thought the way the American film handle this condensing of plot was superb Things that work in novels won t consistently translate onto the screen well So I understand and fully embrace the necessity of condensing plot and story in adaptations But in Mina s so called adaptation, I would say that what she has done is, not condense, but paraphrase This adaptation reads like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo SparkNotes.Despite my extreme disappointment, I will still most likely purchase and read the next Book, and the next, and so on But I would recommend people who are interested to devote the time to Larsson s brilliant trilogy, watch the films Swedish and American , and steer clear of the graphic novel


  3. Ashley Ashley says:

    Ugh Bad characterizations for most of the characters, all of the characters with the exception of maybe Lisbeth look they ve stepped out of a 90 s era coloring book, and the dialogue excepting the parts taken verbatim from the book is AWFUL But worst of all, Denise Mina has tamed this story to mediocrity I m all in favor of changing the story to fit the medium where it s necessary, but Mina seems to have made changes just to make things easier for herself For example Holger Palmgren does Ugh Bad characterizations for most of the characters, all of the characters with the exception of maybe Lisbeth look they ve stepped out of a 90 s era coloring book, and the dialogue excepting the parts taken verbatim from the book is AWFUL But worst of all, Denise Mina has tamed this story to mediocrity I m all in favor of changing the story to fit the medium where it s necessary, but Mina seems to have made changes just to make things easier for herself For example Holger Palmgren doesn t have a stroke He and Lisbeth visit merrily in the beginning of the story and discuss her new guardian, Nils Bjurman This means that Lisbeth goes to see Nils Bjurman with someone still in her corner The whole point of Lisbeth in the first half of book one is that there is literally NO ONE in her corner She goes to Nils Bjurman because she has to Moreover, if Palmgren had still been alive as Lisbeth thought he was dead after his stroke in the books , she would very possibly have gone to him for help as she thought of him like a father The entire rest of the book makes no sense with Palmgren still an active player She tames Lisbeth down Instead of her laptop being broken by a mugger whom Lisbeth then chases and attacks back, she gets knocked down by an old lady in the street and the laptop falls in a puddle She also has Lisbeth nominally socially functional with people she interacts with, giving Plague social advice, actually exchanging words with BjurmanWhen she s on the phone with Bjurman asking for money to replace the laptop, she starts crying, and a black mascara tear streams down her face This is incredibly out of character Lisbeth is stoic and badass and does what needs to be done She doesn t stand out in the snow crying and feeling sorry for herself She then goes grovelling for money from Plague, Mimmi, and Armansky Again, not something Lisbeth would do Mina skips straight over the BJ in the office and jumps right to Bjurman raping Lisbeth in his apartment This takes all the agency away from Lisbeth s decision to tape her encounter with him, and if it does turn out that she caught it on tape, that doesn t even make any sense Even in the middle of the brutal rape scene, Mina manages to make Bjurman less despicable by having him treat the rape like he thought Lisbeth wanted him, instead of the real motivation, which was he just liked taking advantage of her, assuming she was mentally challenged She also makes him seem like a crappy D movie villain, making him say things like Are you read to party, gorgeous Because I like to part ay I mean, what the fuck The whole reason the Bjurman Salander dynamic is so terrifying and frustrating in the novel is that Lisbeth is utterly at his mercy in terms of power, and Mina completely undercuts that dynamic, turning it into one of sexploitation instead Lisbeth would never say things like, Say hello to my little friend Seriously She does not do quippy Did you even read the source material, lady Mikael s sections are just boring.That s not to say Mina didn t get some things right, but all in all, this is a pretty poor adaptation of a much loved story If I had been a first time reader, I m not even sure I would have understood what was going on Or if I did, cared at all The bones of the story are all there, she just takes all the goodness out of it My advice don t bother


