I honestly haven’t gotten to it and haven’t been given a reason to. I have no clue what it’s about.
A pedophile marries a woman because he wants to start abusing her daughter. After the woman dies, he kidnaps the girl and travels around the country raping her. He talks about it all in a way to convince you that he loved her, and she was tempting and torturing him the entire time. The author has stated multiple times that was the point of the story - the narrator is trying to seduce and manipulate the reader into believing this is a romance. And unless you aren’t paying attention, all of the subtext points to how unreliable the narrator is and what’s actually going on with the victim.
Which is why it’s particularly disturbing that people can read that story and not immediately understand what’s actually going on. They’re so eager to take everything the narrator says at face value, and never consider the subtext or tone. Or even that if this was written as an erotic romance, it would still have been a story about a pedophile abducting and raping a little girl for years.
I don’t know, I have a lot of things to say about Lolita and 99% of them involve me yelling and gesticulating violently.
tl;dr Lolita should be viewed like an episode of Law and Order: SVU but people insist on seeing it as a vintage romantic tragedy.