The Lisbeths of American pop culture

In 2010, when all three Stieg Larsson novels were on the bestseller lists and all three Swedish versions of the movies had their first U.S. showings, at least three new American TV series with certain resonances to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had their debuts. Outlaw (subsequently canceled) included a secondary character who was a young, goth-dressing, computer-hacking, define-your-own-morals character named Lucinda. The New York Post commented that the show should be called “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Two.” Around the same time, the J.J. Abrams-created Undercovers premiered, featuring an episode in Stockholm, where the female protagonist was in bed, reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also premiering was Nikita, a new reincarnation of La Femme Nikita, which features two different takes on martial arts-fighting, cyber-hacking, techno-savvy bad girls, Nikita and Alex.

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