Groupon has posted a special box set deal for fans of Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium Trilogy. For $29 plus $5 for shipping, readers can get all three books in hardcover along with the 85-page book, On Stieg Larsson.
More than 1,000 people have already purchased the box set deal. With four books, that’s only $8.50 per book. Groupon readers have five days to take advantage of this deal.
David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens with a dark and oil-splattered title sequence. According to a WIRED magazine feature, the director hired Blur Studios to create the project.
In the video embedded above, you can see how they rendered the opening visuals. The title sequence references all three books in Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium trilogy; some of the pieces used in it include a pressed flower, wasps, hacking tools, Lisbeth Salander’s father and the dragon tattoo.
Here’s more from the article: “To get what Fincher wanted, Blur worked with the director to pick out general and specific moments in the trilogy that could be demonstrated visually…Blur ended up with 26 moments approved by Fincher, then composed them into 252 shots of 24 frames or fewer. Each piece was created electronically using 3ds Max, RealFlow (for the oily goo), Softimage and other software, as well as 3-D scans of principal actors Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig (to get their likenesses right).” (via Shelf Awareness)
Would you consider Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo) a superhero?
At New York Comic Con this year, a panel of veteran comic book writers and editors debated this topic; the panelists included Tom DeFalco (Marvel), Danny Fingeroth (Marvel), Paul Levitz (DC) , and Denny O’Neil (DC, Marvel). Psychologist Robin Rosenberg, editor of The Psychology of Superheroes and The Psychology of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, acted as the moderator.
The panelists all agreed that the definition of a superhero is difficult to pin down. However, they discussed two particular qualities that many superheroes possess: a heroic role heroic and abilities that go beyond what humans are realistically capable of.
A leaked version of the trailer for David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo materialized on YouTube this week.
It has since been taken down (Mike Caneanalyzed it shot by shot), but we’ve embedded the official trailer above–what do you think?
Read speculation about the leaked trailer’s origins here. According to Entertainment Weekly, the leaked trailer featured Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in the background. We also saw glimpses of Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.
Should bills contain more pages than a bestselling novel? According to SNL actor/writer Seth Meyers, the answer is “yes.”
During the White House Correspondents Dinner, Meyers doled out good humor and roastings to PresidentBarack Obama, billionaire entrepreneurDonald Trump, media mogulArianna Huffington, and many others. The video embedded above features Meyers’ full performance.
Meyers also called out our lawmakers by saying, “We’re not impressed when you complained about how bills are too long to read. The healthcare bill is almost two thousand pages, good. A bill that insures every person in America should be longer than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” What do you think?
Stieg Larsson‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoohas sold one million digital copies. Reportedly, this is the first time a single title has achieved such a feat.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “Several publishers said they had individual authors, like Nora Roberts of Penguin Group USA, who has sold more than a million digital copies of all her combined books. The Millennium trilogy has sold nearly 17 million copies in the United States.”
Last year, eBookNewser reported when Larsson became the first author inducted into the “Kindle Million Club” as combined Kindle sales of all three Millennium books hit the 1 million mark. Currently, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo holds the #42 spot on the Kindle “Top 100 Paid” bestseller list.
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart andTucker Max also made the cut.
What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.
The newspaper also noted: “Stephenie Meyer‘s popularity began to cool off. She accounted for 4% of best sellers the list tracked, down from 11% in 2009. The vampire and paranormal craze among readers isn’t dead, but it’s fading, accounting for just 9% of best sellers, down from 17% in 2009.”
The article also noted that books with movie adaptations do particularly well. It’ll be interesting to see if adaptations (like Kathryn Stockett‘s The Help) will boost sales next year.