First Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Magazine Cover

First Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Magazine Cover

Here’s David Fincher’s take on Lisbeth:

There were discussions early on where people were like, She’s a superhero!’ And you go, ‘No, she’s not. Superheroes live in a world of good and evil, and she’s far more complex than a superhero. She’s been compromised. She’s been subjugated. She’s been marginalised. She’s been swept into the gutter and she’s had a part in it. She dresses like trash because she’s someone who has been betraued and hurt so badly, by forces beyond her control, that she’s just decided to be refuse. She can sit anywhere she wants on the bus, because nobody wants to deal with her.

Can’t put Lisbeth in a box based on the notion of what we expect of male and female characters. That’s the beauty of her character and why she is already iconic.

Empire’s Dragon Tattoo Cover (Empire Magazine)

h/t Awards Daily

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It irks me that the cover reads: Fincher, his Lisbeth, and…

His Lisbeth?

Something tells me they wouldn’t refer to “his Mikael Blomkvist.”


I object to this part of the quote, “she’s just decided to be refuse.” I don’t think that Lisbeth sees herself as refuse. She recognizes that she doesn’t fit into society and that society sees her as refuse, but it was pretty clear in the books that she has a deep mistrust of society and authority (with good reason.) She seemed to see societal conventions as somewhere between annoying and contemptible–something she had to deal with but didn’t support. I thought the author made it really clear that Lisbeth’s clothes and hairstyle were essentially her armor against a society that had badly abused her.

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