Wednesday Cover Story: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I can’t get on the tube these days without spotting a poster for the new DVD release of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And of course, you will also find the obligatory film tie-in version of the novel by Stieg Larsson in bookstores. The film poster makes an equally effective cover to the book (possibly more effective? What do you think?) but it highlights a crucial difference between the two.
On the film tie-in cover the face of actress Noomi Rapace, playing Lisbeth’s character, is clearly pictured front and centre. On the original paperback cover, Lisbeth’s face is hidden.
It highlights the common trait (and deliberate move) to hide people’s faces on book covers. The characters on the covers are, more often than not, pictured in the distance, or facing away from the reader, or cropped at the neck (see countless historical novels eg. see our own Young Bess) or blurred in some way. Because effectively the beauty of books is that the reader will conjure up their own unique picture in their heads as they turn the pages, and formulate their own image of a character in their mind. Films, as visual mediums, of course do not let you do that. Directors and producers have picked their one vision and present it boldly to you.
I wonder, for those of you who read the book before seeing the film, how different Noomi is from the Lisbeth you imagined in your heads?
Chiara Priorelli, Publicity & Online Marketing Manager
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