  4. Paul Nelson Paul Nelson says:

    Ok I ve read the millennium trilogy, seen the Swedish versions of all three films including the extended cuts and the Hollywood version, so I was interested to see how the graphic novel adaptation was handled Lisbeth Salander is probably one of the most intriguing heroines ever put down on paper, socially inept, a moody genius, hard as nails and prone to the odd spot of violence when threatened.The graphic novel relies heavily on the fact that the reader is intimately familiar with the storylin Ok I ve read the millennium trilogy, seen the Swedish versions of all three films including the extended cuts and the Hollywood version, so I was interested to see how the graphic novel adaptation was handled Lisbeth Salander is probably one of the most intriguing heroines ever put down on paper, socially inept, a moody genius, hard as nails and prone to the odd spot of violence when threatened.The graphic novel relies heavily on the fact that the reader is intimately familiar with the storyline and would understand what is going on when confronted with page after page with little or no dialogue A littleexplanation of what is happening was required, if you ve not already bought into the franchise and its your first experience of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo then this I m afraid is not going to pull you in and leave you desperate for .On to the artwork, which is where my main problem lies, Looking at the cover I thought I was in for a treat with the fantastic drawing of Lisbeth smoking a cigarette but the cover had the time spent on it, unfortunately the rest of the novel felt rushed and a little sloppy There is one small panel where we see Lisbeths dragon tattoo in all its splendour and it looks fantastic but overall there is no consistency and she looks to different from page to page Its almost like the artist has tried to combine the looks of Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara, some of it looks really good and some really bad The same can be said of the artists rendering of Mikael Blomkvist almost as if the novel is aimed at the Hollywood versions audience with a blonde Adonis type figure.The sexual violence is a big talking point of the novel and films, the rape of Lisbeth Salander by her evil guardian Nils Bjurman is handled slightly differently in the graphic novel Bjurman is a woman hating sadist who in the book makes a conscious decision to abuse someone in his care, yet here he is portrayed as a guy with mental problems who thinks Lisbeth is attracted to him Can t really understand why this change in character profile from the source material was done, Bjurman is an evil man who has committed an atrocious act that deserved suitable punishment and now the whole concept is changed, it doesn t diminish the act but changes the perception Lisbeth has her revenge in the same fashion but this change was not done well and was another negative aspect of the adaptation There is obviously some great source material for this graphic novel and I thought it would be extremely difficult to f k this up but I was left disappointed, evenso because I bought volume 2 and both of them are expensive but I will read to see if they destroy it any


  5. Kai Kai says:

    Good adaption of a great novel It is extremely hard, I d say impossible, to put Stieg Larsson s masterwork between only 146 pages I liked the comic but it could not transmit all the feelings, the rawness, the cruelty and genius of the original work.


  6. Beth Beth says:

    This book is perhaps the most pointless cash grab I ve ever read in my whole life I will concede that some of the illustrations especially the cover were gorgeous and obviously had been done meticulously and lovingly However This book is only HALF of a book I ve already read It s incredibly overpriced and, for that, I would recommend it to absolutely nobody Dude, nearly ten pounds for half of a book I ve already read This section of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduces us to a This book is perhaps the most pointless cash grab I ve ever read in my whole life I will concede that some of the illustrations especially the cover were gorgeous and obviously had been done meticulously and lovingly However This book is only HALF of a book I ve already read It s incredibly overpriced and, for that, I would recommend it to absolutely nobody Dude, nearly ten pounds for half of a book I ve already read This section of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduces us to a couple of the Vangers, the mystery surrounding Harriet s disappearance, and the subplot of Bjurman s abuse of Lisbeth It cuts off abruptly after that This was so obviously done to pumpmoney mercilessly out of Lisbeth Salander fans, such as myself What kind of publishing company who have respect for their readers would hack the already extremely well known plot of Dragon Tattoo in half and release them as two incredibly expensive separate graphic novels otherwise That s bad enough, but so much of the graphic novel is simply the book, rehashed It seemed to me that when Mina didn t have the books to copy, she would return to either of the two films mostly the Swedish version to crib whole lines of translated dialogue This also returns back to the question of overpricing and who in hell thought it was a good idea to cut the book in half I understand that manga frequently takesthan one volume to tell a story, which is fine, because God knows The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has a lot of stuff in it However, because Mina follows the structure of the films so religiously, it was deja vu all over again The feeling of having half a book is compounded by the paper thin and incredibly superficial storytelling over the half a book we already have Some of the drawings are gorgeous I thought the artwork of the prologue was beautifully done, as was Lisbeth s rape by Bjurman However, so much attention seemed to be lavished on Lisbeth who, I will admit, did look different between panels but is also pretty much made for graphic novel format that Mikael looked pathetic by comparison I also liked the rendering of Henrik, but it seems if the artists aren t working with large, obvious shapes such as the craggy, aged face of Henrik Vanger or Lisbeth s iconic appearance they prevaricate into almost comic looking scribbles It s hard to tell the Vangers apart I thought Cecilia Vanger and Erika looked far too alike and Mikael looked like a grownup Tintin Harriet Vanger s face was so inexpressive that I was left with nothing but a feeling of deep disappointment


