Mmh, I have never heard of this Girl with the Dragon Tatoo thing so I can't take the challenge (after a quick google search it seems this is a book), and yeah of course it's your right to like something else and not be a fan of FF7.
Now it is obvious that FF7 doesn't have the best storyline ever from any media, especially if you compare it to books or films which are completely storyline driven medias as opposed to games where the story line is only one of the many features (therefore chances are the story line of a game won't be too complex - and I personally think it's not a bad thing).
FF7 probably doesn't have the best storyline of any videogames as for today, but back in 1997 what were storyline in games like ?
Some western games like Myst or Riven had somewhat complex storylines but I never managed to read them because it's all too long, and I'm more interested in playing than reading a load of text (I know some people feel the other way around and that's their right).
Most games had a story line like you should rescure something, you should fetch some items, oh the villain you just defeated was only manipulated by an even greater vilain, etc...
No matter what you guys says, FF7 is completely different. Yes the main goal is eventually to defeat a villain however you discover the environment setup little by little and the story line is a complex puzzle that you discover in a strange order (lots of flashbacks). You don't even know who the hero really is until the last part of the game, and all party characters have their own background story.
Also all this story is told not only by text, but also images, music, and sometimes movies. This makes it interactive and interesting to follow and accessible even to teenagers who are looking for a game more complex than kid's games, but not too complex either (like I when I played the game for the 1st time).
This was extremely developer back in 1997, not many games featured that and that's why so many people, including myself, praises FF7 for it's great story. This doesn't mean the story in itself is interesting (if you'd take the whole gameplay out the story would not be very interesting) but it help to maintain some interest in the game and it's universe.
Don't like, overreact or anything.
Yeah I know I'm just feeding their troll and that in the end those guys are always right no matter what, but I can't refrain from arguing even if I know it's completely pointless. It's more their attitude that pisses me off. If it would be like : "Yeah Final Fantasy games aren't my favourite I think XXX game is way better than them." or wathever I'd be fine but here it's just plain non-constructive trolling.