Reading Lolita never gets old for me. I adore the poetry, honesty, and bravery of the book, and I agree with Vanity Fair that it is indeed a very convincing love story.
Although it’s gone through years of harsh critique, controversy, and certain hatred, Nabokov’s Lolita is also widely celebrated and loved by many. Almost every year, it gets a makeover in the form of a new edition, it continues to be studied, and there is a never-ending sea of Lolita artwork.
A friend recently sent me this site that features “185 Lolita book and media covers from 37 countries and 56 years”. I loved going through these! It was very interesting to see each year’s influence on the art, like little time capsules. Also interesting to see how young/old each artist chose to make Lolita. In some interpretations, she looks like a ten-year-old. In others, she could be thirty.
So many different interpretations, so many styles. Some artists chose the simplicity and power of using only Lolita’s name, and others literally shove her in the readers’ faces. Some are playful, some are dangerous. Some are sexy, some are cutesy. I guess all of those elements describe Lolita herself, though.
Here are a few of my favorites: