The Guardian ran an article on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, asking the familiar question of whether it’s a feminist narrative or not. This time it’s based around the film coming out, but contains the usual business. Nobody says it, but you’d sometimes imagine that you must be either ‘feminist’ and ‘misogynist’.
It’s a bemusing piece, to be honest. The writer admits she’s not really a thriller reader, and that she’s not going to watch the film, so it’s difficult to fathom what depth of analysis she’s capable of bringing to either. I’d have thought any consideration of the feminist claims around Larsson’s book would work best with some insight into the genre as a whole. And her criticism of the film seems to be based on a small, self-selecting sample of bad reviews, when, in general, I’ve heard mostly fantastic things about it. The world continues to turn.
I like this comment, though, by SocalAlex:
“We tend to think better of ourselves because we no longer attend public hangings. Yet we flock to second-rate movies which glory in dramatically staged killings without any attached human consequences, comforting ourselves with the platitude that “it’s not real”. But is that enough? Everytime we cheer when a cliched “hero” kills a cliches “villain” (Or for that matter, a brave Hollywood soldier kills a cartoonish Nazi or “terrorist”) are we not complicit in something which has very dark roots?”