The Chandelier Crashes on ‘The Phantom of The Opera’

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“First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. 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 disaster.

Leroux’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.”

Characters

Christine was a sweet character. She was a little naïve but she was also selfless and caring. There were times where I wished she was in the book more, which is a little weird considering she was one of the main characters. 

Raul reminded me of a love-sick puppy, which isn’t a bad thing but he seemed to REALLY love Christine and would anything to make sure she was happy and safe. Besides being in love with Christine I didn’t really get to see much of his personality.

Eric was dark. Eric was an interesting character. He was a manipulative genius, with an obsession towards his protégé, Christine. He lived such a tragic life and his past clearly is one of the reasons for his mad personality.

Plot

The book follows Raul, the managers, and the Persian. One thing that was a little confusing was that the book was told in the third person but towards the end, the book began to be told in the first person through the Persian’s point of view. I found that to be a little strange. I wished that Christine would have been more involved because I really enjoyed following her throughout the book.

Romance

This book had a love triangle between Christine, Raul, and Eric. Christine and Raul were childhood friends and Raul has always loved her. They jump into their relationship a little quickly, with Raul telling her he loves her. Eric just loves Christine, which leads to all the drama that comes later in the book.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. The plot was a little confusing but I definitely enjoyed this book more towards the end. WARNING: This book gets dark and heavy towards the end, it got to the point where I was bawling my eyes. I enjoyed reading about Eric even though he was really scary. I was obsessed with the movie as a kid, so even though this book was not what I expected it to be like I still enjoyed reading it. This hurts my heart to do this but this book is the first to be kicked off the list. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post,  you’ve just been reviewed. 

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