Review: Phantom of the Opera

“Are people so unhappy when they love?”

Author: Gaston Leroux

Spoiler warning:

There’s a crazy man living in the basement of the Paris Opera house!

What?! You already knew that without reading the book?

This novel suffers from the same fate as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Everyone knows the big plot twist just thanks to western culture. I really liked this book, and recommend it to fans of the classics, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

The romance plot of the leads is the weakest part. The leads are dry and kind of stupid. Copy paper has more dimension an color than these two!

Like many other classic novels the foreigner is the best character. Much like Van Helsing the Persian is more interesting than any of the major characters. The Persian has a nice backstory and I wanted to know more about him.

The theater owners have a subplot that is rather funny. I did enjoy that.

That’s all I really can say about this book. I’ve never seen the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, but I understand it follows much the same plot. I’ve seen the Lon Chaney silent film. Does that count Phantom fan girls?

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