  7. Jillyn Jillyn says:

    I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads.The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Vol 1 is a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson s bestselling book by the same title It follows a murder mystery from decades past with the socially inept computer genuis Lisbeth at center stage This volume covers half of that novel, with a second volume to be released in the future I have to say, this book is beautiful, from cover to cover The character that sticks out as consistently awesome looking is t I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads.The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Vol 1 is a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson s bestselling book by the same title It follows a murder mystery from decades past with the socially inept computer genuis Lisbeth at center stage This volume covers half of that novel, with a second volume to be released in the future I have to say, this book is beautiful, from cover to cover The character that sticks out as consistently awesome looking is the cover girl, Lisbeth She looks amazing in every frame This fact makes up for a lot of other little flaws in this volume, because Lisbeth is my fictional girl crush That being said, the rewriting of her character was, well, bad She was given cheesy quips and remarks that real Lisbeth would have kicked her ass for even thinking about saying She was softened up, and I don t like that at all TGWTDT is one of the few books with a strong heroine out there that gets the hype it deserves, but it doesn t reflect in this rendition The plot is a bit scattered and choppy It s not necessarily a bad thing, because I felt way about the novel at times too But because of a lack of actual chapters, it was a bit hard to keep up Doable, but a bit flustering if not paying super close attention.This book should NOT be read in place of the novel It acts as an illustrated guide, and the summarized plot is basically effective However, it is like reading the Sparknotes without reading the book You will be missing out PLEASE read the novel first, and read this after.I recommend it for fans of graphic novels and fans of Lisbeth People who are going to compare tiny details to the book should pass this up, it won t be for you Thank you to Goodreads for my copy I will definitely be picking up the other volumes in the future.This review can also be found on my new blog, Bitches n Prose


  8. Ana Mardoll Ana Mardoll says:

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel B009DNVXX8I m a big fan of the Millennium Trilogy, having read the novels several times, listened to the audiobook narrated by Simon Vance, and own the original movies with Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace I have not, for the record, seen the American remakes I selected this graphic novel at NetGalley with a great deal of excitement, fully expecting to enjoy it, but well, I won t say I m disappointed exactly, but I m not enthralled.This in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel B009DNVXX8I m a big fan of the Millennium Trilogy, having read the novels several times, listened to the audiobook narrated by Simon Vance, and own the original movies with Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace I have not, for the record, seen the American remakes I selected this graphic novel at NetGalley with a great deal of excitement, fully expecting to enjoy it, but well, I won t say I m disappointed exactly, but I m not enthralled.This installment of the series takes us from the opening with Vanger receiving the yearly flower to maybe about a third of the way through the novel where Lisbeth revenges herself on Bjurman I want to recognize upfront that adapting this much material into a 150 page graphic novel could not have been easy, and I think the adaptation author did about as good a job as could be hoped for.The story and characters have been altered pretty radically, though, in order to convey emotion and urgency on screen through facial expressions and dialogue rather than narration Erika Berger talks candidly about sex with Mikael Blomkvist and Christer Malm s sexuality at board meetings, Dragan Armanskij openly flirts with Lisbeth at work, Henrik Vanger cries on receiving the yearly flower, Lisbeth dances and laughs and flirts with Mimi in public, and so forth Everyone feels like they re wearing their heart on their sleeve and that change doesn t really work well with the tenor of the story, I think.The dialogue, too, has been changed pretty radically to support the format of the adaptation Cecilia Vanger contributesproactively to the investigation, and the old friend who sets Blomkvist off after Wennerstr m in the beginning has an entirely different story to tell I think all these changes are fair enough, given the needs of an adaptation, but I m less enthused about some strange Americanisms creeping into the dialogue When Lisbeth confronts Bjurman, for example, she quotes Al Pacino from Scarface by saying say hello to my little friend Things like that ended up jarring me out of the narrative, though others may feel differently.A word on the art in this novel it s not really my cup of tea There s a lot of heavy use of shading and shadowing in panels to prevent having to draw facial details beyond a rough outline Lisbeth is rendered very well, and her facial expressions are extremely vivid, but Blomkvist s face and even the shape of his head seems to shift and change a little too much from panel to panel It s also worth noting that the scenes of Lisbeth s rape are extremely graphic, with blood covering much of the panels this isn t a criticism so much as a caution to know what you re getting into if you purchase this volume.On balance, I m glad this graphic novel exists but it doesn t really feel like the story I know I think this will be a great introduction to the series for people who are curious about the story but weren t able to get into the densely detailed books, and I consider that to be a good thing But if you are a hardcore fan of the books, whether or not you like the adaptation will boil down to how you feel about the changes made in service to the new format I d give this book 3.5 stars, but I won t be picking up the next installment for myself personally.NOTE This review is based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through NetGalley Ana Mardoll


