It is all in the past though. The classical Lolita begins in quaint old New England and travels across the conservative landscape of North America. It was a time of penitentiary institutions and the Golden age of the motels. The cold war was in full swing and the Soviet Union stood mighty. Indeed it was a different time. A time of blacks and whites and all the shades of gray.
With the advent of the internet the layout of the world has changed. Oh it is a whole new world now. Columbus would for sure accidentally stumble upon some piece of land, but it is not certain that he would have the opportunity to claim America. He could have as well been greeted by natives of a strange isle of slash wielding banners proclaiming 'All Your Base Belong to Us'.
If you think land is rough, traversing the seas is even rougher. There is the sea of culture, ocean of sub culture, the deadly viral straits and then the terrifying noob sea. Even Bartholomew and Captain cook would be in dire straits navigating these waters. I guess you could navigate these with Jack Sparrow's wacky compass. Although you might have to be extra careful, because most of you are probably looking for free porn and letting the compass lead you to what you want could result in a lot of viruses. As you have heard, there is no such thing as safe sites.
Either way the point being Humbert Humbert and Lolita both had it easy. It might sound insensitive and cruel, but seriously, they had it good in their times. Things were much simpler and clear cut back in those days. Lolita meet Humbert Humbert, creepy old literary guy who finds you disturbingly attractive. As a matter of fact Lolita all literary types get no action and are creepy types who find even bubble wrap to be a major turn on. Humbert Humbert meet Lolita, your average teenager. She is a firecracker this one, she will lure you like a siren beckoning the might ships and you will crash on the rocky shores, with your world smashed into pieces while she gleefully relishes the crumbling pieces of your ship. Alright, Humbert Humbert was a creeptacular pedophile jerk, but you he did have it harder. I mean come on, how is one to know that sweet innocent little average teen is going to crash and burn your ship.
Unfortunately, it is not that easy for any of us. Not even the Lolita's amidst us. Our is the mad world of the internet that would have Captain Cook lost remember. So for our wonderful world of the world wide webs called the internets, our classic lovely Lolita storyline is kicked up a few notches as illustrated in the dark psychological thriller Hard Candy.
But the fact remains that there is hard candy littered all over out there. Delicious, sweet, enticing sugar rush. Maybelline and Cover up, making it hard to discern 14 from 24 to 34. Even every decent adult probably shudders at the thought of accidentally biting into some real Hard Candy.
Although don't just take Beware of the Lolita at face value. Lolita is merely a symbol. A harmless hapless alluring front to a rabbit hole that is much deeper and sinister than Alice would have ever imagined. Chase them rabbits carelessly and you could find yourself falling and falling and falling so long that your probably not in your senses to feel the crunch when you hit rock bottom and burrow six feet below it.
Beware of the Lolita, I've often joked to other friends who have plumbed the depths of the internet from rule 1 to rule 34, from all your bases to end of the world, from all the cups and saucers and jars out there. See when you can read the map of the internets you know what to do in case of zombie apocalypses and when raptors attack.
Although, work experience has made me realize not every one is really as worldly astute. I'm not sure which ones I find more scarier, 12 year old AOL'ers or 12 year old Twihard slash shippers with literary skills sharper than a surrealist Russian novelist. ZOMFG! Here is mah emale address send mah an emale I havta shoya mah nu piecred tits. WTF! Yeah! It is terrifying to receive those responses, especially when you thought you were discussing health care reform that lead to mammograms that led to tits and now someone wants to email their tits to everyone. But even scarier is when you stumble across some of the finest literary gay porn between vampires and pack of wolves, using sophisticated words like precipitous, brusque, lithe, morose, predilection, sycophant and myriad - where the people do not have blue eyes but deep cerulean or orbs of turquoise. Its the type of content that is racy and scholarly enough to make a porn star as well as honors literature graduate feel inadequate.
But that is not the most disturbing part. Teenagers online are considered deadlier than nuclear waste. Peter Steiner a cartoonist for the New Yorker created the most potent message about modern cyberculture "On the Internet, Nobody knows you are a dog" or as the Chinese say "On the Internet, Everyone knows you are a dog". It really depends on social perspective. The truth is that its a dog eat world out there. Dogs, Wolves, Grandmas, Red Riding Hoods, Lolitas, what have you.
Photo Caption: Dog, Wolf, Hyena, Hood, Grandma, Cougar, Chicken, Duck, Goose, Spade, Queen of Hearts, the Red Queen, the Dodo, a Mock Turtle, The Jabberwocky - who's stalking you in your wonderland?
Whenever I email a fellow ex-relay operator I mockingly greet them "It me my love. I love you my love. Come online now my love. Send me money my love". Its stark and dark and morbid, but its the kind of dark humor that gets you through a day of human idiocracy where you see desperate men and women fall for 419 scam meisters. I've seen women sponsor and marry men they met in some online hookup site only to find that they were scammed and used by married men or criminals to get access to USA and fleece them of their money. I'm not just talking trailer trash, but real educated men and women. Of course the love scams are lightened with stuff like 'firstname.lastname@example.org' about a guy whose father was trampled by elephants and then steamrolled in Africa and now he needs the body shipped back to the states. Yeah thats right, and theres people out there buying and selling armies which led me to innocuously proclaim that only one human was consumer sized - thereby saying that it was perhaps a normal everyday transaction to trade a human.
The bottom line of it all is that Beware of Lolita is a dark satire, a joke on the world we live in, a pun on all the internet memes that our world is steeped in. Its starkly funny, it is somewhat ironic, it can be rabidly sarcastic or morosely lamenting. It is food for thought though, food for serious thought. Who is the dog that nobody knows or who is the dog everyone is aware of? Who is hiding under the red riding hood? Who is dear old grandma? Who is the sweet flirtatious teen? Who is the smart witty man or woman overseas, that is oh so charming?
It could be the conventional cat and mouse game....where the swift cat devours a timid mouse.....or we could have a taste of hard candy......or a mouse hunting a cat.......
Finally before wrapping things up, lets flip over Lolita's coin. Ask yourself, how did you hear the story of Lolita? It was a tale narrated by Humbert Humbert. It was his twisted and disturbing, yet emotionally wrenching story. It is through the words of this literary genius that you see the world of a disturbed yet committed man whose heart is broken by the object of his affection. It is Humbert Humbert who tells us about the cruel who seduced him and broke his heart. It is Humbert Humbert who tells us of his pain, and how even after the betrayal and the years gone by - he loves her dearly and goes to help her in her time of need.
But what about Lolita's story? How would she narrate her tale. What was a hapless teenage girl to do? Her stepfather married her mother only to seduce the daughter. With a dead mother she is compelled to accept a lecherous man as her stepfather. With threats of reform school what is an orphaned teen to do but succumb to the demands, and pretend that everything is well. Being sexually used by a stepfather what would one do but take help from the first person who offers it. If he turns out to be the villain, what was she to do but choose to seek salvation in the lesser evil of her life. We have taken Humbert's story at face value. We have made his tale literary legend. In the process though Lolita's voice is lost. No one knows her story. No one knows what Lolita would say about her life. Would we still be wary of her, or would we shed tears upon her plight.
Before we leave, I will leave you with a lighter, happier note. One with the infinite possibilities of the internets. If the world is an MMO, then the purpose is to take on a role or many infinite roles too. WOW! What a Second Life!