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PostSubject: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:47 pm

My friend asked me why i love 'The Phantom Of The Opera' and i want to know why do YOU love 'The Phantom Of The Opera' now i love it because its such a good story lols but the reason why its the best story ever told is we see a man who has been torturued all his life and sees a beautiful chorus girl whome he falls in love with till its obbsession and Christine thinks its the Angel Of Music and then comes along Raoul and it turns into a deadly love triangle and,and i dont know i just cant explain why i love it sooo much but now i want to kno why do you LOVE 'The Phantom Of The Opera'
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:53 am

Many a love triangle has come and gone, but none so electrifying and mysterious as The Phantom of the Opera. First we all wonder who or what lurks in shadows and haunts the dark of the Paris Opera House, but then we are sucked in to the strange, mesmerizing voice coaching the beautiful Christine. The feel of such an obsessive relationship both frightens and excites. The impetuous Raoul only adds to the mystique of the story.

What man could ever make us both love and hate him as the pitiful, madman called Erik, the Opera Ghost? Whether horror story or high romance, the heart-rending events gave me true insight of unconditional, undying love. For all these reason I love this classic tale of The Phantom of the Opera.


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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:13 pm

I love that it is not a simple story. It is not girl meets boy, they fall in love, bad guy tries to hurt one/both, they beat him in the end, they live happily ever after.

Though most of the other characters may be rather simplistic, Erik is far from being a black and white character. He does not slide neatly into a slot reading: "True villian", "Misunderstood hero", or "Poor, sweet hearted monster". He has all of it in him and he's a complex character that it takes time to understand and know.

I've found that to be rare.

Add to that the style of the writing, the uniqueness (at least for the time it was written in) of the story, and the array of odd characters and you have a down-right entertaining book.

The first time I read the story, I couldn't stop laughing at the Safety-Pin chapters. The second time I marveled at the rat catcher, Persian, and Mme. Giry. It's the sort of story where there's always something else to be found and hold you even when you have it nearly memorized.
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:53 am

There really has never been a story like it. Not in its details. Something about it captivates you and pulls you into the romantic, yet horrifying world of the Phantom.

Erik seems like such a complex character. There are times we both love and hate him, perhaps as Christine once did.

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:52 pm

yes 'Phantom' has a certain magical quality that draws us in and i agree we all have a love/hate relatinship with Erik Christine and Raoul
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:09 pm

I don't want to bring up the whole "truth aspect" of it, but i think that might have something to do with why I like it so much, but I love how it's so full of emotion. I don't/can't love one particular thing about the book and never understood why my friend found it boring.

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:23 pm

For some Phantom has to grow on them, for others like me, we embrace the beauty of the story immediately. Whether Gothic horror or Gothic romance, there will never be another tale like the Phantom of the Opera.


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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:04 am

I agree, I loved the story from the start. No matter how much anyone tries, they won't be able to create anything as extravagant as this. flower

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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:39 pm

For me, ever since I read the book I was hooked, but especially so after watching the ALW movie.

Everything that has been said I agree with. For me, the aspect that really reached out and grabbed me was the fact that he, despite his incredible gifts, is rejected mainly because of a physical deformity. In my life, I have had many instances with my own family where they reject me for equally surfacy (no, that's not a word!) reasons. My heart and soul went out to Erik for I could relate to him in that way.

Of course, there are many, many other reasons I love Phantom. His sensuality, his musical genius, his passion, etc. etc. etc. I could go on forever! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:29 am

I agree that no one can make another story like this then again this isn't like most stories either. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:38 pm

I think what draws me to Phantom of the Opera is Erik finding acceptance and love in the world. Becuase in the end isn't that what we all want in life? Love and acceptance. I feel as though I can relate to Eriks yearning for love and normalicy becuase I have my own deformity. Outside where all the world can see it and stare at it , makes me wish i could live underneath and Opera away from the cruelty of our world. I'm afraid we are no more accepting of derformities a now as we were then. Call me a cynic but thats how it feels out there.
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:52 pm

I like ghosts and musicals. dumb reasons, but that's it in a nutshell!
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:27 pm

I don't know why I like it. I just sort of...do.*shrugs* It's a beautiful story, and I'm a quiet person who doesn't like being around a lot of people. I kind of relate to Erik because of that, and we both have a sort of dry sense of humor(though I'd never kill someone; quite the contrary, I typically let people walk all over me as opposed to sticking up for myself. Bad habit, I know. Sad )
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:38 pm

I guess I can Identify with Erik, too. we are both lonley and wish to be loved. I have a dry sence of humor,too!
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:30 am

Ah YestonErik let's all give you a group hug.I love you We all love you here and you will never be lonely. Smile Smile Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:10 pm

God only knows why I love everything Phantom. Laughing I love you

I think YestonErik is right about relating to Erik. We can all relate to Erik on some level. It may also be because it's another classic tale of Beauty and the Beast.
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:37 am

I love it because it's not the stereotypical "happy ending" story...I like how we feel pity and compassion for Erik, the so-called "bad-guy" of the story.
I like how Christine's choice really was not easy for her and she learned, unlike so many other "heroines", that the ugly and 'terrifying' man isn't always the bad one!

Personally, Phantom taught me a lot about myself and how I treat others. I learned that you have to look deeper than a person's face when you are getting to know them. The most beautiful person can be the most cruel and unlikeable...the ugliest person can be the most beautiful and have the most to offer. As my chemistry teacher once said to me, "The most beautiful girl can walk into a room, open her mouth, then turn into the ugliest...the most un-attractive girl can walk into a room, open her mouth, and become the most beautiful." Smile

All in all it's just a beautiful romance filled with tragedy...it breaks your heart and leaves you wanting more of it's mystery and allure. It will be part of my life forever.
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:53 pm

I agree with you. AngelofMusic1413! That story will ALWAYS be apart of my life! *That's my story, and i'm stickin' to it!* But. I also love Phantom, first, because it teaches me not to judge a "book" by it's cover..and, Phantom taught me about how I treat others...like AngelofMusic1413 said...and, it's a mix of mystery, tragedy, love, and, yes..horror..all in one! Phantom is just one story, that NO-One can beat! plus, the character are so vivid, they threaten to jump out of the book into your living room! (sweet!) ....And, that is absolutely true about the prettiest girl being "ulgy" because or her personality, and how the unattractive girl being beutiful because of her personality..Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:37 pm

Why I love Phantom: by La Chica

1. Lereoux created an amazingly complex character in Erik. He's the bad guy for cryin' out loud, and you just want him to WIN.

2. Erik can sing, he had a voice that could only be described as angelic. That alone does things to me.

3. It takes place in the past, making it a piece of historical fiction. (Okay, maybe I'm stretching, but one can learn at thing or two from reading this.)

4. It take place in Paris, France. After NY, that's a pretty wonderful place to live.
(Can you imagine Erik speaking in French? *swoons for two seconds* Must get my hands on the French novel.)

5. The musical is amazing! I cry when I listen to "Music of the Night". And I've heard it in several languages.

6. You can retell the story in a million billion fanfics and never get tired.
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:09 pm

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy is Just Because a good answer? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Why do you love 'The Phantom Of The Opera'?   Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:26 pm

Well if Just because is not a good answer then I totaly agree with YestonErik and AngelicRose. That we do have a sort of connection with Erik, I Think that my connetion is to do with me being bullied and rejected when i was in elementry school and some of middel school.

I read on another site they were talking about this too, one person said that they think that the people that have a very strong connection with Erik have had Emotional Trama in there life. but thats just his opinon.

For whatever reason it is we all have a special connection with the phantom!! And proud of it!!!!!!!!!!
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