  9. Luke Luke says:

    I wanted to revisit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo before I started The Girl Who Played With Fire So I decided to experience via another medium the graphic novel I have read the book, I have seen the movie the Swedish one , and now I have read the the first graphic novel of two It was enjoyable the way everything unfolded and the way it left you reeling with questions It was, at times, mostly on Lisbeth s end if you are familiar with the story, you know what I mean disturbing I woul I wanted to revisit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo before I started The Girl Who Played With Fire So I decided to experience via another medium the graphic novel I have read the book, I have seen the movie the Swedish one , and now I have read the the first graphic novel of two It was enjoyable the way everything unfolded and the way it left you reeling with questions It was, at times, mostly on Lisbeth s end if you are familiar with the story, you know what I mean disturbing I would recommend this graphic novel adaptation it is certainly a great way to revisit the story without going through the book again I don t usually enjoy graphic novels as much as books, but I manage to find enjoyment in this particular one I really need the second half of it now


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    4.5 5 starsOne of my favorite things is to read the graphic novel version of my favorite books I absolutely loved the Millennium series So I was very excited to read this series in graphic novel format.The version I read is listed as Volume 1.1 It is not the complete first book Volumes 1.1 and 1.2 were later combined to make one The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel.I thought that this book was amazing The illustrations were great and I was able to easily follow the story Although 4.5 5 starsOne of my favorite things is to read the graphic novel version of my favorite books I absolutely loved the Millennium series So I was very excited to read this series in graphic novel format.The version I read is listed as Volume 1.1 It is not the complete first book Volumes 1.1 and 1.2 were later combined to make one The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel.I thought that this book was amazing The illustrations were great and I was able to easily follow the story Although I m not sure how easy it would be to follow without having read the books.I can t wait to continue this series


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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Book 1[Reading] ➶ The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Book 1 By Denise Mina – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The official graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO This is book of Both books also were combined into a single volumeHarriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden s The official graphic novel With the MOBI ñ adaptation of Stieg Larsson s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO This is bookofBoth books also were combined into a single volumeHarriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist The Girl PDF or recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.


About the Author: Denise Mina

Denise Mina was born With the MOBI ñ in Glasgow in Because of her father s job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around EuropeShe left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cookEventually she settled in auxiliary The Girl PDF or nursing for geriatric and terminal care patientsAt twenty one she passed exams, got into study Law at Glasgow University and went on to research a PhD thesis at Strathclyde University on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, teaching criminology and criminal law in the mean timeMisusing her grant she stayed at home and wrote a novel, Garnethill when she Girl With the ePUB ☆ was supposed to be studying instead.


10 thoughts on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Book 1

  1. Gally Gally says:

    2 starsFor the record, I own the entire Millennium book trilogy and the Swedish movie trilogy It s one of my favorite series and Lisbeth is hands down an all time favorite character My review treats this graphic novel as an adaptation of an original work, not an original or stand alone work because that s not what it is.That being said, while I do enjoy quite a few graphic novels, I don t usually read comic versions of books because I find them lacking in content and not close enough to the or 2 starsFor the record, I own the entire Millennium book trilogy and the Swedish movie trilogy It s one of my favorite series and Lisbeth is hands down an all time favorite character My review treats this graphic novel as an adaptation of an original work, not an original or stand alone work because that s not what it is.That being said, while I do enjoy quite a few graphic novels, I don t usually read comic versions of books because I find them lacking in content and not close enough to the original eventhan some movie adaptations so they becomelike condensed, spin offs to me.I picked this up because of the badass cover art and the first few pages seemed accurate to the book Unfortunately, it left me pretty disappointed for the above reasons and I will be returning this.This definitely does not deserve the 4 and 5 star ratings people who haven t read the books or even seen the movies have been giving it I don t want to make this a long review since there are others out there who ve already expressed the same opinions, so in a nutshell, this got 2 stars because The character of Lisbeth was portrayed asfrail and emotional than she is in the book She does not go dancing and she does not cry.Too many panels looked the same, like they were copied, pasted, and zoomed in even though I can tell they weren t I actually went back to previous pages to make sure I wasn t looking at the same illustration on a different background.The art actually becomes lazy after a while It just gets flat and less detailed as if they decided to stop shading, especially the parts with Mikael If you re drawn in by the cover, don t expect the inside to be the same.The character s mouths aren t open when they re talking This may seem like a minor detail, but I feel like the most basic thing an illustrator should know is to make the characters look animated, not like statues People are just sitting there while speech bubbles are floating around them If it weren t for the speech bubbles pointing to the tight lipped character who s supposed to be talking, you wouldn t know whom the words belong to.Finally, too many details are just not accurate, such as the tattoo Lisbeth cuts into Bjurman.If you want a visual adaptation of the Millennium trilogy, try the Swedish films they re accurate to the book minus a few minor details, and I personally think Noomi Rapace portrays Lisbeth flawlessly, right down to her small height, muscular build, punk hair, and icy, take no prisoners attitude

