I adore you and if it makes you feel any better, I can't even go out on my own, so you're very inspiring, a lot more than you think. I only wish you had time to post more as your gifs brighten my day. ♡
You’re the sweetest. You’re one of the few people on tumblr that actually take the time to send me messages and when you do, it really does brighten my day.
I'm sorry I don't talk to you, I just... don't know what to say. I'm really awkward and kinda creepy and your writing is so amazing.
I’m awkward, too. Painfully so.
I’m so awkward I even have difficulty going to a shop and buying stuff I need because I feel awkward when people look at me and I feel awkward when I take too long choosing—which by the way happens a lot because I’m very picky—and once it happens it makes me really self-conscious and I feel it will bring everyone’s attention on me and I feel awkward making eye contact with the cashier and I just—I’m very awkward, you know? I’m dating a guy and I’m awkward around him, too. I like him a lot—in fact, I probably like him more than he likes me but I can’t even look into his eyes for more than five seconds because I feel awkward. And I feel awkward when he wants to hold my hand or when he puts his arm around my waist. Nice guy, you know? But I’m awkward as hell and he either thinks I’m an idiot or that I can’t stand him. I like spending time with him and such but most of the time when we’re together I’m either giggling like a little child or avoiding eye contact and god bless his soul why the fuck is he still wasting his time with me?!
I’m sorry, I didn’t really mean to ramble on—all I’m saying is I’m probably more awkward or creepy or fucked up than you are and most of the time I don’t know what to say either but I appreciate people talking to me more than you can ever imagine. You guys have no idea how happy it makes me when you send me nice messages or messages that let me know that you care or messages that basically prove that you know I exist. It just makes me so fucking happy. Seriously.
Humbert, like you said is a man and Lolita still not being of age (although overtly sexual) isn't it his job to leave the whole situation alone no matter how much he's taunted. I feel like it's excused bc it is a book/film, but in the real world he's considered a pedophile no matter which way you spin it in favor of the actual story. It's almost sick to think people find Lolita acceptable when there are children and teenage girls suffering under the hands of men like Humbert who are 'sick'.
Humbert is not ‘sick’, he is sick. He is considered a pedophile in the book/film just like he would be considered a pedophile in the real world. (What an earth-shattering revelation!) Does that justify his actions? Of course not. The word “pedophilia” refers to the desire, the attraction itself. It does not refer to the act of rape or molestation. The act is called “sexual abuse” or more specifically “child sexual abuse”. Child sexual abuse is a crime. Pedophilia is the disease that happens to motivate a person to commit that crime. Yes, pedophilia is a disease. (There are people who are not pedophiles that also commit child sexual abuse but that’s besides the point.) Humbert does abuse Lolita sexually. He does commit a crime. But that’s not even the fucking point. The author’s intention was NOT to glorify the act, but write something that would stand out beautiful. It is not hard to see how much work Nabokov did on each paragraph, each sentence. When I was reading the novel it was not the story or even characters that affected my emotions but sheer beauty of each sentence. Nabokov does not see literature as a means for morality, but some sort of art, independent from moral and social restrains. This is why he has provocatively chosen a pedophile as his main character. Lolita isn’t a great book because of pedophilic content, it is a great book because of how deep it delves into HH’s psyche and how Nabokov can engross the readers in that dark place and make them forget just quite how dark and wrong it truly is. We don’t love Lolita because we find HH’s actions “acceptable” or “justifiable” or because we think it is “a love story” or because we are fucking sickos who approve of adults having sexual relationships with children. We love Lolita because it is a brilliant piece if literature. What about this is so hard to understand?
