The story of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo almost never saw the light of day. The recently released motion picture staring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig has a backstory almost as interesting as the film itself.
Originally known as the Millennium Trilogy, the three book series which begins with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has recently become popular in the United States. Many don’t realize that trilogy was originally written in Swedish and published in 2004.
Stieg Larsson began writing the trilogy in 1997 and had originally planned a ten book series. Larsson freely admitted that much of his inspiration, for the series, was derived from the guilt he felt for witnessing the sexual assault of a young woman and doing nothing about it. In 2003 he signed a contract with Swedish publisher Norstedts Förlag, to produce three books.
The first of three book written by Larsson, was released shortly after his death in November of 2004. The Swedish title literally translated to mean “Men who Hate Women” was changed to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for release in english in 2008.
A year later, in 2009, the Swedish film company Yellow Bird produced three films to correspond with the three books. These films featured Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist as Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Later that same year Larsson would win the Anthony Award for best first novel. A year later in 2010, he was awarded the title of USA Today’s Author of the year.
Six years after his death, in 2010, Stieg Larrson was the second author to sell over 1 million e-books. That same year The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo had sold over 40 million copies and spent 18 month on the NY Times best seller list.