Dragon Tattoo

A few years ago I picked up Steig Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and fell in love with it from the moment I started reading (the book begins on my birthday!) even though it scared the crap out of me and I couldn’t even read it in broad daylight at certain points. The actual Swedish title is “Men Who Hate Women” and if you’ve read it, you understand why.  It was unlike anything I’d ever read before, and I quickly devoured it before moving on to the second book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire. By the time I finished the second, the third one, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, had been published in Europe but wasn’t scheduled to be released here for another year. So I did what any book nerd would do: bought a copy from a British seller on eBay and read the behemoth (literally, that book is enormous) early. And then I read the whole series again when the third book was released here. My brother and I went to see the Swedish version of the film together when it had a limited release here. And since then, the book has become wildly popular.

I just re-read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo a few weeks ago in preparation of the American film release. Usually I’m not a fan of the American remake of anything, because we tend to ruin whatever we get our hands on (see: Skins UK vs US, Coupling UK vs US, Red Dwarf UK vs US), but the film was directed by David Fincher and was shot in Sweden (in English) and looks pretty promising. Observe:

Needless to say, I’m excited to see it and see how it compares to the original version. Rooney Mara, who plays Lisbeth, looks almost unrecognizable in her makeup and costuming, but my heart still belongs to Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth in the Swedish films. There’s just something so sexy about how grungy and goth Lisbeth’s character is that it’s impossible to ignore. Her penchant for piercings and chains and combat boots makes me want to ditch my heels and pencil skirts and take up a life of hacking and riding motorcycles. Sort of. Aside from all the horrific life experiences she endures.

You know how sometimes, several things in your life cross over and create one awesome overlap in interests? Like, your favorite band makes a guest appearance on your favorite tv show and it’s so, so good? Imagine how I felt when I found out that Trish Summerville, the Costume Designer behind The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was doing a collaboration with H&M. My little head just couldn’t process it. You mean one of my all time favorite book trilogies was crossing over with one of my all time favorite clothing stores? And that I could literally be able to dress like one of my all time favorite characters? SAY IT AIN’T SO.

Oh, but it is so. And it is so, so good.

YOU GUYS. I can’t even! The collection opens this Wednesday, the 14th, a week before the movie comes out (which happens to be the day after my birthday!). I couldn’t contain my excitement, so I hustled over to one of the two H&M stores within a 10 minute walk from my house and ran up to one of the sales people and said, “HIWILLYOUGUYSHAVETHEDRAGONTATTOOCOLLECTIONTHISWEDNESDAY? WILL YOU? WILL YOU?” And once the poor girl processed what I was asking, she gave me a sad look and said no. Undeterred, I asked if the other store, a few blocks away would be carrying it. “No, none of the stores in Philly will have it.”


(That was the sound of my head exploding)

I mean, how unfair! What gives? Do I have to go (gag) New Jersey to shop? Do I have to arrange transportation to the closest suburban mall to get my paws on this collection? There are TWO H&Ms a mere 3 blocks from each other (I don’t know why) so you’d think the odds of ONE of them carrying it would be good. But no! It’s like someone just knew how much I was looking forward to buying these clothes and decided to mess with me. Yes, I’m taking this super personally.

But then I decided that I could easily just recreate the feel of the collection with some staple pieces from H&M and a few other stores. And once again, all was good.

1. Leather Jacket / 2. Sweatshirt / 3. Necklace / 4. Scarf / 5. The sexiest boots of all time  / 6. Fingerless gloves / 7. Black eyeliner / 8. Black nail polish  / 9. Jeans

This post was brought to you by my obsessive love of those boots and my nerdy love of Swedish crime thrillers. If you haven’t read the trilogy yet, I’d highly, highly recommend it. Those of you who’ve already read it, are you going to go see the movie? Does Lisbeth’s style inspire you to be more edgy? Super nosy!

17 thoughts on “Dragon Tattoo

  1. LOVE the books. I read them over & over. I need to get the official versions though because my kindle versions have some mistakes (with the ICQ messages – ICQ so cute). Can’t wait for the movie! I haven’t seen the foreign versions…maybe I should check ’em out.

