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Well, that was melodramatic.Because I quit a book last week, I forced myself to finish this one I can finish anything on audio, thought I I am not a quitter, thought I But after struggling to focus on this and backtracking 2 hours because I realized I had been daydreaming the entire time, I have come to the realization that the DNF review is not so bad a thing.This read was torture Pure torture I finished it but did not have a good timeYou don t love me But you will Sorry Erik but no No I won t Feel free to keep tryingYou must know that I am made of death, from head to foot, and it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you Hmmm, slightly tempting But no And here s why This story has the lovely gothic trappings that one would expect an opera ghost who hides in the shadows, a helpless damsel and loads of secret passageways and hidden rooms where ominous things happen ButIt was boring.There, I said it It s rather a dry read, goes off on tedious tangents about missing money for hours felt like hours anyway and the narration was a wee bit on the stuffy side, making it easy for me to doze off It also features a love triangle between Christine the beauty, Erik the mentally unstable phantom and Raoul a weepy, boy man who dissolved into a fit of tears whenever he thought Christine might not share in his insta love Note to Raoul toughen up, man Your tears are a perfectly good waste of suffering thank you Clive Barker and they are not attractive Poor Christine She would ve been better off getting a dog than marrying either of these two.This did not go down well for me It was a struggle from beginning to end I was very much expecting to become immersed in the world but instead I couldn t wait to flee from itI am dying of love Erik Before we start off, let me clarify something because I can t be bothered to create a the Broadway stage adaptation is better shelf, my the movie is better shelf will have to suffice here The Phantom of the Opera, the show, is a giant, absurd, bombastic display of every bad misconception of theater, and is the main reason Andrew Lloyd Weber is able to fall asleep on a bed made of money every night It s not my favorite show, is what I m saying in fact, I don t even really like the show, come to think of it which begs the question of why I read this book in the first place, but whatever So, with all that in mind, Madeline Reviews Inc now presents Why The Phantom of the Opera the Book Is, Somehow, Worse Than The Stage Show And Every Movie Version Released So Far Everyone in the book is a moron Like, eventhan they are in the show I got about halfway through the book when I realized, Wait a minute, was I supposed to be surprised by the revelation that the Phantom and Christine s tutor are the same guy Haven t we known that from, like, page twenty Even if I hadn t seen any other versions, I feel sure I would have figured it out come on, the story is about people trying to learn the identity of a mysterious, invisible guy and the title of the book is The Phantom of the Opera Were Gaston Leroux s readers really that stupid Annoying characters from the show are evenannoying here Christine is still a useless twit, and in this version comes upgraded with zero observation skills and a seriously misguided sense of priorities When she admits to Raoul after like two months of bullshit that the Phantom scares the hell out of her and she wants to escape him, Raoul makes the very sensible point that maybe she should stop wearing the ring the Phantom gave her Christine s response That would be deceitful GAAAAAAHHHHH Raoul is even worse In the show, he s simply a well meaning schmuck who fails spectacularly at saving Christine every opportunity he gets In the book, he s a selfish dick This is a paraphrased account of an interaction between him and Christine Raoul Christine, I know there s something super weird going on with this guy you re running off to see, and I want you to tell me what s up because I love you and want to protect you Christine It s too dangerous, I can t tell you Raoul OMG YOU RE IN LOVE WITH HIM AREN T YOU WELL FINE, I DON T CARE I HOPE YOU DIE, YOU LYING WHORE We never get to see anything from Christine s perspective This is important, because in the book she spends at least two months as the Phantom s prisoner, and all we get is her description, later, of what it was like Instead of seeing the Phantom through Christine s eyes, where he might have been acompelling character, we just get to watch Raoul follow her around like a creeper and then listen to Christine give lengthy expositional speeches after events happen The Phantom isn t actually that cool He s always bursting into tears and begging Christine to love him, and the rest of the time he s so incredibly misguided about his relationship with Christine that it s almost funny He comes off sounding like one of those perverts on cop shows who insists that he and the ten year old locked in his basement actually have a very special and loving relationship, while the cops are just looking at him like, that s nice, man, but your ass is still going to jail There are waycharacters than we need, and a lot of them are different