Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy is perhaps one of the most interesting female protagonist's in modern fiction. As a ward of the state, she's treated as a child with no legal rights by the system that has failed her since childhood, yet she's also a brilliant hacker with a photographic memory. As a survivor of mental, physical, and sexual abuse, she revenges herself by her own rules and on her own terms: meticulously, violently, and often illegally. Published after Larsson's death, the books are bestsellers around the world, and the film adaptations have finally made their way to the US in the past year.
Larsson's dedication to methodical detail was probably a boon for his work as a journalist, but it more than occasionally makes for dry and clunky reading. However, fans forge on to find out what would happen next to our beloved Lisbeth. When Noomi Rapace took on the formidable challenge of playing such a complicated character in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' it was probably with some trepidation; after all, how could one person satisfy the millions of readers who have already conjured up their own Lisbeths?