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King denies calling Stieg Larsson books 'horrible'

King denies calling Stieg Larsson books 'horrible'

Published: 06 May 2011 15:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 May 2011 15:03 GMT+02:00

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has denied labeling Stieg Larsson's wildly successful Millennium crime novels "horrible" in an interview with a Polish newspaper.

"I am amazed that he has achieved such success," the King is quoted as saying of Larsson in an interview published on Tuesday by Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

"Maybe it's because Sweden hasn't been associated previously with the criminal world Larsson describes? I'm not happy about this because Larsson's books are horrible, rather than joyful."

The King and Queen Silvia, in Poland on a state visit this week, were asked about a wide range of topics during an interview with the Polish newspaper published in conjunction with their visit.

According to Gazeta Wyborcza, Queen Silvia shared her husband's concerns about the Millennium books, saying she was "shocked" by their violence.

"I don't want to identify our country with what he writes. Larsson's story should be treated like a book. It's not an accurate picture of Sweden," she is quoted as saying.

The three books penned by Larsson, who died in 2004, have all become best sellers in Sweden and internationally, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide.

When asked later about comments which appeared to denigrate one of Sweden's most successful cultural exports, the King laughed, claiming he had been misunderstood by the Polish newspaper.

"I told the Polish journalists that the last book was quite unpleasant. Period, question mark, exclamation mark," the King told the Expressen newspaper.

"Then it's up to each and every individual to understand what I mean."

The Kind added that he has in fact read Larsson's books and thinks they are "really good".

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15:49 May 6, 2011 by Roy E
What's wrong with calling them horrible?

They are pretty sick and twisted, after all.
15:54 May 6, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
...You have to admire a king with an opinion...
17:39 May 6, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
I agree Roy. There is nothing special about those stories. You would think from those stories that Larsson was some kind of a man-hater lesbo, but no he was a man!?!?!
20:12 May 6, 2011 by sgt_doom
A SEAL team has now been dispatched and King Carl may expect them shortly.

Hopefully, he will behave in a kingly manner and not flinch when he end arrives.
20:42 May 6, 2011 by Swedesmith
I hear the King has a library of over 10,000 books...and only half of them are even colored in.
21:00 May 6, 2011 by technoviking
@TheOneWhoTravels

"Larsson was some kind of a man-hater lesbo"

He was a Swedish commie.

Isn't that the same thing?

The books are extremely overrated. Nothing sells like a graphic rape scene though...
22:31 May 6, 2011 by planet.sweden
This could be the first sensible thing I've ever heard the Swedish King say.

Surely there's no need for him to deny it these comments. He's perfectly entitled to an opinion about a book of fiction, and in my view he is right.

Much of the content of the first and only Larsson book I have read "Män som hatar kvinnor" was gratiously sick and stomach turning.
23:35 May 6, 2011 by Bill Dombrowski
You tell 'em, King!
13:29 May 7, 2011 by swedejane
Every time this so-called "king" opens his mouth he loses an IQ point. He makes the nation of Sweden look culturally impotent.
00:24 May 8, 2011 by wenddiver
Now that he's back from Afganistan he has his male mojo on. He can do things like say "I think this su$%$! or Let's leave this dump, I need a woman" to the Queen.

He should drink more Glennfidich Scotch and wear Ray-Ban sun glasses.

Part of the new persona is telling Authors they "Su@#!", if you think they do.

He should recommend a good book by Forrest Griffin and Spin the Queen Around and give her, full on kisses in public.
18:26 May 8, 2011 by cogito
The king can read?

Like it or not, Stieg Larsson has done more to put Sweden on the map than the useless royals have. Visitors from China to Chile come to take the S.L. tour.
18:39 May 8, 2011 by BigBilly
At least your King can read; our royals ... well, I can't think of anything nice to say so I'll say nothing.
06:28 May 9, 2011 by wenddiver
King is a tough job. Nobody ever sends him a note with awsome day Kinging on it, or I sure like the way you kicked his ass king on it. There are probably days he would rather hang out in his Blue and Gold jogging suite and chat up women at the local McDonalds "Want to have some French Fries with the King Lady?", but you have to put on your uniform and go to work inspecting the Royal Posse, posing for photos, making sure war doesn't break out with Denmark, Keeping the Prime Minister out of the smelly canned fish,find out why the Swedish Army hasn't brought you Osama Bin Laden's head, calling Michael Jackson and asking him to remove the Swedish Crown from his clothing (one less thing to do) talking Momar Khadaffi out of suicide while being firm that he can't come over and play Fooseball, Play SOCOM on play station, order a Hawaian Pizza so the family has something for dinner, the job is endless.
14:30 May 9, 2011 by farnoxo
The King can read!!!! Now that is newsworthy!
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