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Re-branding Lisbeth Salander et al.
15 October 2017
I do not expect David Lagercranz to write like Stig Larsson. I was interested to see what a writer could do in developing Larsson’s characters in a new direction. It is a product re-branding task. I found the result most interesting if at times a little disappointing. I found the extension of the characters into a new plot very good. Both the continuity and the ingenuity was very good. Largercranz was creative in developing more twists and turns for Lisbeth Salander and her colleagues to overcome and I think many will enjoy the result. My disappointment came from Largercranz’s simplification of characters into virtually comic book dimensions. Also the tendency for the complex plot lines to be reduced into short episodic sections narrated in parallel. Personally I found the short episodes fractured the plot narrative a little too much. I can imagine the author rightly arguing that the short sections increase the page turning readability of the novel and I would have to agree with him. So this brings me back to my first comment. Larsson wrote in a style and context that was closer to the real world. Largercranz writes well also but gives a result which is less preferred. But that is me. I would have to recommend Lagercranz for being conscientious and clever in his re-writing of Salander’s stories. But in essence there are simply too many genius’ for good or evil, at work in the new book. Yet I do recommend the book. It was fast paced and a good story despite my reservations. Change the names of the characters and the book sits well on its own. Full credit to the author.