The hype/enthusiasm is due to the emotional response the characters draw from the audience. Larsson's trilogy isn't great literature, and his prose style leaves much to be desired. TGWTDT film is very well done,particularly in cinematography,editing, and excellent acting. I saw the film without knowing anything about the Larsson phenomena.I enjoyed it, so I read the novels, and saw the other two films as well.
I think James Patterson is better at writing this sort of thing. Oh, and the quotes at the start of each section would lead you to believe that the denouement will be about the social relevance of a world that turns a blind eye to sexual abuse. It's not: the guilty party is a cliched 54-card-short Looney Tune.
THe first book starts out slow, but does pick up. Stick it out. By the time you get to the 3rd book, it will be on fire! The second and third books are better if you have read the first and are well worth the time. I finished the last book a month ago and I am still going through withdrawal. Unfortunately the writer is dead.
Well I finished it. While it kept my interest (most of the time), I still can't for the life of me understand the mass appeal. At best, it is an average crime thriller. Someone convince me why it has such a huge following (while you're at it, explain to me the same for the Twilight and Harry Potter series) and I will just capitulate to the hype! LOL...okay, that was a joke.
It does pickup a quarter of the way through..I almost gave up on it! Hang in there it's worth reading. As far as the hype I don't agree they're great books but they are worth reading. I enjoyed the 2nd book more than his first. Enjoy!!