read worse than they are in the show Madame Giry, last seen as a cool, commanding ballet mistress, is merely a crazy old woman who works for the Phantom because he deceived her with the most idiotic lie ever The book also features The Persian, a guy who literally hangs around the Opera and shows up whenever it s thematically necessary He might as well have been named Deus Ex Machina Leroux s pacing sucks Any drama is instantly ruined by his digressions or abrupt scene changing, and all momentum is lost When the Phantom kidnaps Christine after her final performance, the story is going along well, everyone s freaking out and trying to find her, and then Leroux pops up Hey he says, You guys remember how on page 20 I told you that the new managers have to pay the Phantom 20,000 francs once a month I bet you guys are wondering how that s going, huh Let s check in with them quick And before you can say, no, Gaston, I actually wasn t wondering that at all, he makes you slog through two goddamn chapters about the new managers trying to figure out how the Phantom collects their money Similarly, once Raoul and the Persian have gone after the Phantom and are almost at his lair a journey that takes way, way too long they get locked in his torture chamber which involves torture so stupid I won t even describe it and the plot comes to a damn standstill as Raoul and the Persian spends hours trapped there It made me actually long for the show, where everything skips along at a fast clip and the worst digressions are five minute love songs The ending is stupid Christine gets the Phantom to release her and Raoul after a lengthy imprisonment that, again, we only get to hear about rather than see , not by having a sexy quick makeout session with him, but by crying with him That s it The Phantom kisses her on the forehead , bursts into tears, and Christine cries with him This somehow convinces the Phantom that she loves Raoul and that he should let them go, and that s how the Phantom is defeated I am in no way joking In the interest of fairness, the book has two good things going for it One, Leroux s portrayal of the opera house as a sprawling, complex maze that s a contained city is pretty incredible, and he s at his best when he s describing all the intricacies and hidden secrets of the opera house And two, at least in the book, we are never subjected to a performance of Don Juan Triumphant. Thank you, Jesus. First Published In French As A Serial In , The Phantom Of The Opera Is A Riveting Story That Revolves Around The Young, Swedish Christine Daa Her Father, A Famous Musician, Dies, And She Is Raised In The Paris Opera House With His Dying Promise Of A Protective Angel Of Music To Guide Her After A Time At The Opera House, She Begins Hearing A Voice, Who Eventually Teaches Her How To Sing Beautifully All Goes Well Until Christine S Childhood Friend Raoul Comes To Visit His Parents, Who Are Patrons Of The Opera, And He Sees Christine When She Begins Successfully Singing On The Stage The Voice, Who Is The Deformed, Murderous Ghost Of The Opera House Named Erik, However, Grows Violent In His Terrible Jealousy, Until Christine Suddenly Disappears The Phantom Is In Love, But It Can Only Spell DisasterLeroux S Work, With Characters Ranging From The Spoiled Prima Donna Carlotta To The Mysterious Persian From Erik S Past, Has Been Immortalized By Memorable Adaptations Despite This, It Remains A Remarkable Piece Of Gothic Horror Literature In And Of Itself, Deeper And Darker Than Any Version That Follows Le Fant me de l Op ra The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston LerouxThe Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux It was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois from 23 September 1909, to 8 January 1910 It was published in volume form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte In Paris in the 1880s, the Palais Garnier opera house is believed to be haunted by an entity known as the Phantom of the Opera, or simply the Opera Ghost A stagehand named Joseph Buquet is found hanged and the rope around his neck goes missing At a gala performance for the retirement of the opera house s two managers, a young little known Swedish soprano, Christine Daa , is called upon to sing in the place of the Opera s leading soprano, Carlotta, who is ill, and her performance is an astonishing success The Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, who was present at the performance, recognizes her as his childhood playmate and recalls his love for her He attempts to visit her backstage, where he hears a man complimenting her from inside her dressing room He investigates the room once Christine leaves, only to find it empty At Perros Guirec, Christine meets with Raoul, who confronts her about the voice he heard in her room Christine tells him she has been tutored by the Angel of Music, whom her father used to tell them about When Raoul suggests that she might be the victim of a prank, she storms off Christine visits her father s grave one night, where a mysterious figure appears and plays the violin for her Raoul attempts to confront it but is attacked and knocked out in the process Back at the Palais Garnier, the new managers receive a letter from the Phantom demanding that they allow Christine to perform the lead role of Marguerite in Faust, and that box 5 be left empty for his use, lest they perform in a house with a curse on it The managers ignore his demands as a prank, resulting in disastrous consequences Carlotta ends up croaking like a toad, and the chandelier suddenly drops into the audience, killing a spectator The Phantom, having abducted Christine from her dressing room, reveals himself as a deformed man called Erik Erik intends to keep her in his lair with him for a few days, but she causes him to change his plans when she unmasks him and, to the horror of both, beholds his noseless, lipless, sunken eyed face, which resembles a skull dried up by the centuries, covered in yellowed dead flesh Fearing that she will leave him, he decides to keep her with him forever, but when Christine requests release after two weeks, he agrees on the condition that she wear his ring and be faithful to him On the roof of the opera house, Christine tells Raoul about her abduction and makes Raoul promise to take her away to a place where Erik can never find her, even if she resists Raoul tells Christine he will act on his promise the next day, to which she agrees However, Christine sympathizes with Erik and decides to sing for him one last time as a means of saying goodbye Unbeknownst to Christine and Raoul, Erik has been watching them and overheard their whole conversation The following night, the enraged and jealous Erik abducts Christine during a production of Faust and tries to force her to marry him Raoul is led by a mysterious opera regular known as The Persian into Erik s secret lair deep in the bowels of the opera house, but they end up trapped in a mirrored room by Erik, who threatens that unless Christine agrees to marry him, he will kill them and everyone in the Opera House by using explosives Christine agrees to marry Erik Erik initially tries to drown Raoul and the Persian, using the water which would have been used to douse the explosives, but Christine begs and offers to be his living bride , promising him not to kill herself after becoming his bride, as she had both contemplated and attempted earlier in the book Erik eventually releases Raoul and the Persian from his torture chamber.When Erik is alone with Christine, he lifts his mask to kiss her on her forehead and is given a kiss back Erik reveals that he has never received a kiss, not even from his own mother, nor has been allowed to give one and is overcome with emotion He and Christine then cry together and their tears mingle Erik later says that he has never felt so close to another human being He allows the Persian and Raoul to escape, though not before making Christine promise that she will visit him on his death day, and return the gold ring he gave her He also makes the Persian promise that afterward he will go to the newspaper and report his death, as he will die soon and will die of love Indeed, sometime later Christine returns to Erik s lair, buries him somewhere he will never be found by Erik s request and returns the gold ring Afterward, a local newspaper runs the simple note Erik is dead Christine and Raoul who finds out that Erik has killed his older brother elope together, never to return Passages narrated directly by the Persian and the final chapter piece together Erik s life the son of a construction business owner deformed from birth, he ran away from his native Normandy to work in fairs and in caravans, schooling himself in the arts of the circus across Europe and Asia, and eventually building trick palaces in Persia and Turkey Eventually, he returned to France and, wearing a mask, started his own construction business After being subcontracted to work on the foundations of the Palais Garnier, Erik had discreetly built himself a lair to disappear in, complete with hidden passages and other tricks that allowed him to spy on the managers 1343 368 1394 491 9786001215285 20 1381 443 9647033389 1382 1385 Sorelli, a principal dancer in the beautiful, new, and fabulous Paris Opera House circa 1880 is angry, her dressing room has been invaded, by half a dozen hysterical young ladies, ballet dancers The frightened performers have seen the legendary Phantom Ghost , claiming to have noticed a very ugly man, but well dressed in the passageway The superstitious but brave woman, opens the door quiet slowly and takes a careful peek The shadowy in gaslight, reddish walls give a strange ambiance, but there is nothing around, the door is quickly shut The new managers don t take seriously the old ones, MM Debienne and Poligny, warnings of the Phantom, receiving them as a joke to amuse Armand Moncharmin, and Firmin Richard, such distinguished gentlemen, playing silly childish games The duo will be sorry they did not take their advise Christine Daae, a young Swedish singer, gives an awe inspiring performance when La Carlotta, the spoiled prima donna, lead soprano singer, at the Opera House, through illness, missed her engagement And the man in box five, falls madly in love with Christine, he is the Phantom call him Erik and can help her achieve stardom, maybe not with a gentle touch Many sightings of this phantom, but he