Hebephilia is the strong, persistent sexual interest by adults in pubescent (early adolescent) children which is typically ages 11–14.
It differs from pedophilia (the primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children), and from ephebophilia (the primary sexual interest in later adolescents, typically ages 15–19).
While individuals with a sexual preference for adults may have some sexual interest in pubescent-aged individuals, researchers and clinical diagnoses have proposed that hebephilia is characterized by a sexual preference for pubescent rather than adult partners.
Why am I quoting Wikipedia on the subject?
A couple of days ago I published a paragraph from Nabokov’s Lolita, expressing hope that the book reads as well as this early piece.
Several pages into the story and put the book down in favor of Pablo Coehlo’s The Alchemist.
For the several pages I read, Nabokov’s writing indeed stayed at a high level.
But the content put the reader inside the head of a hebephiliac.
And I’ll bet you a slice of cheesecake that this novel is among the very best examples of the genre.
But I prefer that the book I’m reading to call to me; to fight for a space in my day.
Frankly, because the subject matter made me feel uncomfortable, I found myself averse to reading.
Well-written, the book, but lacking in either the sympathy or empathy I like to feel for the subject of the novel.
I want a hero or heroine I can empathize with.
Humbert Humbert is not my cup of tea.