Woolworths in the UK has stopped selling a "Lolita" bedroom set for young girls after a group of mothers began a campaign in protest of it. But don't blame Woolworths! They supposedly had never even heard of Vladimir Nabokov's novel of the same name. "The staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest, no one else here had either,'' a store spokesman said. "We had to look it up on Wikipedia." [The Times of London]
@dayglo: OH MY GOD! I COULD KISS YOU!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Lolita is far and away my favorite book of all time, because only a genius like Nabakov could write this book in his THIRD language (it was originally written in English, many people don't know that) and make you say a book about repeated child rape is beautiful.
The way we use the term "Lolita" today is really so reflective on society it's disgusting. Anyone who has read the book will tell you that Humbert is an unreliable narrator and a sick human being who even ADMITS that what he is doing is wrong. And yet popular culture makes THE CHILD the seductress. Not only is this not at all the case in the book even a little, but a child is still not responsible for sex/rape that happens to her.
Oh PLEASE keep this thread up all day. I could talk about Lolita for hours...