is never caught after all, how can you stop a ghost Trapped doors, secret passageways, magic mirrors, voices inside walls from empty rooms, a lake under the opera house the intelligent Phantom, knows everything about the gigantic building A stagehand is found hanging , lifeless below in the cellars, he had seen a flaming head no body though, flying by people , thought he was drunk a heavy chandelier crushes a woman in the audience during a performance, and at the farewell dinner for the old managers, this man with a death mask sits down at the table No one talks to the weird, would you unnerving stranger, he tells the gentlemen that Joseph Bouqet, the dead man didn t commit suicide And vanishes as fast as he had arrived Raoul Vicomte de Chagny, 20, a person who knew Christine, when both were children loves her too, not surprisingly the jealous Phantom, is not happy indeed Neither is Phillippe , the Comte de Chagny, and snobbish older brother of Raoul, isn t pleased at all either Erik kidnaps Christine, descends deep down, under the dungeon like cellars, the monster has a house on the eerie lake He plays on a organ, his opera that he is writing for Christine, a beautiful voice comes out of his grotesque head Christine is curious, when the fiend is playing with his back to her, she lifts the death mask a hideous, unbelievable repellent, repugnant, revolting face, she faints away Meanwhile the frantic Raoul , meets the Persian, a person everyone knows but nobody can say who he is But immediately, Raoul trust him, trust him he must, he knows where Christine is The Persian gives him a revolver, takes another and they walk down, into the vast, darkness of the opera house basement, to rescue Christine, first seeing a shadow moving near them, but the Phantom it is not Then a flying face all a blazed, thundering noises rising coming closer and closer, they reach the wall and can t go any further , the strange face approaches, the sound deafening thousands of rats, from the blackness, the pair, await their doom A good old fashioned tale for people that don t take it seriously and like the atmosphere of an amusing adventure too enjoyable to be real. And, despite the care which she took to look behind her at every moment, she failed to see a shadow which followed her like her own shadow, which stopped when she stopped, which started again when she did and which made nonoise than a well conducted shadow should Gaston Leroux who popularized an entire sub genre of detective fiction called locked room mystery through his works like The Mystery of the Yellow Room and his fictional amateur sleuth, Joseph Rouletabille is most renowned for his suspense romance drama novel The Phantom of the Opera easily one among the most adapted novels in literary history Originally published as a series in French daily newspaper Le Gaulois between 1909 and 1910, this terrific tale of suspense and maniacal passion was published as a novel in 1910 This romantic drama with a dark angle narrates the love triangle between the key characters of Christine, an opera singer Erik, a man with a horrible facial deformity and who is living unknown to others in the Opera house, introduces himself just as a voice to her initially and trains her in fine tuning her singing and Raoul, her childhood friend who is in love with her The passion and possessiveness arising from the love and a string of violent and terrifying events that happen in an Opera house in which the legend of an Opera Ghost is thriving drives this story forward Erik, who had been never loved even by his mother due to his physical deformitiesfinds love in Christine and this lonely man becomes so mad and jealous with his obsessive love for Christine that through his character Leroux portrays the infinite capacity of human mind in generating evil and his tale is an inspection at the depths of darkness that a soul can possess This is a Gothic tale of mad passions and the setting of the underground rooms of the Opera house matches the chilling atmosphere that the tale exudes I will not go much into the story line in this review, as it will spoil the experience of reading this book but I can assure the prospective reader one thing, the anti hero characterization of Erik is one of among the best the terror, the evil, the fear and the malice that he generates all is brilliantly balanced with the pity and sadness that the reader feel towards him further into the book The illustratorIt was a decade and half ago that I read The Phantom of Opera for the first time, but recently I came across a 1911 first US edition copy of this title published by Bobbs Merrill When the book was originally published in 1910 titled Le Fant me de l Op ra in French, it was accompanied by five oil paintings by French illustrator and artist Andr Castaigne The US edition of 1911 had three of these original five oil paintings reproduced on art paper plates and these paintings capture the eerie atmosphere of the story brilliantly The French artist and engraver Jean Andr Castaigne, who was the original illustrator for the first edition of The Phantom of the Opera This is an anonymous Portrait of Castaigne from The Charcoal Club in Balti, USA, 1893 Andr Castaigne was a master