I'm a Sucker for Hype

For a long while now, I have been hearing about the books of Stieg Larsson -- the "Millennium" Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  The Swedish thrillers have become international bestsellers. Movies are being made.  News stories and magazine covers are everywhere-- the buzz keeps growing. 

Not biting yet?  The author of the books has passed away, but allegedly there's a fourth book, unfinished but nearly complete and sure to be published eventually.  When the behind-the-scenes story is as intriguing as the fictional tales of the books, how can I resist?  They have me hooked.

So I'll probably pick up the trilogy and see what all the fuss is about.  But it just goes to prove that marketing works.  Throw enough hype in front of my face and I'll most likely bite.  It's a sad thing to admit, but an undeniable truth -- I just can't say "no" to pop culture phenomena. 

If you've read the books, tell me all about them.  Maybe if you spoil the plot for me, the temptation to buy the trilogy will gradually fade away.  Until then, I'll resist the urge as long as I can, but eventually I'll be eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next to Lisbeth and Mikael.

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