Trent Reznor: Darkness Audible

 Wesley Mann

THE DRAGON TATTOO FRANCHISE: Swedish writer Stieg Larsson didn't live to see his Millennium series of novels published; he died of a heart attack in 2004 at age 50. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was released the following year, and the trilogy of crime thrillers -- including The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- went on to sell more than 18 million copies and counting worldwide. The novels were adapted into a trio of Swedish films, all released in 2007, starring Noomi Rapace as goth hacker Lisbeth Salander and Michael Nyqvist as magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist. Dragon Tattoo became the most successful Scandinavian title of all time, and a Pan-European franchise was launched. And by mid-2010, Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures were fast-tracking the English-language version.

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