Introverted, socially inept, and, in the professional opinion of some, a genuine paranoid psychopath, computer hacker Lisbeth Salander is hardly anyone’s idea of a heroine. But there’s a razor-sharp mind and photographic memory (and, perhaps, a form of Asperger’s syndrome) at work under her spiky hair and various facial piercings. She is, in fact, an utterly fascinating and compelling literary creation, one most recently brought to life by Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s wildly popular trilogy. She might not possess lethal combat skills, but she’s fearless — and the fact that she survived a traumatic childhood that would have crippled less-strong souls, demonstrates a mental toughness every bit the equal of any highly-trained secret agent or martial-arts warrior.
INTERESTING FACT: Mara knows from rough and tumble. Her great-grandfathers were the founders of the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers.