Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, A Swedish Version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?


While she may not have the "Scooby" gang backing her up like in Sarah Michelle Gellar did in Buffy, Lisbeth Salander (the main character in the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson) does have a reporter full of integrity to have sex with every now and again.  In Steig Larssons' The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo there are most definitely some similarities to a little show back in the late 90's called Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Now I know what you're thinking, this chick is ridiculous!  But stay with me now as some of the amazing similarities of the characters get dissected after the jump!

Both Buffy and Lisbeth have super powers:

Now granted, Lisbeth doesn't have "slayer" strength in order to stake vamps but she is one hell of hacker and maneuvers through your personal stuff online like a group of soccer moms' stealthily maneuver through a mall on Black Friday.

Both characters have strained relationships with men:

Buffy just can't seem to maintain a steady, healthy, relationship throughout the seven seasons of the hit show!  She dates everything from vampires to secret agents!  Lisbeth can't really bring herself to get close to men after seeing her mother abused.

Despite their flaws and setbacks, both women remain powerful and save the day:

In the end, Buffy saves the world from evil and while not quite on the same scale Lisbeth equally does her part by saving Mikael when he gets too deeply involved in the mystery he's solving. 

So why is it so easy to draw such compelling parallels to these iconic female characters?  I think that the answer lies with the men behind the creation of these dynamic women.  Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and Stieg Larsson, creator of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo have masterfully created women that we all aspire to be; strong, intelligent, sexy and don't take shit from anyone.  Both men are better feminist than any woman could EVER be.  They have shown us that women can posses many qualities and don't have to sacrifice one attribute for another in order to be a perfect woman, everything that they are made up of is what makes them the perfect woman.


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