"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
"The Woman In Black" by Susan Hill is a suitable read for Halloween with its dark tone and scary story. I found it to be rather horrifying to read onl"The Woman In Black" by Susan Hill is a suitable read for Halloween with its dark tone and scary story. I found it to be rather horrifying to read only by candlelight; the voice of narrator is strong and clear, and the premise of the story good, however, the ending or solvating of the mystery was not particular my cup of tea and seemed a little stereotypical for the genre; it was somewhat too simple for the lingering goosebumps it left on my arms.
“For I see that then I was still all in a state of innocence, but that innocence, once lost, is lost forever.”
I still found the story to be very well-rounded, even though I did not like the ending; there were no loose ends, and the only knots were the ones in my stomach from the thought of sleeping alone in the dark with monsters under my bed. The beginning of the story is rather slow and seems to take forever to get started, but it is also very much like fog; it slowly creeps in on you until you are completely lost in it. ...more