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At first we might be hard-pressed to see how tough-as-nails Lisbeth Salander may be seen as a grown-up incarnation of the cute, loveable Pippi Longstocking. However, upon closer inspection, there are a number of very obvious clues. Take Pippi as a child: extraordinarily strong and fearless, she stood up to adults, mocking and tricking them to get her own way. Although she lacks an actual education, she still possesses a very strong sense of justice. Combine this with several years of time spent at orphanages, in negligent foster care and at the hands of physically and sexually abusive adults. What do you get? A cynical, street-savvy, mysterious young woman with well-developed yet hidden physical strength and all the right underground connections: Lisbeth Salander. Should anyone cross her path unfairly, Salander knows how to defend herself, and moreover, how to avenge herself.</p>

<p>"… If the tradition of Swedish crime fiction was established, Larsson stepped out from the ranks when he created Salander, the pierced, tattooed misfit with violent and bisexual proclivities who has won readers' hearts. The author himself cited the influence of Pippi Longstocking [...]" (from: -- http://www.buzzle.com/articles/289825.html).</p>

<p>"What would she [Pippi Longstocking] have been like today? What would she have been like as an adult? What would she be called? A sociopath?" Larsson told book store industry magazine Svensk Bokhandel in the only interview he ever did about his crime fiction. "I created her as Lisbeth Salander, 25 years old and extremely isolated. She doesn't know anyone, has no social competence." (from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/17/AR2009021700184.html).

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      At first we might be hard-pressed to see how tough-as-nails Lisbeth Salander a grown-up incarnation of the cute, loveable Pippi Longstocking. However, upon closer inspection, there are a number of very obvious clues. Take Pippi as a child: extraordinarily strong and fearless, she stood up to adults, mocking and tricking them to get her own way. Although she lacks an actual education, she still possesses a very strong sense of justice. Combine this with several years of time spent at orphanages, in negligent foster care and at the hands of physically and sexually abusive adults. What do you get? A cynical, street-savvy, mysterious young woman with well-developed yet hidden physical strength and all the right underground connections: Lisbeth Salander. Should anyone cross her path unfairly, Salander knows how to defend herself, and moreover, how to avenge herself.

      Also came across this from the Washington Post:

      "What would she [Pippi Longstocking] have been like today? What would she have been like as an adult? What would she be called? A sociopath?" Larsson told book store industry magazine Svensk Bokhandel in the only interview he ever did about his crime fiction. "I created her as Lisbeth Salander, 25 years old and extremely isolated. She doesn't know anyone, has no social competence."
      --http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/17/AR2009021700184.html

      This post was edited on 2 occasions; the last edit took place on 2009/8/5, 20:36.

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