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'Tattoo' marketing angers Larsson's partner

AFP/The Local · 21 Dec 2011, 12:06

Published: 21 Dec 2011 12:06 GMT+01:00

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“We would never have sold any rights for merchandising,” Eva Gabrielsson told the AP news agency.

Gabrielsson, who was in a relationship with Larsson for more than 30 years before he died of a heart attack in 2004 at age 50, has been engaged in a long-running dispute with Larsson's family over the rights to the estate of the late-author.

The journalist-turned-novelist died without a will, and the couple never had children.

Under Swedish law, Larsson's assets -- including copyrights -- thereby automatically went to his father and brother, leaving Gabrielsson with nothing.

The two have disputed Gabrielsson's claims, outlined in a memoir published in January 2011, that they profiting from Larsson’s literary legacy.

According to them, the revenues from the best-selling books have gone to the anti-racist activities of Expo, the foundation and magazine that Larsson helped establish, as well as women's shelters and protection for threatened journalists.

"We have no intention to use the money in any other way than as Stieg intended," the late author's younger brother, Joakim Larsson wrote in a statement issued after the publication of Gabrielsson's book.

Last summer, Swedish fashion giant H&M released a clothing collection by costume designer Trish Summerville inspired by Lisbeth Salander, the brooding hacker protagonist featured in Larsson's books.

According to Gabrielsson, the decision to use Salander, who she claims is part of the feminist “movement”, distracts from the political dimension of the book to highlight the “oppression of women”.

“It has nothing to do with books,” she said of the merchandising surrounding the Hollywood version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, set for release in Sweden and the United States this week.

The film, directed by David Fincher, is the first US interpretation of a book that has captivated the world since its posthumous publication in 2005, a year after his death, selling 65 million copies in 46 countries.

Britain's Craig, the latest actor to portray the classic spy character "James Bond," plays magazine publisher in disgrace Mikael Blomkvist in the US version.

He is joined by young US actress Roney Mara as talented hacker Salander. Mara's powerful performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a drama this week.

Speaking with AP, however, Gabrielsson questioned whether Mara, who suggested that Salander isn't a feminist, had done the justice to a character who represents “active resistance to the mechanisms that mean women don’t advance in this world”.

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“Does she know what film she has been in?” Gabrielsson said.

“Has she read the books?”

According to Gabrielsson, the English title of the book and film sounds like a “children's book” and fails to capture the “basic theme” of Larsson's original novel, which in Swedish was entitled “Man som hatar kvinnor” ('Men who hate women').

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Your comments about this article

13:09 December 21, 2011 by procrustes
Maybe someone should write a book entitled, "Women Who Plunder Men," with the theme that women will never be free of outdated cultural roles until men are free of outdated cultural roles.

If the family is maximizing the revenues and disbursing the funds to charities according to the author's wishes, what oh what could her complaint be? I just can't imagine...

As far as the English title, geeze, Sweden absolutely mangles English into Swedish titles.
14:45 December 21, 2011 by Roy E
This entire 'tatoo' series is little more than a celebration of dysfunction and deviance. Is a less mentally disturbed world, it seems Sweden would be embarrassed by this darkness rather than embracing and promoting it.

That Hollywood wants to double down on this twisted sickness is no badge of honor either.
17:15 December 21, 2011 by J Jack
"Man som hatar kvinnor" is one of the most dreary boring films I have ever tried to watch. What is this gravity stricken moaning btch going on about? She should be proud of her long time late partner's international acknowledgement. Rooney Mara has read the books, all of them. If anyone should be questioned it should be the script writer. Sounds like a bitter Swedish menopause who missed out on her piece of the pie. Get over it already, Hollywood has eclipsed the Swedish Film Industry and made a considerable Tax contribution. As a Kiwi, I understand from 'Lord Of The Rings' how good this can be for an otherwise insignificant country. If this new film breaks records, Stockholm's tourism will go banana's. Let's just hope you can all cope with it!
17:40 December 21, 2011 by Opinionfool
Interesting that Gabrielson isn't above making money from the memory of Larson by writing a book herself "Millennium: Steiger and Me". One suspects that over and above the sour grapes at not inheriting his fortune she isn't making enough money from her own exploitation of him.
00:36 December 22, 2011 by crunchy2k
She killed the author and was paid off by the estate which she sued for more money. Does she think she was a charactor in one of his books? I think she was the badass gov that directed all the ill against the tatooed innocent drung using female anti-hero.

Damn, maybe she was the dung sucking female anti-heroine and the next book was about her....

Sometimes it best to please the family and let the grieve in piece...and the girl friends should be bought off.
02:20 December 22, 2011 by jomamas
"We would never have sold any rights for merchandising"


So you a hypocrite?

The book is nothing but a big communist, anti-man hate fest.

They won't get my money.
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