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Old Dec 11 2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Leroux: Phantom of the Opera

I saw his name in the New Moon Thread, but didn’t want to misuse it, so I’m posting it here.
Has anyone read it? I can’t find time, but would like to read the book, as I’ve watched the movie with Gerard Butler as Erik, and Emmy Rossum and loved it.
Critics, please?
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Old Dec 11 2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: Leroux: Phantom of the Opera

I have the book and enjoyed it. It's a pretty easy read, only 261 pages.
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I borrowed it from the library or off a friend and thought it was quite good. I saw the stageplay twice (and in different spots) in Melbourne and it was brilliant the first time as my group was on the balcony, in a perfect spot to see everything. The second time was not so good as we were on the "floor" at the back of the theatre, with a pole about 2 rows in front of us so it was very hard to get the feel and visual of the whole play when you've got something like that in front of you.

One stageplay I wouldn't mind seeing again is "Cats" by TS Elliott. Again also brilliant when they were doing the travelling tour version under the big top.
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T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" is not a stage play. It's a collection of poetry.

There is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber BASED ON "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats".

And Leroux would probably not have been overthrilled with Lloyd Webber's version of Phantom...though more so than the OTHER musical rendition (yes, there is one) which manages to come up with a *happy ending*. Srsly. If you love the musical, be aware that Erik in the book is an unquestionable unmitigated PSYCHOPATHIC LUNATIC, and he is much more hideously scarred than even the stage musical's makeup (which is much worse than the movie, where he is..Gerard Butler with a second-degree sunburn.) His threat is not *just* to kill Raoul (who in the book is only moderately less useless than the play and more of a jerk) but to BLOW UP THE ENTIRE OPERA HOUSE AND EVERYONE IN IT INCLUDING HIMSELF AND CHRISTINE if she chooses Raoul over him.

Personally, I always liked Susan Kay's "Phantom." Mostly because it's about 90% Erik, 10% the Leroux/Lloyd Webber plot, and somewhat because it ups the sex and violence factors by about 1000%.
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it ups the sex and violence factors by about 1000%.
You... you... you.... (splutter)

Mind you, thinking about it (how nice ) some of the latin dances seem to contain a fair amount of both, even if stylised.
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T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" is not a stage play. It's a collection of poetry.

There is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber BASED ON "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats".
I've read both books before I went to see the musical (although I haven't seen the version of Phantom of the Opera on tv) so I had some idea of what it was about. There are some things in life where the books is definitely better then the show (whether stage, tv or movie version) and the imagination can be let loose, compared to the director's viewpoint and other times, it can be the opposite too!
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And Leroux would probably not have been overthrilled with Lloyd Webber's version of Phantom...though more so than the OTHER musical rendition (yes, there is one) which manages to come up with a *happy ending*. Srsly. If you love the musical, be aware that Erik in the book is an unquestionable unmitigated PSYCHOPATHIC LUNATIC, and he is much more hideously scarred than even the stage musical's makeup (which is much worse than the movie, where he is..Gerard Butler with a second-degree sunburn.) His threat is not *just* to kill Raoul (who in the book is only moderately less useless than the play and more of a jerk) but to BLOW UP THE ENTIRE OPERA HOUSE AND EVERYONE IN IT INCLUDING HIMSELF AND CHRISTINE if she chooses Raoul over him.
Yeah, about that, I read somewhere that Webber said that, ‘’Butler is too good – looking to hide all of his face behind a mask’’.
Interesting book ending.
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