I Can’t Read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Alana is going to hate me for this but I can not get into The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo[1] and I have tried. Really, really tried.

I have the copy she lent me and an audio and ebook version someone else lent me and I have tried all three versions and I DON’T LIKE IT.

And that makes me a freak because apparently everyone likes these books. It’s like I’m sitting in a Michelin starred restaurant and asking if they happen to have Spam and while they’re at it, might they have some Tang on tap?

Look. I’m a lazy reader in that I don’t want to have to “work” for my stories.

I want to be able to sit down with a book and dive right in. I’m willing to give the author a chapter or two if the characters interest me but after those first two chapters, that author had better have their shit together.

I’m almost tempted to keep slogging through it so I can pick at it and examine it and try and figure out why I don’t like the book so I can NOT do that with what I write. But now that I think about it, maybe I should write like that since these books have sold like snake oil in a leper colony. Pretty sure I’m not that masochistic.

Alana, I’m sorry. I just can’t do it. I think this is one of those few books where we’re just going to have to agree to disagree.

If you’ve read it, was it this hard for you to get into? Did it get better? Did you read the others?


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  1. Yep. It was SLOW going. But then picked up. I finished it. Read the others. Watched two of the movies & will see the third.

  2. montaignejns says

    It’s so odd to read that. I had the exact opposite experience. I picked up that book the night before I was taking the family camping (so I needed to get to sleep) and I couldn’t put it down for the first 140 pages, and I am not a fast reader. Although perhaps starting a novel with a Swedish libel trial has less appeal to non lawyers:)

  3. I haven’t been able to get beyond chapter 5. I just don’t care enough about the characters by then to continue & life is too short to read books that don’t hold my interest

    Also, I can’t help hearing The Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show in my head as I read and that is totally distracting.

  4. I’ve been there. I HATED the DaVinci Code. HATED IT. Apparently everyone else in the world loved it.
    We can totally agree to disagree on this series 🙂

  5. I’ve not read this book or any others in the series and I don’t know if I ever will. I know what you mean, however, about wanting to dive into a story and be almost immediately captivated. And I totally agree with Stacy’s comment above…if I don’t give a hoot about any of the characters, it’s a lost cause. I won’t finish the book.

    For the record, Alana, I did enjoy The DaVinci Code. I also liked the other Dan Brown books I’ve read, but I liked DaVinci best. I could easily see, though, why some people wouldn’t like it. He fancies himself a suspense writer, but he’s really rather predictable. I just enjoy the way he incorporates history, art, architecture and other fancy-schmancy stuff into his stories. I would totally love to take one of Robert Langdon’s college classes…but not if it was Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon. That was the lousiest casting I’ve ever seen!

  6. OMG I thought I was the only one who couldn’t get into this book. I pick it up, read a few pages, put it down, can’t get into it. I also don’t like to “work” at reading. Thanks for this post. It makes me feel like less of a freak.

  7. WordPress sent me your way as it creepily read as I was typing. I’m 300 pages into this book and I hate it! I’ve found some kindred spirits in these comments, didn’t read the Da Vinci code either. I’m still debating whether to power through or not – but knowing there are other people out there that hate this book too – I’m leaning more toward putting it down and picking up something else, hopefully something good!

  8. I didn’t care for it either. Meh.


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