illustrator and painter who drew humans, animals, architecture and landscapes with equal flair and illustrated extensively for both French and American publications One of the oil paintings that Castaigne did for the original 1910 first edition, depicting the below scene from novel He said to you, Christine, you must love meAt these words, a deathly pallor spread over Christine s face, dark rings formed round her eyes, she staggered and seemed on the point of swooning Raoul darted forward, with arms outstretched, but Christine had overcome her passing faintness and said, in a low voice Go on Go on Tell me all you heardAt an utter loss to understand, Raoul answered I heard him reply, when you said you had given him your soul, Your soul is a beautiful thing, child, and I thank you No emperor ever received so fair a gift The angels wept tonightThe Phantom of Opera A clever blend of fact and fiction Gaston Leroux in a clever manner infused real locations and actual events from history to make his novelcredible andmysterious, and fact and fiction overlaps in this novel to form an atmosphere of misty unknown Let s inspect a few such elements that Leroux took from actuality to fuel his imagination.Gaston Leroux used the Palais Garnier opera house as the setting for his novel and some of the rumors and architectural elements associated with this real life monument allowed Leroux to infuse a sense of authority or reality to his fictional work Uncovered facade of the Palais Garnier on 15 August 1867 The house broke into a wild tumult The two managers collapsed in their chairs and dared not even turn round they had not the strength the ghost was chuckling behind their backs And, at last, they distinctly heard his voice in their right ears, the impossible voice, the mouthless voice, saying SHE IS SINGING TO NIGHT TO BRING THE CHANDELIER DOWNWith one accord, they raised their eyes to the ceiling and uttered a terrible cry The chandelier, the immense mass of the chandelier was slipping down, coming toward them, at the call of that fiendish voice Released from its hook, it plunged from the ceiling and came smashing into the middle of the stalls, amid a thousand shouts of terror A wild rush for the doors followed The papers of the day state that there were numbers wounded and one killedAn Engraving of the main auditorium chandelier of the Paris Opera s Palais Garnier The design was by Charles Garnier and the engraving is believed to be by J B nard and C LapiauteOn 20 May 1896, one of the counterweights that keep this 7 ton bronze and crystal chandelier stable broke free and burst through the ceiling into the auditorium, killing a member of the audience Gaston Leroux was inspired by this tragic accident to create one of the most famous scenes in the novel.The concept of the subterranean lake under the Opera House is also based on some truth as when the site was excavated in 1862, the groundwater level was found unexpectedly high and despite some heavy duty attempts in draining this water from the swampy work site, the site was not dried up completely and a special double foundation had to be designed to take care of this groundwater seepage The subterranean water body underneath Palais Garnier, taken from Google Street view You can Inspect this in detail here enormous concrete cistern, which was built to take control of this situation, formed a reservoir of water and Gaston Leroux was inspired by the rumor, which soon spread around Paris stating that there is an enormous underground lake beneath the Palais Garnier And the large cellars that act as the technical rooms of the building along with its alcoves and arches could have inspired him into creating the plot element that the phantom lived underneath the Opera house.The Numerous AdaptationsChristine You You are the PhantomThe Phantom If I am the Phantom, it is because man s hatred has made me so If I shall be saved, it will be because your love redeems me. There have been a multitude of adaptations for The Phantom of the Opera into both adult and children s literature, dramas, musicals, movies, television shows and comic books and I would wish to inspect two specific adaptations here the 1925 movie adaptation and the famous Andrew Lloyd Webbermusical based on the novel.In 1925, Rupert Julian, the New Zealand cinema actor, director, writer and producer directed a movie adaptation starring Lon Chaney, Sr as Phantom and Mary Philbin as Christine Lon Chaney Sr and Mary Philbin in The Phantom of the Opera , 1925 FilmThis was a faithful adaptation of the book with some plot differences only and was a box office success I chose this adaptation for mention because of the famous unmasking scene the scene in which while Erik is playing the organ, Christine creeps up behind him to snatch his mask offa movie scene, which can be easily stated as one of the most memorable moments in the history of films The famous unmasking the phantom sceneSince the movie is on the public domain you can watch this scene from YouTube it came out in 1925, this scene was the apex of horror and the make up that was used on Lon Chaney was much acclaimed and frightening It is also one of the closest characterizations of Phantom, based on the book From