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Even if the story might possess the acknowledgment of a good Gothic story, but the story draws out its frame too lousily. The characters are all gutless and real jerks. Raoul, he is such a jerk: the only possession he had in every matter are tears. Christine, she is too lousy in all matters. All none but lovesick fools.
Howbeit, the story, while beholding from other phases, is a nice and neat one, yet but not a beguiling specimen.
 

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I read this book without having seen any other versions of the story. Nonetheless I had high expectations for it. I applaud that Leroux truly did let his imagination run away, particularly when the background story of the Persian and Erik came in. However, I found the romance to be only tolerable and there is so much in the so-called love triangle that frustrates me. There wasn't even really a love triangle. Just an obsessed phantom (whose particular obsession still remains unexplained to me) and a naive girl who makes things more complicated than they have to be. The story was anticlimactic. The sudden change of heart is unbelievable. The way that Raoul and Christine can abandon everything in the end leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, especially when I think about how the supposedly precious older brother died horribly in the crossfire and with that, a misunderstanding was created that would never be cleared. 

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This novel is fantastic! It is a perfect example of dynamic character, emotional and social conflict, as well as symbolism and frame-story. The way Christine, Erik, and Raoul are all in a twisted love triangle makes you turn from page to page. Gaston Leroux does a fabulous job of weaving the novel together by the different points of views he uses: from Christine, the two managers, Raoul, the Persian, and the narrator. Though the novel is quite confusing towards the beginning, once the happenings at the Opera House are explained, it all makes perfect sense. I have read the novel twice now, and it is just as wonderful the second time read as the first time. I highly recommend this work of literary art to audiences who like to get the most out of what they are reading. 

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When I first saw this book, it caught my attention and it was just amazing work. Altho, I don't get why Erik just kills himself.

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Read my review at http://lifebythebooks.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/the-phantom-of-the-opera-by-gaston-leroux-2/

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One of the best novels of the early 20th century - hands (er, masks?) down!
Monsieur Gaston Leroux is a not only a great author and detective, he is a genius when it comes to writing horror
/suspense novels like this! (The popularity and ever-lasting strength of this novel has withstood the tests of time - the story has been around for *100 YEARS*, and it is still well-known today!)
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has seen the stage performances (ALW), any of the various film adaptions, or for anyone who is simply curious what all of the hoop-la is about this novel!
 

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Back when I bought the book, I do remember that I hadn't seen the movie so that I wouldn't ruin any images that I might formulate, but on second thought, perhaps it would've been better if I had had watched the movie before start reading it. I think I had to stop reading two or three times because it is too boring. Since the beginning my favorite character was the phantom and, for some reason, I hated Christine's childhood friend. Maybe that helped for me not liking the book.
Ok, I know that judging the book in favor of a certain character is not cool, but I just couldn't help it. I thought that the Phantom was such a well-elaborated character, but the main romance was just too sugarish for my own taste.
Perhaps I read this book with the wrong mood and now that I've seen the movie, maybe I start thinking differently if I ever decide to read it once again. It's a book for those who appreciate the classical romances, but it's just not the book for me.
 

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Written quite well. Better than the black & white movie version and better than the newer movie musical version. (However, isn't that always the case with books vs. movies?) The book pays more attention to the phantom and the reader is able to get into his mind more. This is not only a classic, but a fantastic read!! 

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Fans of all incarnations of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA might be interested to know that we are now entering the story's 100th anniversary year! The original novel by Gaston Leroux was first serialised in a French newspaper between September 1909 and January 2010, prior to publication in book format by Pierre Lafitte in February 1910.
To celebrate this milestone achievement, a brand new Phantom Twitter stream has been launched to spread the word of the centenary and the latest news and developments concerning the Opera Ghost. Eventually it is hoped the stream will be used to release exciting new ongoing research currently being undertaken into the novel and all its subsequent adaptations (including, of course, the Lloyd Webber musical) in areas never previously explored. It'll also be a sort of starting point perhaps to test the viability of bringing fans across the world together in 2010.
The more fans who join the stream, the better, so we can spread word of the centenary to the wider world and draw attention to all things Phantom! The Leroux estate is watching the feed, so it would be good to demonstrate to them just how loved this story remains 100 years later!
Please follow by following @fantomedelopera on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/fantomedelopera ), or, alternatively, going to http://phantomslair.com for further details.
 

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I am so totally obsessed with the Phantom. I have also purchased many fan fiction books. I do have to say though, I thought Christine was shallow in her judgment of the Phantom. Is it any wonder he was the way he was. I feel she based her love for him more on his looks than she did the man himself. Yes, he did some horrible things, but I don't think she understood the magnitude of his love for her. Thankfully I have a few fan fictions that fix that problem for me. But, I love this book more than words can express. 

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