If you're one of the millions of people who've read Stieg Larsson's novels, you're no doubt intrigued by the heroine, computer whiz Lisbeth Salander. See if you have what it takes to be like her.
Step 1: Be fearless Be fearless: Lisbeth Salander doesn't take crap from anyone. And she'll risk her own life to save a friend.
Step 2: Take up kickboxing Take up kickboxing; it's one of the skills that helps Lisbeth be a badass.
Step 3: Be a computer whiz Lisbeth is a genius hacker, so brush up on your computer skills to be like the girl with the dragon tattoo.
TIP: Avoid Lisbeth's penchant for disregarding privacy laws.
Step 4: Express yourself Embrace all forms of self-expression. In Lisbeth's case, that means multiple tattoos, including a dragon tattoo, and multiple piercings -- how you present yourself to the world is up to you. The point is to not let society dictate how you should dress or look -- or what gender you should sleep with.
Step 5: Be skeptical Have a healthy mistrust of people. Keep up your guard until you know someone is trustworthy.
Step 6: Avenge wrongdoing Forget the motto, "Living well is the best revenge." For the girl with the dragon tattoo, getting revenge is the best revenge.
FACT: The children's book character Pippi Longstocking was an inspiration for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo heroine Lisbeth Salander.