today s standard this scene may not have even the slightest iota of horror in it as we have outgrown fear for such visuals with over exposure but at that time this scene when watched in a dark movie house could have been quiet startling and one of the promotional tricks that the movie used was that the theaters were asked to keep smelling salts ready in case someone from the audience watching the scene actually fainted A publicity photo of Steve Barton and Sarah Brightman in the final scene of The Phantom of the Opera musical.Andrew Lloyd Webber s musical adaptation opened in London s West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988 and is the longest running show in Broadway history with over 10,000 Broadway performances and a worldwide total gross collection of over 5.6 billion The Phantom of the Opera may feel overemotional from a modern perspective, but this is a classic mystery and suspense story from a whole different time period, and if as a reader you can have a bit of patience and can take account of this difference in the time frames, then this work from Leroux can be a satisfying experience Written October 31, 2015 He is extraordinarily thin and his dress coat hangs on a skeleton frame His eyes are so deep that you can hardly see the fixed pupils You just see two big black holes, as in a dead man s skull His skin, which is stretched across his bones like a drumhead, is not white, but a nasty yellow His nose is so little worth talking about that you can t see it side face and the absence of that nose is a horrible thing to look at All the hair he has is three or four long dark locks on his forehead and behind his ears Sounds deliciously creepy, right Well, no doubt the Opera ghost would have scared the hell out of me if I had ever crossed paths with him And he was scary in fact he was downright evil More evil than I recall from attending a live performance of the musical by the same name many, many years ago All the elements of a gothic mystery were there I was intrigued by the corpse like apparition that was said to haunt the Paris Opera House Unfortunately, I wasamused than I was terrified while reading this book I didn t experience the allure of the gothic atmosphere The plot was interesting enough and kept me turning the pages Christine, trained by the Angel of Music, becomes a sensation at the opera house and falls in love with a young man from her past Raoul has been smitten with Christine since he was a child One day, a little boy, who was out with his governess, made her take a longer walk than he intended, for he could not tear himself from the little girl whose pure, sweet voice seemed to bind him to herBut the Opera ghost is infatuated with her as well, and will stop at almost nothing to make her his bride I wasn t sure how I felt about the phantom At times I abhorred him he seemed to have no conscience The next moment I felt pity towards this unloved and lonely outcast of society It s a bit of an adventure in the underbelly of the Opera House and I did enjoy all the literal twists and turns there The melodrama and the unpolished dialogue disappointed me, however The characters felt flat, with the exception of the phantom himself The Persian was a bit intriguing as well Essentially, it s a tragic story with an engaging plot, and it s quite readable Just not the remarkable story I was looking for, but I m getting a bit particular about my gothic mysteriesHe asked only to be someone, like everybody else The Phantom of the Opera is about a mystery at the Opera Garnier in Paris, where a soprano singer, Christine Dae , vanished off the stage one evening Suspicions lead to the Phantom Taking the case, our narrator unveils the truth about the Phantom who haunts the opera house with written memoirs, interviews, and other evidence The narrator finds out that the Phantom was not an apparition, but an eccentric, deformed male named Erik, who lived under the opera house Did he take the young, beautiful soprano and why Honestly, what a dark, creepy tale of an overly obsessed, possessive, childlike, deranged lunatic It was really haunting I wonder why I thought the movie was romantic Why did I want Christine to be with the phantom It must have been the singing, and the mysterious figure played by the handsome swoon Gerard Butler Side note I fell in love with him watching P.S I Love You That accent Back to the review He deceived the poor girl, and wanted love in return When she could not return his love, because of his repulsive nature, he went mad He had a tantrum, and he reacted in violence By taking Christine by force, and threatening her life was his only way to get what he wanted Crazy psychopath I was really creeped out when Erik started yelling at Chrisitine when she removed his mask the first time I pitied that masked man in the movie, why did I not here For the longest time I was yelling at Christine to go Run away with Rauol Do something No, don t go back to him, because you pity him Stop He isn t your father Holy, moly girl do you understand what kind of relationship you are in You are killing me, Christine Rauol can help you Needless to say she did not listen to my voice I guess it wasn t pretty This is really an abusive lesson 