August 15, 2012
Successful novels and films (not necessarily good ones) must have two rock-bottom commodities to be successful: shocking sex and a heroine we care about.
Last night my husband and I watched the movie, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” to see what the commotion was all about. We saw a three-hour movie overloaded with sex horror; it came at us from beginning to end, unrelentingly, in infinite variety. The only treatment omitted was cannibalism. Unless I missed something. Without the sex horror, there was nothing to hold the viewer except a sympathetic heroine.. The nature of shocking sex horror grabs everyone by the throat & doesn’t let go. Three hours later, we realized we had been duped, duped, duped. Then came the knowledge that this was one part of a trilogy. Oh my God, more to come? But the author and filmmakers who used the oldest tricks in the book have best sellers.
What I resent is giving away three hours of my life to this.