  2. Avery Avery says:

    I am a very big fan of Stieg Larsson s original series, as well as the films I was very excited to read the graphic novel adaptation, even though it seemed a bit pointless To me, releasing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in such a form threatened to deter people from reading the actual novel and simply picking up the comic version Indeed, skimming through the reviews thus far, many have either only seen the films, or are completely new and this is their introduction to the series What a sham I am a very big fan of Stieg Larsson s original series, as well as the films I was very excited to read the graphic novel adaptation, even though it seemed a bit pointless To me, releasing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in such a form threatened to deter people from reading the actual novel and simply picking up the comic version Indeed, skimming through the reviews thus far, many have either only seen the films, or are completely new and this is their introduction to the series What a shame.Throughout reading the graphic novel, I wondered multiple times to myself, How was this allowed to publish And the primary reason I wondered this was due to the very poor quality of writing Denise Mina s characterization of Lisbeth Salander is entirely, well, out of character Mina s Salander has a farcomfortable social life She makes witty quips, smiles, even goes dancing at a club Anyone who has read the books or even if you ve only seen the films, Swedish or American will understand how far off this portrayal is Another egregious flaw is the actual adaptation Of course, all adaptations, especially when converting mediums, will require some amount of condensing This is particularly true with Larsson s books, as they are lengthy and very densely plotted I thought the way the American film handle this condensing of plot was superb Things that work in novels won t consistently translate onto the screen well So I understand and fully embrace the necessity of condensing plot and story in adaptations But in Mina s so called adaptation, I would say that what she has done is, not condense, but paraphrase This adaptation reads like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo SparkNotes.Despite my extreme disappointment, I will still most likely purchase and read the next Book, and the next, and so on But I would recommend people who are interested to devote the time to Larsson s brilliant trilogy, watch the films Swedish and American , and steer clear of the graphic novel

  3. Ashley Ashley says:

    Ugh Bad characterizations for most of the characters, all of the characters with the exception of maybe Lisbeth look they ve stepped out of a 90 s era coloring book, and the dialogue excepting the parts taken verbatim from the book is AWFUL But worst of all, Denise Mina has tamed this story to mediocrity I m all in favor of changing the story to fit the medium where it s necessary, but Mina seems to have made changes just to make things easier for herself For example Holger Palmgren does Ugh Bad characterizations for most of the characters, all of the characters with the exception of maybe Lisbeth look they ve stepped out of a 90 s era coloring book, and the dialogue excepting the parts taken verbatim from the book is AWFUL But worst of all, Denise Mina has tamed this story to mediocrity I m all in favor of changing the story to fit the medium where it s necessary, but Mina seems to have made changes just to make things easier for herself For example Holger Palmgren doesn t have a stroke He and Lisbeth visit merrily in the beginning of the story and discuss her new guardian, Nils Bjurman This means that Lisbeth goes to see Nils Bjurman with someone still in her corner The whole point of Lisbeth in the first half of book one is that there is literally NO ONE in her corner She goes to Nils Bjurman because she has to Moreover, if Palmgren had still been alive as Lisbeth thought he was dead after his stroke in the books , she would very possibly have gone to him for help as she thought of him like a father The entire rest of the book makes no sense with Palmgren still an active player She tames Lisbeth down Instead of her laptop being broken by a mugger whom Lisbeth then chases and attacks back, she gets knocked down by an old lady in the street and the laptop falls in a puddle She also has Lisbeth nominally socially functional with people she interacts with, giving Plague social advice, actually exchanging words with BjurmanWhen she s on the phone with Bjurman asking for money to replace the laptop, she starts crying, and a black mascara tear streams down her face This is incredibly out of character Lisbeth is stoic and badass and does what needs to be done She doesn t stand out in the snow crying and feeling sorry for herself She then goes grovelling for money from Plague, Mimmi, and Armansky Again, not something Lisbeth would do Mina skips straight over the BJ in the office and jumps right to Bjurman raping Lisbeth in his apartment This takes all the agency away from Lisbeth s decision to tape her encounter with him, and if it does turn out that she caught it on tape, that doesn t even make any sense Even in the middle of the brutal rape scene, Mina manages to make Bjurman less despicable by having him treat the rape like he thought Lisbeth wanted him, instead of the real motivation, which was he just liked taking advantage of her, assuming she was mentally challenged She also makes him seem like a crappy D movie villain, making him say things like Are you read to party, gorgeous Because I like to part ay I mean, what the fuck The whole reason the Bjurman Salander dynamic is so terrifying and frustrating in the novel is that Lisbeth is utterly at his mercy in terms of power, and Mina completely undercuts that dynamic, turning it into one of sexploitation instead Lisbeth would never say things like, Say hello to my little friend Seriously She does not do quippy Did you even read the source material, lady Mikael s sections are just boring.That s not to say Mina didn t get some things right, but all in all, this is a pretty poor adaptation of a much loved story If I had been a first time reader, I m not even sure I would have understood what was going on Or if I did, cared at all The bones of the story are all there, she just takes all the goodness out of it My advice don t bother