101 book The last few chapters I did pity Erik Once his story was told I could understand I do not think I could forgive him, but I understood He wanted to feel compassion, to be loved, which he never felt in his entire life He wanted to be like everyone else, but like many of us, we are outsiders view spoiler Erik finally received his wish, and consciously allowed Christine her freedom to do whatever she wished without terrorizing her any further hide spoiler Excellent, marvelous A phantasmagorical haha PERFECTION This is one true House of Horrors, perhaps the best one ever orchestrated maybe discounting Poe Yes, EVER The prose is so simple, so readable, that the barest of essentials are there, in all their power and glory the haunted house, the victim lover, the victimizer lover, the clandestine meetings, the haunted past, the switch over of protagonists, the uncertainty caused by one elegant overflow of optical illusions, the Victorian conventions all intended to spook the hell out of a reader that s totally in awe of the way a classic story can be so expertly conveyed Both this Dracula are revolutionary in that uberentertaining way in which the plot is given to us through letters and witness accounts Yes, the only way to be frightened is to have the monster in the backdrop, a perpetual threat that s under the velvet curtain It is truly, TRULY I want to scream out my window delicious how nobody from the Paris Opera knows exactly what the phantom looks like, how they all put up their own fears projected unto the myth who, I must admit, is a true turn of the century bad ass a Micheal Myers combined with Hannibal Lecter you must meet this version he s amaniacal and romantic phantom than the musicals I could not ask forin a book, its brevity is bittersweet you wish there weredetails,certainties this effect, of course, is genius its use of freak show conventions are all aligned beautifully This is a masterpiece to be savored UPDATE just caught the show this last Wednesday night 9 7 16 at the Buell No musical is as technically rich as this one which is SO like the Phantom himself It IS the decade of the 80s its very opulent quint essence And this is the decade of my birth The Phantom s greatest tragedy in life is the fact that he came so close to gaining the heart of the girl he loved, a sense of acceptance he has wanted for an entire lifetime, but because of his scarred and damaged soul he did nothing but terrify her ultimately, shattering the initial allure and glamour she felt in his presence In the vein of Frankenstein and Heathcliff, Erik s shattered visage, his ruined face, permeates his soul Society, humanity, perceives his appearance as evil and twisted thus, he takes on these traits in a cruel mockery of what is expected of him he becomes the very thing he is branded as And it becomes his most powerful weapon and it also becomes his downfall He is beyond bitter He is beyond twisted His heart oozes with venom for a world that has always shunned him and left him an outcast in the darkness The Phantom of the Opera is a tragedy in every sense of the word All the Phantom ever wanted was love and when he finally finds it, it practically destroys him It pushes him out of the shadows and makes him bold it makes him yearn for what he thought impossible And he acts He sees his chance, the very essence of what has brought his voice and his soul back to life is before him, and he seizes it albeit too forcefully He becomes vicious, demanding and overwhelming The loneliness of his soul dominates his faculties He loses the cold, practical, cunning that has kept him alive for so long and follows the unthinking possessive whims of his heartAnd yet I am not really wicked Love me and you shall see All I wanted was to be loved for myself If you loved me, I should be as gentle as a lamb and you could do anything with me that you pleased Such words are uttered with the utmost truth and geniality Erik comes forth into the light In this moment he casts aside the guise of The Phantom and reveals his vulnerability and his ability to rejuvenate to Christine He puts his heart out there, but like everything is his life love is illusory In his misguided state he drastically misunderstands the situation and his erratic behaviour destroys any chance he ever could have had His love has power, but he fails to understand that not everybody is as painfully desperate as he Leroux clearly loved opera houses and his phantom is beautifully dark concept His descriptions of the theatre are vivid and verging on the enchanting His prose is smooth and faultless, though his pacing is poor and the plot is weighed down with many non essential characters that over complicate the situation I love the story here, though the execution falls short of the faultlessness you would expect when you consider the sheer strength that surrounds the central plot and characters For me, the Phantom will always be better on the stage The true pain of Erik s soul pours out of the music and wrenches the hearts of the audience The final scenes, the reality of the ending, place the story on the fringes of the modernist movement and show that romance is not always storybook despite how our hearts may yearn otherwise.