Britney Jean is a grower. When you consider that most of Britney’s songs are insanely catchy pop masterpieces that are hard to ignore, an album filled with songs that aren’t quite as instantly catchy, you can appreciate how much of a risk she took here. The album is, also, in my opinion, very personal not necessarily because of the lyrics but because of how each song is sung. There’s something about it that leaves you feeling at peace, calm, hopeful and appreciative. There’s a beautiful sense of sadness too, but a hopeful, reflective one. It leaves you feeling what I imagine Britney is feeling. There’s moments of sweetness, vulnerability, yearning, wistfulness, joy and excitement. The songs are what you take from them; I think they are brilliant because they are unmistakably, unapologetically and undeniably Britney. Every song was co-written by Britney herself, she invested a lot of effort and emotion into every track and even hand-selected which tracks she wanted on the album. It is not her best album, but it is one of her best. It’s sad to see so many reviewers (some who claim to be Britney fans) dismiss this album just because they didn’t receive what THEY wanted.
"Perfume" is a breath of fresh air. While Britney may never release a ballad quite as devastating and raw as "Everytime" again, this is certainly one of the best, most mature ballads she’s done since. I like the music video too, it has a definite feeling of melancholy to it and she looked very pretty.
It was well worth the long wait. It’s just as crazy and beautiful as anything Lana attaches her name to. I love how it explores ideas of innocence and purity against a backdrop of overbearing iconography, pop culture worship and sexual deviation. It’s a little OTT but in the most effusive and brilliant way. It is honestly one of the most beautiful filmed things I have ever seen. I had high expectations for it, and it totally surpassed them. A masterpiece, a perfect ending to such an incredible era. Words can’t express how much I adore Lana Del Rey and basically everything she does. She is easily one of the most intriguing women in music these days. She has taken the time to artistically craft such an eager lane for herself. Oh and, I’m ready for ‘ULTRAVIOLENCE’! ♡
P.S.: I tried to make GIFs of the scenes that had the Marilyn Monroe look-alike in them but they were basically impossible to color :(
Hi! I love your writting specially How to die alone is was really beautiful. I also wanted to ask you what was your first reaction after you finish the book (Lolita) and if you consider yourself a nymphet :)
Thank you! :)
In short, I couldn’t help but think it was one of the greatest books I had ever read. Of course, I had heard endless recommendations but somehow I thought I would not be susceptible to whatever magic the book seemed to cast on so many. Instead I was totally bedazzled — by the language, the story, the humor, the manipulative skill of the narrator, but mostly the writing which was devastatingly good. It is impossible to believe that English wasn’t Nabokov’s first language. The ending made me teary-eyed. It’s a book that has stayed with me for a very long time and has given me a great deal to think about.
And do I consider myself a nymphet? Well, I don’t really know if I consider myself a nymphet but H.H. definitely wouldn’t. :P I mean when he meets a streetwalker who claims to be 18, he considers her no longer a nymphet although her body is still childlike so…
Who are your favourite old hollywood actors and actresses and what are your top five old movies? :)
My favorite old Hollywood actors and actresses are: Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Rita Hayworth, Faye Dunaway, Vivien Leigh, Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly, Tony Curtis and Clark Gable.
And my top five old movies (in no particular order):
The Seven Year Itch (1955) Good cast, a very funny script and the film on the whole is a winner. There were several laugh out loud moments for me and considering my young age and the fact that it is a film from the 50s, I would say that’s pretty impressive. For me, though, the reason this film is great has to be Marilyn Monroe. She is sheer delight.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) This movie pretty much has it all: acting, cinematography, score, you name it. I think a case can be made that Brando’s performance here is one of the most significant in movie history. I’ve seen a lot of pre-50s movies and can think of no performance that comes close to the intensity and realism that Brando brings to his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski. Even though he behaves like an inconsiderate brute, he has a vulnerability and sexual presence that makes you understand why Stella is attracted to him.
Some Like It Hot (1959) This movie is a gem from start to finish. It is very cleverly written and impeccably acted. There are parallels in the film to actual events and attitudes that existed in the 1920s, giving the film a historical insight as an extra virtue.
Psycho (1960) Undoubtedly, it is the greatest horror film ever made, bar-none. The story is incredible. The acting is near perfection. The cinematography is godly. The soundtrack is perfect. It’s hard to find anything wrong with it.
Gone with the Wind (1939) That this film was made in the 1930’s is almost incomprehensible to me. The challenges that had to be overcome in order to bring it to life must have been monumental. But come to life it did, and still does. A triumph of film-making ingenuity and genius, that will live on for many generations to come.