  4. Paul Nelson Paul Nelson says:

    Ok I ve read the millennium trilogy, seen the Swedish versions of all three films including the extended cuts and the Hollywood version, so I was interested to see how the graphic novel adaptation was handled Lisbeth Salander is probably one of the most intriguing heroines ever put down on paper, socially inept, a moody genius, hard as nails and prone to the odd spot of violence when threatened.The graphic novel relies heavily on the fact that the reader is intimately familiar with the storylin Ok I ve read the millennium trilogy, seen the Swedish versions of all three films including the extended cuts and the Hollywood version, so I was interested to see how the graphic novel adaptation was handled Lisbeth Salander is probably one of the most intriguing heroines ever put down on paper, socially inept, a moody genius, hard as nails and prone to the odd spot of violence when threatened.The graphic novel relies heavily on the fact that the reader is intimately familiar with the storyline and would understand what is going on when confronted with page after page with little or no dialogue A littleexplanation of what is happening was required, if you ve not already bought into the franchise and its your first experience of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo then this I m afraid is not going to pull you in and leave you desperate for .On to the artwork, which is where my main problem lies, Looking at the cover I thought I was in for a treat with the fantastic drawing of Lisbeth smoking a cigarette but the cover had the time spent on it, unfortunately the rest of the novel felt rushed and a little sloppy There is one small panel where we see Lisbeths dragon tattoo in all its splendour and it looks fantastic but overall there is no consistency and she looks to different from page to page Its almost like the artist has tried to combine the looks of Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara, some of it looks really good and some really bad The same can be said of the artists rendering of Mikael Blomkvist almost as if the novel is aimed at the Hollywood versions audience with a blonde Adonis type figure.The sexual violence is a big talking point of the novel and films, the rape of Lisbeth Salander by her evil guardian Nils Bjurman is handled slightly differently in the graphic novel Bjurman is a woman hating sadist who in the book makes a conscious decision to abuse someone in his care, yet here he is portrayed as a guy with mental problems who thinks Lisbeth is attracted to him Can t really understand why this change in character profile from the source material was done, Bjurman is an evil man who has committed an atrocious act that deserved suitable punishment and now the whole concept is changed, it doesn t diminish the act but changes the perception Lisbeth has her revenge in the same fashion but this change was not done well and was another negative aspect of the adaptation There is obviously some great source material for this graphic novel and I thought it would be extremely difficult to f k this up but I was left disappointed, evenso because I bought volume 2 and both of them are expensive but I will read to see if they destroy it any

  5. Kai Kai says:

    Good adaption of a great novel It is extremely hard, I d say impossible, to put Stieg Larsson s masterwork between only 146 pages I liked the comic but it could not transmit all the feelings, the rawness, the cruelty and genius of the original work.

