Originally Posted by barth2k
I read the Millenium series. I think Larsson is not a very good novelist, unfortunately. He was journalist by training and it shows. He needed a good editor. Sadly he died so they probably felt they could not edit his work too much. Lisbeth Salander is a fantastic character, however, and the series had many compelling moments. The first book is probably the tightest plotted and best. Probably why Fincher is remaking it.
Yep - the infamous Ikea shopping list...
On the other hand - they're still real page-turners as published - and have sold through the roof. Travelling on the tube in London it was spooky how many people were reading them. Worse than Harry Potter...
I'm enjoying the Harry Hole series and have read and liked a couple of Indridason and Fossum. Have their stuff been filmed?
I love the Indridason books. The BBC showed the Icelandic production of "Jar City" recently as part of a BBC Four season of Icelandic themed programmes - so that one has been filmed (and I think it is out on DVD) Very bleak.
Haven't read any Fossum yet. Have tried the Jo Nesbo stuff a couple of times but didn't get into it (too many abbreviations in the first chapter) I know they're great though - so will try again when the mood takes me.
Anne Holt's Vik/Stubo series is being made by the same production company that made Wallander, Irene Huss and the Millennium films, and I really enjoyed those books.
There have been four Camilla Lackberg adaptations made for Swedish TV (but the DVDs don't have English subs).
Viveca Sten is also pretty good. I'm attempting to read her first novel in Swedish, as there haven't been English translations yet. Her first novel has been made into a 3 part Swedish TV series "Morden i Sandhamn" aka The Sandhamn Murders. That DVD release does have English subtitles, and I really enjoyed it. I'm hoping they continue with the other books. It got brilliant viewing figures in Sweden - so that's a good sign.
Btw, why is there so much crime fiction (good crime fiction, too) coming out of Scandinavia? What's going on over there? You'd think Scandinavia must be filled with sadistic murderers and psychopaths and have appalling murder rates.
It may be trite - but there is a suggestion that the long winters cause introspection, and effectively they are two different places in Summer and Winter. The Nordic countries have gone a long way to "the caring state" principle - but there are cracks in society just the same - so the contrasts are interesting to explore.
Interesting that in Norway there is a tradition of reading a crime novel around Easter for some reason...