also literary genius!

First and foremost, Vladimir Nabokov is a fantastic author - he fills his book with fantastic puns and turns of phrases. It is thought provoking and has psychological depth. A lot of people seem to believe it is purely about pedophilia or even romanticises pedophilia but it’s quite the opposite. Nabokov tries to make the point that ignoring the suffering of others is as bad as causing the suffering. Humbert Humbert ignores the suffering of Lolita, whom he is abusing, to satisfy his own desire and Nabokov tries to show how manipulative and cunning he is by making the reader almost believe that what is taking place is a love affair, as opposed to pedophilia. That seems to go over a lot of people’s heads - more so those who watch the movie because this doesn’t come across in the movie, just the book because of how well it’s written. As an author he elicits a feeling from the reader that one would not expect given the nature of the book - empathy, and the reason we feel such emotions is because of how manipulative the character is. That is exactly why it’s such a good book.

I often feel when people say the book is solely about pedophilia and therefore vile and horrific that they missed the entire point. It is vile and horrific, yes, but it is also literary genius.

anonymous asked:

I read Lolita bc you recommend it and I’m curious what you love about it?? I felt it was quite disturbing but well written. Definitely not something I would consider a love story. My favorite line was “he wrecked my heart, you wrecked my life” it really resinated with me..

First and foremost, Vladimir Nabokov is a fantastic author. He had written some wonderful books. He fills his book with fantastic puns and turns of phrases. It is thought provoking and has psychological depth.

A lot of people seem to believe Lolita is purely about pedophilia or even romanticises pedophilia but it’s quite the opposite.

Nabokov tries to make the point that ignoring the suffering of others is as bad as causing the suffering. Humbert Humbert ignores the suffering of Lolita, whom he is abusing, to satisfy his own desire and Nabokov tries to show how manipulative and cunning he is by making the reader almost believe that what is taking place is a love affair, as opposed to pedophilia.

As an author he elicits a feeling from the reader that one would not expect given the nature of the book - empathy. And the reason we feel such emotions is because of how manipulative the character is.

The fact that so many people do believe it to be a love story and romanticise it shows how well it’s written and executed. That is exactly why it’s such a good book. People assume that because the storyline features pedophilia that it’s a vile and horrific book that shouldn’t be read. And yes, it is vile and horrific but it’s also literary genius.

anonymous asked:

If you haven't already, you should read Lolita . Its uncomfortable recommending a book so infamously disturbing (even to a true crime blogger) due to the cultural and historical context of being romanticized by some as a validation of pedophilia. Just saying its misuderstood or whatever is stupid because you've probably gotten asks saying ted bundy was "misunderstood" but its worth a read. (get the annotated edition if you do)

Lolita is one of my favourite books.

Vladimir Nabokov is a fantastic author - he fills his books with fantastic puns and turns of phrases. It is thought provoking and has psychological depth. It isn’t just about pedophilia, which is what most people assume it’s about, thus being misunderstood. There’s a much deeper meaning. Nabokov attempts to make the point that ignoring the suffering of others is as bad as causing the suffering. Humbert Humbert ignores the suffering of Lolita, whom he is abusing, to satisfy his own desire and Nabokov wants to show how manipulative and cunning he is by making the reader almost believe that what is taking place is a love affair, as opposed to pedophilia. As an author he elicits a feeling from the reader that one would not expect given the nature of the book - empathy, and the reason we feel such emotions is because of how manipulative the character is. Just look at how many people romanticise the book. It’s safe to say he succeeded.

Definitely worth a read, and I often feel when people say the book is solely about pedophilia and therefore vile and voyeuristic that they missed the entire point. It is vile and voyeuristic, yes, but it is also literary genius.