  6. Beth Beth says:

    This book is perhaps the most pointless cash grab I ve ever read in my whole life I will concede that some of the illustrations especially the cover were gorgeous and obviously had been done meticulously and lovingly However This book is only HALF of a book I ve already read It s incredibly overpriced and, for that, I would recommend it to absolutely nobody Dude, nearly ten pounds for half of a book I ve already read This section of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduces us to a This book is perhaps the most pointless cash grab I ve ever read in my whole life I will concede that some of the illustrations especially the cover were gorgeous and obviously had been done meticulously and lovingly However This book is only HALF of a book I ve already read It s incredibly overpriced and, for that, I would recommend it to absolutely nobody Dude, nearly ten pounds for half of a book I ve already read This section of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo introduces us to a couple of the Vangers, the mystery surrounding Harriet s disappearance, and the subplot of Bjurman s abuse of Lisbeth It cuts off abruptly after that This was so obviously done to pumpmoney mercilessly out of Lisbeth Salander fans, such as myself What kind of publishing company who have respect for their readers would hack the already extremely well known plot of Dragon Tattoo in half and release them as two incredibly expensive separate graphic novels otherwise That s bad enough, but so much of the graphic novel is simply the book, rehashed It seemed to me that when Mina didn t have the books to copy, she would return to either of the two films mostly the Swedish version to crib whole lines of translated dialogue This also returns back to the question of overpricing and who in hell thought it was a good idea to cut the book in half I understand that manga frequently takesthan one volume to tell a story, which is fine, because God knows The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has a lot of stuff in it However, because Mina follows the structure of the films so religiously, it was deja vu all over again The feeling of having half a book is compounded by the paper thin and incredibly superficial storytelling over the half a book we already have Some of the drawings are gorgeous I thought the artwork of the prologue was beautifully done, as was Lisbeth s rape by Bjurman However, so much attention seemed to be lavished on Lisbeth who, I will admit, did look different between panels but is also pretty much made for graphic novel format that Mikael looked pathetic by comparison I also liked the rendering of Henrik, but it seems if the artists aren t working with large, obvious shapes such as the craggy, aged face of Henrik Vanger or Lisbeth s iconic appearance they prevaricate into almost comic looking scribbles It s hard to tell the Vangers apart I thought Cecilia Vanger and Erika looked far too alike and Mikael looked like a grownup Tintin Harriet Vanger s face was so inexpressive that I was left with nothing but a feeling of deep disappointment

  7. Jillyn Jillyn says:

    I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads.The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Vol 1 is a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson s bestselling book by the same title It follows a murder mystery from decades past with the socially inept computer genuis Lisbeth at center stage This volume covers half of that novel, with a second volume to be released in the future I have to say, this book is beautiful, from cover to cover The character that sticks out as consistently awesome looking is t I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads.The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Vol 1 is a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson s bestselling book by the same title It follows a murder mystery from decades past with the socially inept computer genuis Lisbeth at center stage This volume covers half of that novel, with a second volume to be released in the future I have to say, this book is beautiful, from cover to cover The character that sticks out as consistently awesome looking is the cover girl, Lisbeth She looks amazing in every frame This fact makes up for a lot of other little flaws in this volume, because Lisbeth is my fictional girl crush That being said, the rewriting of her character was, well, bad She was given cheesy quips and remarks that real Lisbeth would have kicked her ass for even thinking about saying She was softened up, and I don t like that at all TGWTDT is one of the few books with a strong heroine out there that gets the hype it deserves, but it doesn t reflect in this rendition The plot is a bit scattered and choppy It s not necessarily a bad thing, because I felt way about the novel at times too But because of a lack of actual chapters, it was a bit hard to keep up Doable, but a bit flustering if not paying super close attention.This book should NOT be read in place of the novel It acts as an illustrated guide, and the summarized plot is basically effective However, it is like reading the Sparknotes without reading the book You will be missing out PLEASE read the novel first, and read this after.I recommend it for fans of graphic novels and fans of Lisbeth People who are going to compare tiny details to the book should pass this up, it won t be for you Thank you to Goodreads for my copy I will definitely be picking up the other volumes in the future.This review can also be found on my new blog, Bitches n Prose

