Well, This Isn’t Exactly A Surprise…

Filed in Cult of Pop 1.0

I found a “Which Book Are You?” Quiz linked off an entry on Carol Peters ablogging and – killing time whenever I’m given half a chance – decided to take it. The result?

You’re Lolita!

by Vladimir Nabokov

Considered by most to be depraved and immoral, you are obsessed with sex. What really tantalizes you is that which deviates from societal standards in every way, though you admit that this probably isn’t the best and you’re not sure what causes this desire. Nonetheless, you’ve done some pretty nefarious things in your life, and probably gotten caught for them. The names have been changed, but the problems are real. Please stay away from children.

Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

Lolita is actually one of my favorite books of all time – I first fell in love with it when I read it at eighteen and I still find it enchanting today. (Speaking of which – if you don’t go for long sweet romances and want more bang for your buck, I suggest Nabokov’s The Enchanter which has been dubbed the “ur-Lolita”.) If you can get past the controversial subject matter – or better yet, embrace the subject matter wholeheartedly because it’s part and parcel of the book’s love story – you’ll find some of the most beautifully written prose ever. In the right frame of mind, reading Lolita does indeed feel like falling in love.

When I was an undergaduate in SUNY Albany, I had a running argument with a friend about which was better, Lolita or Ada. What this says about the both of us, I’d rather not consider.