The Girl with the controversy: the Millennium series continues

Shad talks to David Lagercrantz about the reception to his new novel The Girl in the Spider's Web and what it says about the legacy of Stieg Larsson's original trilogy.
David Lagercrantz's "The Girl in the Spider's Web" is a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. (Knopf Doubleday)

The books in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series have sold over 80 million copies and gripped readers across the globe. So why are some people upset about a new addition to the series?

Well, that's because Larsson isn't the man behind the pen this time — he passed away in 2004 before the books were ever published. Fellow Swedish writer David Lagercrantz was recruited for the new novel The Girl in the Spider's Web, due out on September 1st in North America.

Lagercrantz is deeply passionate about the opportunity to explore the world of Lisbeth Salander further, and many fans share his enthusiasm. But there's also been vocal opposition to the book — including from Larsson's partner.

Shad talks with Lagercrantz about his love for Larsson's work, the intense pressure he felt in continuing the series, and how he feels about the controversy his novel has generated.

WEB EXTRA | How well do you know the Millennium series? Our friends over at CBC Books have published a new quiz asking just that — click here to test your knowledge!


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