  8. Ana Mardoll Ana Mardoll says:

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel B009DNVXX8I m a big fan of the Millennium Trilogy, having read the novels several times, listened to the audiobook narrated by Simon Vance, and own the original movies with Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace I have not, for the record, seen the American remakes I selected this graphic novel at NetGalley with a great deal of excitement, fully expecting to enjoy it, but well, I won t say I m disappointed exactly, but I m not enthralled.This in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel B009DNVXX8I m a big fan of the Millennium Trilogy, having read the novels several times, listened to the audiobook narrated by Simon Vance, and own the original movies with Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace I have not, for the record, seen the American remakes I selected this graphic novel at NetGalley with a great deal of excitement, fully expecting to enjoy it, but well, I won t say I m disappointed exactly, but I m not enthralled.This installment of the series takes us from the opening with Vanger receiving the yearly flower to maybe about a third of the way through the novel where Lisbeth revenges herself on Bjurman I want to recognize upfront that adapting this much material into a 150 page graphic novel could not have been easy, and I think the adaptation author did about as good a job as could be hoped for.The story and characters have been altered pretty radically, though, in order to convey emotion and urgency on screen through facial expressions and dialogue rather than narration Erika Berger talks candidly about sex with Mikael Blomkvist and Christer Malm s sexuality at board meetings, Dragan Armanskij openly flirts with Lisbeth at work, Henrik Vanger cries on receiving the yearly flower, Lisbeth dances and laughs and flirts with Mimi in public, and so forth Everyone feels like they re wearing their heart on their sleeve and that change doesn t really work well with the tenor of the story, I think.The dialogue, too, has been changed pretty radically to support the format of the adaptation Cecilia Vanger contributesproactively to the investigation, and the old friend who sets Blomkvist off after Wennerstr m in the beginning has an entirely different story to tell I think all these changes are fair enough, given the needs of an adaptation, but I m less enthused about some strange Americanisms creeping into the dialogue When Lisbeth confronts Bjurman, for example, she quotes Al Pacino from Scarface by saying say hello to my little friend Things like that ended up jarring me out of the narrative, though others may feel differently.A word on the art in this novel it s not really my cup of tea There s a lot of heavy use of shading and shadowing in panels to prevent having to draw facial details beyond a rough outline Lisbeth is rendered very well, and her facial expressions are extremely vivid, but Blomkvist s face and even the shape of his head seems to shift and change a little too much from panel to panel It s also worth noting that the scenes of Lisbeth s rape are extremely graphic, with blood covering much of the panels this isn t a criticism so much as a caution to know what you re getting into if you purchase this volume.On balance, I m glad this graphic novel exists but it doesn t really feel like the story I know I think this will be a great introduction to the series for people who are curious about the story but weren t able to get into the densely detailed books, and I consider that to be a good thing But if you are a hardcore fan of the books, whether or not you like the adaptation will boil down to how you feel about the changes made in service to the new format I d give this book 3.5 stars, but I won t be picking up the next installment for myself personally.NOTE This review is based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through NetGalley Ana Mardoll

  9. Luke Luke says:

    I wanted to revisit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo before I started The Girl Who Played With Fire So I decided to experience via another medium the graphic novel I have read the book, I have seen the movie the Swedish one , and now I have read the the first graphic novel of two It was enjoyable the way everything unfolded and the way it left you reeling with questions It was, at times, mostly on Lisbeth s end if you are familiar with the story, you know what I mean disturbing I woul I wanted to revisit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo before I started The Girl Who Played With Fire So I decided to experience via another medium the graphic novel I have read the book, I have seen the movie the Swedish one , and now I have read the the first graphic novel of two It was enjoyable the way everything unfolded and the way it left you reeling with questions It was, at times, mostly on Lisbeth s end if you are familiar with the story, you know what I mean disturbing I would recommend this graphic novel adaptation it is certainly a great way to revisit the story without going through the book again I don t usually enjoy graphic novels as much as books, but I manage to find enjoyment in this particular one I really need the second half of it now

  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    4.5 5 starsOne of my favorite things is to read the graphic novel version of my favorite books I absolutely loved the Millennium series So I was very excited to read this series in graphic novel format.The version I read is listed as Volume 1.1 It is not the complete first book Volumes 1.1 and 1.2 were later combined to make one The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel.I thought that this book was amazing The illustrations were great and I was able to easily follow the story Although 4.5 5 starsOne of my favorite things is to read the graphic novel version of my favorite books I absolutely loved the Millennium series So I was very excited to read this series in graphic novel format.The version I read is listed as Volume 1.1 It is not the complete first book Volumes 1.1 and 1.2 were later combined to make one The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel.I thought that this book was amazing The illustrations were great and I was able to easily follow the story Although I m not sure how easy it would be to follow without having read the books.I can t wait to continue this series

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