Today’s prompt: Most overrated book
I’ll occasionally read a very popular book just to see what all the hype is about. That was the only reason I read Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and quite honestly, I don’t understand why so many people have raved about this book.
It took me about 100 pages to get into the plot of the book and to like it enough to continue it. I know I probably should have given it up, but I was determined to reach a part where I would say, “Ah, so that’s why this book is so great!” But that never happened.
The main plot of the book is journalist Mikael Blomkvist’s search to find new leads on a murder that happened forty years prior to the events of the novel. The murder plot interested me the most, but the second plot bored me to death: Blomkvist’s quest to save his political magazine, Millenium. All the business talk… all the finance… *snooze*
The “girl with the dragon tattoo” is Lisbeth Salander, a petite, asocial punk/computer hacker who is far more intelligent than she seems. She was the only reason I managed to finish the book, and is easily one of the most fascinating female characters I’ve read about in some time. I still don’t think she got enough “air time” in the book’s 500+ pages.
What failed to grab me about the book was its lack of emotional depth. It was too focused on cold, hard facts and on cold, hard crimes. But if you genuinely enjoy reasonably fast-paced thrillers, this book may be to your liking.