Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Girl Named Mary Sue

I just finished "The Girl Who Played With Fire." At this point, it would be helpful to review the attributes of the title character, a Swedish girl named Lisbeth Salander.

  • She has a photographic memory;

  • is an untraceable, unblockable, world-class computer hacker;

  • and has talent with mathematical analysis at the level of Fermat's last theorem.

  • She is mysteriously sexually attractive to both men and women;

  • yet the Swedish police find her to be an untraceable, wraith-like ninja who can elude a nation-wide manhunt at will.

  • She is fast enough, if not strong enough, to go into the boxing ring against male boxers.

  • Through a combination of wits, speed, and ruthlessness, she has managed to overpower half-a-dozen adult men, including professional criminal members of a biker gang.

  • She has managed to terrify, admittedly irrationally, a man the size of Andre the Giant who is immune to pain.

  • She has survived hurricane-force winds.

  • She has survived three gunshots wounds, including one that left a bullet lodged in her brain.

  • She has survived being buried alive.

How do we explain all this? There really is only one explanation. She is not actually mild-mannered Lisbeth Salander at all. She is really Sal-El, daughter of Zal-El, last survivor of the planet Krypton!


Blogger chaosakita said...

I totally agree. This is one reason I couldn't get over the first few pages of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

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