Have you seen the Virgin Suicides? If so, what did you think?
Yes, I have seen it.
I think it is one of the most successful film adaptions of a book ever. The film is very faithful to the book in terms of the dialogue, structure and strange point of view. Every tiny, seemingly trivial details are adapted faithfully; Coppola must have realized that in a film such as this, it is the smallest details which make up the most important part of the story. I especially love how the film is rife with dreamy, soft focus shots of doodles in notebooks, floral nighties, Heart albums, bike baskets and high-waisted jeans. Coppola understands that the flip side of adolescence angst is a glacial haze somewhere between innocence and sin. Flattening out the color and mixing faded greys and pinks with washed out browns, she weaves a sumptuous tapestry. The film manages to be both bold and beautiful. Taking simplistic framing and tone it gently works the fate of these five sisters into a female orientated fable of pristine beauty. Definitely one of my favorite movies and deservingly so.
Can you post a gif set of Lolita the 97 version of her when she first gets in the car with Humbert and says "well I haven't missed you. Actually I've been unfaithful to you but it doesn't matter because you don't care about me anymore. You haven't kissed me yet" his parts too! Oh please! And them kissing too if you can!
I’ve actually posted a gifset of that scene a long time ago but without the kissing part. Here’s the link. :)
How did you become interested in Lana Del Rey and what is your favourite song of hers? :)
I first discovered Lana Del Rey like the rest of the world, from the internet. When I discover new music that I love, I tend to obsess. I listen to the same songs over and over again until I get sick of them. New music that makes me feel this way is quite rare so when I first heard “Born to Die” I was swept away. Now I can’t go a day without listening to her songs. Part of what makes her an unique artist is her trippy pop ballad vibe that tends to leave you in a dreamy, sort of melodramatic trance. Her ambient sound takes your body into a reverie, her voice pulling all of your positive energy to the surface until you feel as if it’s radiating out of your pores. Listening to Lana can be almost a metaphysical experience if you let it, especially if in addition to the melodic aspects of her music, you can appreciate and relate to the lyrics themselves.
My favorite song of hers? Oh god don’t do this to me. It’s basically impossible for me to pick just one because I truly love every single one of her songs. But I’ve been listening a lot to “Off to the Races” lately, I guess I just love the blatant Nabokov reference in the chorus.
Do you know any other blogs besides yours that have really good Lolita gifs?
Well, if by “good” Lolita GIFs you mean high quality Lolita GIFs then I’m pretty sure that there are no blogs that post such GIFs. That’s because the movie itself (I’m talking about the 1997 version, by the way) is not available in high quality therefore it is nearly impossible to make high quality GIFs out of it. Sure, you can play around with it on Photoshop using Topaz Clean and such until you get a pleasant result (like I do) but mostly, the GIFs end up having an average quality because like I said, the movie itself has a shitty quality and is basically hard to gif. I haven’t found yet a blog that posts original Lolita GIFs, in fact all I see are the same GIFs posted and reposted way too many times by different people and they aren’t even that good. Check the lolita 1997 tag and you’ll know what I’m talking about. However I do follow some blogs that are all about Lolita or are somewhat related to it such as: all-about-lolita, daisyfreshlo, cinderellasdrunk, dollydelta, littleloandbehold, mal-adolescenza, pinknymphs, lolita-scarlet-starlet, lovelynymphet, mylolitacomplex, nymphetlips, nymphet-bambi, littleadorabelle. Now, keep in mind that these blogs don’t usually post original stuff, they mostly reblog and not necessarily Lolita GIFs… mostly pictures, screen captures of the Lolita movie(s) or other movies similar to Lolita etc.
If there are any particular scenes in the movie that you’d like to be turned into GIFs though, let me know and I’ll do my best. I’m in love with the novel and both movie adaptations. :)
Humbert is a sad, sick, delusional man and Lolita an immature, self-centered teen, very much aware of her own attractiveness to older man, and using it to maintain her comfort level and her own survival. Certainly selfish, but not consciously evil in and of herself.