better known as the Phantom of the Opera.
who's name is apparently...Erik.
an epic name, really.
after seeing the movie (about a thousand times).
listening to the c.d. (even more).
going to see it on stage (is there any experience more thrilling?!).
and even watching the silent movie version (quite frightening, really).
I found now would be as good a time as any to read the novel.
are there words to describe the intensity?
I do believe POTO is a classic.
some upsetting facts however:
- erik is a violent, creepy, stalkerish, murdering, insane fellow.
- rauol is a pitiful creature.
- christine is so easily swayed.
- and the BEST character from the book (who ends up saving both Christine & Raoul's life) isn't even in the movie, musical, etc. sigh.
I do believe, however, that to be a true Phantom fan...you must read the book.
you gain such depth and understanding regarding situations and characters.
and you develop an even deeper (if that's possible) respect for the story.
so put it on your summer reading list.
and read it.
because it's a good 'un.