I read the first book about a year ago with my book club and loved it, but since I didn't already have either of the other two books it took me about nine months to pick the series up again. I loved the second one even more than the first one — though I know several people who got bored halfway through The Girl Who Played With Fire, to which I say, HOW ON EARTH COULD YOU POSSIBLY GET BORED?? — but when I finally got to the end, I practically threw the book across the room while yelling in Matt's general direction, "SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY PAGES, AND THAT IS WHERE IT ENDS???" So I had to beg for The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest for Christmas. Thank Grandma, ya'll.
I don't think I can decide which book is the best. They are all demented and gritty and intriguing, and I loved every second of reading them. They were the kind of books you find yourself caught up in, where your heart is pounding and you're holding your breath and the characters just grip you by the shirt-front. I'm done with all the books, and yet I don't want to say goodbye to the characters yet.
I have the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie — also borrowed from my Grandma, who happens to be the coolest in the world — so I think the next order of business is to watch that. I want to see it before I see the American version because I've heard the Daniel Craig/Rooney Mara version is even more graphic than the Swedish version, and ... I'll admit, I don't deal very well with movie violence. Even if I already know the whole story. So we'll see how that goes. (Plus, I'm curious since I've heard the Swedish movie leaves out half of the major plot lines.)
Have you read this series? What did you think? Have you seen the new movie yet?