- Alternate Character Interpretation: Humbert Humbert and a lot of the other characters get a lot of these, especially in the derivative works.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: Part 1, chapter 8; how Humbert's marriage with Valeria ends.
- Misaimed Fandom: Vladimir Nabokov hoped his readers were smart enough to see through all of Humbert's attempts at gaining sympathy, and realize what a sick and twisted man he is. Not all of them were.
- Some people actually sympathize with Humbert. As quoted by another writer, Lolita is "not the corruption of an innocent child by a cunning adult, but the exploitation of a weak adult by a corrupt child".
- Some people denounce the book because they think it's an attempt to portray pedophilia in a positive light (when in reality, Nabokov was trying to show the opposite). Seeing as Humbert is an Unreliable Narrator who often tries to gain the reader's sympathy and justify his actions, it's not too surprising that people misunderstand.
- Then there's the third group of people who think the book is a beautiful if tragic love story. Misaimed Fandom, indeed.
- Nightmare Fuel/Paranoia Fuel: Are you a parent of a teen/tween? If you are, you will have nightmares about them being abused.
- The Woobie: Lolita.
- Charlotte Haze arguably qualifies as well.