Since Steig Larsson’s trilogy–The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest–became a publishing phenomenon in 2009, the title themes have been adopted by a whopping 91 other books. A rather surprising 23 percent of them were used on children’s books, and even though sales of the trilogy have been tapering off, far more of them were published last year (36) than in 2012 (19).
Although we can’t vouch for the quality or content of the books, here are a few of our favorite knock-offs:
The Girl Who…
… Ate Kalamazoo, by Darrin Doyle
… Hated Books, by Manjusha Pawagi and Leanne Franson
… Became a Beatle, by Greg Taylor
… Never Was, by Skylar Dorset
… Fished With a Worm, by Harry Groome
… Thought Too Much, by Rosa Edwards
The Girl With the…
… Sturgeon Tattoo: A Parody, by Lars Arffssen
… Yellow Dress, by Giancarlo Gabbrielli
… Sandwich Tattoo, by Dragon Stiegsson
… Thistle Tattoo, by Patricia Green
As we documented in our book, The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time, Larsson himself did not use the titles these books have become known by in English. In Swedish, he titled the first book Men Who Hate Women and had told his Swedish publisher before he died that they could make virtually any editorial changes they wanted – but not to change the title. After his death the English language rights were sold to a British publisher who decided the first book needed a catchier title, and thus The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, one of the best (and most imitated) titles in modern publishing history was born.