    1. Oh, you definitely should. They’re available for streaming on Amazon if you have a Prime membership. They’re really, really good!

    1. Thank you! Read them though! Even being as big a scaredy cat as I am, I not only got through them, I LOVED them. And the first one is by far the scariest. I could only read it during the day, seriously.

  2. Amazing books and an amazing film! I loved it! And yes, it scared me and the horrid advocate gave me nightmares. Ugh. She’s a total nut job though. I don’t think she’d want to be friends with us in real life. She’d think we were all fluffy and girly.

    I find it hard to believe that the US film will be better than the original. It looks like it might be a bit too glitzy but the trailer is pretty slick. And there’s a definite totty upgrade. Daniel Craig? Oh go on then. If I have to.

    Love the clothes. Can you not get them online? And I don’t know if you have Zadig & Voltaire in the US but I think you would love their stuff. One of my fave clothes shops. And they’re French so you’ll love them anyways.

    And I know I keep saying this, but you absolutely must watch The Killing (the Danish version, not the US one). If you like TGWTDT you will LOVE it! And it’s a twenty hour thriller, enough to keep you going until the weather warms up in Spring!

    Great post.

    1. She IS a total nut job and she would likely despise everything about me, or hack my blog, one of the two. Maybe both! But that’s part of her charm, really. Haha. I don’t think the US version will be better but I’m definitely excited to go see it. Is it being released in the UK? I think Daniel Craig is a lot cuter than the guy who played Mikael in the Swedish ones, but still not like I pictured him while reading.

      H&M doesn’t offer online shopping in the states. In fact, Zara just made it available within the last few weeks, and I think it will take a while longer before H&M follows suit. I’m so fussy about it, though. I’ll definitely check out Zadig & Voltaire! What a name!! And yes, I’m smitten already just because they’re French.

      I’ll have to check out The Killing! Where could I find it? At 20 hours I bet it will take me at least double that to finish it if it’s really scary, haha.

      1. Here: http://amzn.to/uY4FW3
        But we downloaded on iTunes and watched on the Apple TV.

        I’ll tell you a secret….My Mum was onto this first and didn’t know anyone else who was watching it (inexplicably it was on a random BBC channel at 11pm on a Saturday night) and so she joined an online forum just so that she could chat to other geeks about it!

        1. Oh my gosh, your mum. How adorable! The bummer is those DVDs will only work with European players. Apparently we Yanks have gotten our hands on it and made a US version? Sigh. When we will learn!? I’m going to scout out the UK version, don’t worry.

    1. What, you mean jews can’t rock crosses in the name of fashion! I’m shocked!
      Read it read it read it! It’s such a good book, not as scary as the previous two, thankfully, so you should be okay to read it at night :)

  3. Enjoying some time on your site. How did I miss you in BYW? Your site is great, especially the writing (wicked sense of humor). Ok, enough gushing.
    I agree, loved this trilogy. Though, you’ve just inspired me to read it all again before the movie comes out. Yes, going. Have to.
    PS~Re: Your post on Clemence Poesy…Yes, she’s all kinds of wonderful.

    1. Well, you’re not going crazy or anything, because I wasn’t in BYW! I only heard about it after it started from Annie at Insideology, and of course now that she’s showing off all the tips and tricks she picked up I’m wishing I could’ve been involved as well. Maybe next time!

      You’re too sweet, by the way! I’m glad you’re reading around and liking things! I’m really all flattered and blushing, now :)

      1. Ha, that explains it! So glad I’m not going crazy. (There’s always BYW 2.0 in the Spring…)

        Erin, you’re Halloween post about hating to be scared and the photos of people getting scared made me laugh so hard! I absolutely love to see people getting scared. I can’t explain it…I just think it’s so funny. I know, I’m evil.

        I love ending the day on a laugh…Thank you!

        1. You’re not evil in the slightest! I mean, sure, there is the old saying about not laughing at the misfortune of others, but….Theresa, I come so close to actually peeing my pants whenever I look at those pictures. They STILL get me. I had a laughing fit so intense when writing that post I didn’t think it would actually get done. How funny are their faces??

          Thanks for letting me know about BYW in the Spring! I might join up this time!

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