"The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux is one of many books I have been meaning to read for a long time, and now that I have read it I am not sur"The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux is one of many books I have been meaning to read for a long time, and now that I have read it I am not sure how I feel about it to be honest; first of all, which I am to blame for, I though it was a play, but it is actually a novel. the story about a phantom haunting a theatre in Paris, deceive one of the performers and falling in love with this person sounds like a solid story, however, the I did not find the phantom scary or ghostlike in any way, and the love-story between Christine and the phantom was psychotic and not romantic as I thought it would be.
“If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me."
I found the characters to be flat and illogical; neither of them could see the wood for the trees even when the mystical events were rather obvious. Christine for instant is very naive and a typical maid in need of saving, she was helpless and without backbone, where Raoul is an extremely jealous guy who is almost as bad as the Phantom for stalking Christine and watching her every move. Without spoiling the end, I can easily say that is was very anti-climatic; the story leads up to a epic ending, and then the problem is solved far too easy. ...more