I Preferred The Original Dragon Tattoo
July 17, 2010 13 Comments
Pop culture is weird sometimes. Lately I keep being forced into a vague awareness that there’s a book (or something) called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I see people reading it on beaches and the subways. It’s featured prominently in all the bookstores. Go to Amazon and it will be somewhere there. Go to some other website and you’ll see an Amazon ad for it. I think it’s going to be made into a movie. Or already was. So movie people talk about the coming (or already made) movie. Because supposedly that’s interesting too.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against it, whatever it is. It’s just that for the life of me I can’t begin to picture or imagine what’s supposed to be such a big deal about this book. I know zero about it so in my mind I suppose I can imagine it being anything from a softcore romance to a serial-killer slasher. I’ve just temporarily filed it mentally under the same compartment into which I placed The Kite Runner a few years back and The Da Vinci Code before that.
But still, whatever it is, surely it can’t possibly merit the attention and high profile it’s been given. I mean, can it? From the way it has become ubiquitous in the media, it pretty much has to be the best book (it started out as a book, right? or was it originally a children’s TV show or something?) of all time to live up to it.
Because if not, I do resent being forced into awareness of this book I’m pretty sure I’ll never read. Now, you’re going to say (maybe), “Sonic Charmer, it’s a good book. You see, there’s this girl, and she has this tattoo, and they…well the government, you see…I mean there’s this ancient bloodline, and…well anyway there’s a lot to explain, but just read it. You’re prejudging. It’s really good!”
Okay, maybe you have a point, imagined interlocutor. Maybe. But even if it’s like a pretty good book and all, so what? Does that mean I have to keep not being able to not be aware of its existence all the time? What’s the big deal if I don’t read or have any knowledge of some pretty good book? Aren’t there other good books for me to be aware of and not have time to read? Leave me be.
Here’s the other thing. To me, the phrase “dragon tattoo” always and forever will inherently have only one connotation, and it’s a Fountains of Wayne song. Mind you, it’s a very good Fountains of Wayne song. Indeed, that’s the problem: I simply can’t imagine the book version possibly measuring up.