Book Endings We’d Like to Change

The Millennium Trilogy
By Stieg Larsson

The world of literature is full of books that leave readers hanging, wishing for a different ending. Thinking on this topic, I chose an ending that I would like to change. I think the last novel, including the ending, of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson should have been different. The first two books in the trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire were action-packed adventures full of twists and great characters. The fast-paced ride seemed to fizzle out in the third and final book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I was expecting an exhilarating ending – Lisbeth getting real justice and everyone living happily ever after. Not only did the last novel lack the closure in a happy ending, (or any real ending at all), I felt the book lacked the explosive punch that could have really brought the trilogy to a close. Instead, it focused more on the legal aspect of the trial and the aftermath and left all the good stuff from the first two books out. If I could have Larsson rewrite the ending – I would have more twists and thrills and a happily ever after for our exotic heroine.

-Stephanie Ward

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