Lolita’s Cover Reimagined
Lolita, at its core, is about the sexual abuse of a child. That’s why, for me, it was such a difficult book to read.
Complicating matters is the novel’s cover, which usually has some type of suggestive image of a young girl. Not exactly material you want to carry around in public.
And the covers also seemed to miss the mark on the book’s theme–which was more about a creepy old pervert than a suggestive young girl. Many recent covers of the novels seemed to take their inspiration more from Stanley Kubrick’s outlandish film, rather than Nabokov’s book.
So recently, I stumbled across this as-yet-unreleased book called Recovering Lolita, which gave 60 world-class designers the opportunity to redesign the cover of this classic novel. And let’s be honest: This book’s cover desperately needs new eyes and a fresh look.
The covers these designers came up with are fascinating–much more subtle and appropriate to the novel than the actual covers. Some incredible creativity here, I think, though I’m just a writer and not a designer by any means.
I thought I’d share some of these covers with you below. You can go to Imprint Magazine to read their interview with the creator of the competition, John Bertram, as well as take a look at some of the other cover designs.
This one gets the point across, but it’s a touch…cheesy maybe? I also think detective novel when I see the shadow of the guy in hat, presumably Humbert Humbert.
This one hits one of the main themes of the novel, including Humbert’s pronunciation of his nickname for Delores in the novel’s opening line. Less creepy.
I actually like this one best. I think it represents Humbert’s psychotic obsession with the girl through the journal-like off-centered scribblings of her name on paper.
Uncomfortable cover, if you know the theme of the book, but not overtly sexual. I think this one says a lot without saying much.
Again, you can go over to Imprint to see even more redesigned covers.
Do you think these covers represent the novel any better than the actual published versions?
(Images: Imprint Mag)