The American version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” has opened. Unless you live under a stone, you knew that. But what is it with Stieg Larsson’s heroine that makes her so popular? In fact, Lisbeth Salander has every characteristic of an anti-hero: She’s bizarre and anti-social and not very emotional. Yet, thousands, if not millions, have fallen in love with her.
As the US film premiered, so did a book called “The Psychology of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, a book edited by a clinical psychologist and written by a number of PhDs in Psychology. Also, a new clothing line by H&M was launched, inspired by Salander and named, of course: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”. In a series of photos of skinny, sulking girls with heavy eye make-up, Salander’s black and sinister clothes get a new life. And they actually look pretty wearable.

But back to the book. What’s it really about? It seems it’s about trying to understand a fictive character, and what makes her tick. Mikael Blomkvist couldn’t figure her out, but perhaps 19 psychologists can? They’ve pinpointed the trouble areas as the following: “What does Salander’s dragon tattoo really say about her? Why is she so drawn to Blomkvist? What would they both need to do to make a relationship work? How do we explain men like Martin Vanger, Nils Bjurman, and Alexander Zalachenko? Is Lisbeth just as sexist and as psychopathic as they are? What is it about Lisbeth that allows her to survive, even thrive, under extraordinary conditions? How is Lisbeth like a Goth-punk Rorschach test? And what do we learn about ourselves from what we see in her?” After all, perhaps it’s easier to just get some of the Salander gear from H&M.


First reviews of the recently released Hollywood produced movie are favorable Critics love Mara's Salander