What would Vladimir Nabokov's Professor Humbert Humbert from Lolita land make of our world today? A world where Primark sells padded bikinis to 7-year-olds and Tesco presents pole-dancing kits as playthings for budding nymphets who at night can lounge on their Woolworth's Lolita beds while mixing drinks with their Barbie cocktail set. It's a paedophile's paradise ripe for the plucking! There's even an excuse for this underage sexual preening - marketing experts call it KGOY (Kids Getting Older Younger).
Really, what would Humbert say? Would he like it or would he be turned off by little girls looking like women as much as he is perversely turned on by pre-pubescent "nymphets".
Of course we all know what Lolita herself would say. She would say, "I was a daisy fresh girl and look what you've done to me." Even if she doesn't use Nabokov's precise words, this is what she keeps saying. We just don't listen. We think she likes being Lolita in Lolita land when she was just meant to be a little girl.