Phantom Night Owl
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Author has written 4 stories for Phantom of the Opera.

I was twelve years old when I first read Gaston Leroux's, Phantom of the Opera. I loved it- as a horror story. The Phantom, although not seen all that much, was properly scary, as all monsters are supposed to be. I was rooting for Raoul and the Persian to arrive and save poor Christine so the young couple could live happily ever after. Then I watched all the different variations of the Phantom in the movies, usually late night on Saturdays. They were almost always pretty bad and had very little to do with Leroux's classic. The closest to the book, was Lon Chaney's version, but unfortunately, sound I think, is a must have for a movie like PotO, plus the ending was all screwed up.

Then Andrew Lloyd Webber arrived on the scene with his stage hit, and when the musical came to my city, I had to see it. Once you hear the music, it's hard to get it out of your head. Am I right? I watched the 2004 movie with Gerard Butler and liked it a lot. I thought he did a passable job singing- he sure put a lot of feeling into it. He emoted anguish very well. I simply wanted to kick Christine in the butt for making him cry. But I was a little puzzled after seeing both the musical and movie, because I couldn't figure out what those Phantoms had to do with the monster in the book I'd read years ago.

I got myself another copy of Leroux's PotO and reread it. It's funny how a person's perspective changes over the years. Turns out, Erik wasn't a monster after all. Just a very ugly man no one wanted and who had gone slightly mad from being all alone. A musical genius who just wanted someone to love him. That's pretty simplistic, I know- he also murdered people. But at least my view of Erik had changed. Was there anything sadder than Erik speaking with the Persian at the end of the book? It broke my heart the second time around. No more Raoul winning the fair Christine's hand- I wanted the Phantom to triumph. Now I read stories where all he gets are happy endings. Funny thing though...if Erik had won Christine, there would never have been much of a fuss about the book to begin with. Tragedy sticks in the mind longer than a happy ending does- don't know why, but angst sells. Look at Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights, or Scarlett and Rhett in Gone With the Wind. Myself, I want that happy ending. If I need more tragedy, why pick up a book? I can turn on the six o'clock news and overdose on it.

Leroux's Erik is my favorite. Most I think, prefer a Phantom who is buff and at least half-way handsome. Nothing wrong with that. I've read some really good fiction using movie Erik as the protagonist, or even the stage Phantom, but my first choice will always be book Erik. It's definitely more of a stretch to see him happy in the end. If you are by any chance reading this mish mash, you'll know I have one story written. If I write another, it'll be Leroux's Erik once again. Any time, any place. Erik travels nicely, doesn't he?

He's such a mass of contradictions. I think that's why we all love him.

I like different pairings in stories. Christine is fine. I like to see E/C happy ever after, but I enjoy a good E/OC as well. Some fics, although excellently written, tend to carry Erik's obsession with Christine too far. A little bit of angst is fine, and probably justified, but too much kills the romance for me. He knew her for a few months (book), not years, loved her voice, and because she was all alone too, thought he had a shot with her. But she never returned his love. I think if another woman happened along after Christine, one that could love him, I think Erik would easily move on and not look back once. At least he'd have a wife to take for walks on Sundays.

I like romance and I don't think having a love triangle for 50 chapters is conducive to it. It always leaves me unsettled when I read too much of it, because a man that obsessed with one woman, is a hopeless case and makes the story rather pointless for me. I feel the same way about fics that feature any type of infidelity. I've read some where the writing is once again, excellent, but too much focus is on Erik as a sexual animal. LOL. Then why is he so alone and woman-less for 50 years?

This is all my own opinion. Probably a lot of people out there who see nothing wrong with that type of writing. And guess what? There isn't. It's all fictional work and all a matter of personal preference.

Susan Kay's book was good. Her Erik was very interesting and moody, but the morphine addiction I didn't care for at all. And although it was nice to see him and Christine hook up in the end, I couldn't understand how a dying man was healthy enough for sex. But hey, that's just me.

Love Never Dies. I watched it on DVD- the Aussie version. Sumptuous and gothic. The music is beautiful, but I also have the CD, with Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess when LND was first produced. Karimloo's voice is gorgeous, especially in the number, Till I Hear You Sing. The Coney Island Waltz is a stunning piece of music too. There's just one itty bitty thing wrong. The story-line sucks. Again, my opinion.

Anyway, if you're fairly new to the Phantom stories and want to read some good fics based on Leroux's Erik, you'll find some excellent ones to enjoy on this site. If you've lasted through my disjointed ramblings, thanks for reading.

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Martyr by Quiet2885 reviews
Modern. With her father ill and her husband severely injured in a car accident, Christine desperately turns to a darker source for hope. Once she begins to discover a new side to herself, there is no turning back. And, by the time she quits lying to herself, an inevitably tragic choice awaits her. Rewritten and completed as of December 2013.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 28 - Words: 120,475 - Reviews: 616 - Favs: 152 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 12/22/2013 - Published: 4/26/2009 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Through a Mirror, Darkly by Kryss LaBryn reviews
Leroux!Erik, and a more thoughtful and mature Christine. I knew he couldn't really be an Angel, however much I wanted to believe it! But then, who was he? Why would he hide from me, unless..? EC
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 20 - Words: 41,008 - Reviews: 213 - Favs: 204 - Follows: 50 - Updated: 9/11/2013 - Published: 4/25/2006 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Music of the Night Before Christmas by Phan3145 reviews
One of three one shots I am writing for Christmas, in this one the title says it all. E/C fluff as usual. 8D
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,812 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/3/2012 - Christine, Erik - Complete
Hearts in the Wind by Silver Diva reviews
The Phantom is dead. I am a man and I live!" 'Reborn' with new life made possible by a powerful admirer, Erik's guardian is a woman he calls his "armed nanny." Aislyne Butler takes the job of caring for an insane elderly uncle of the de'Chagnys. STORY COMPLETE!
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 63 - Words: 346,259 - Reviews: 183 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 41 - Updated: 6/19/2012 - Published: 10/19/2008 - Erik - Complete
To Analyse a Murderer by Kittie Darkhart reviews
It takes a murderer to know a murderer. From the gilded streets of Paris to London's depraved East End, death can always be found. And so, as husband and wife sit over a cup of tea, they discuss a grisly string of murders committed by...Full summary inside.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Suspense - Chapters: 5 - Words: 35,188 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 1/13/2012 - Published: 11/3/2009 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Letting Go by drjekyllmshyde reviews
A Russian ballerina finds herself at the newly reformed Palais Garnier, and experiences a quite literal run-in with the building's resident Ghost. Erik/OC. Complete!
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 34 - Words: 90,920 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 85 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 4/16/2011 - Published: 1/16/2011 - Erik - Complete
Walking Through Fire by michellemybelle25 reviews
Christine travels to the other side of the world to reclaim her love.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13,746 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 99 - Follows: 8 - Published: 11/19/2010 - Christine, Erik - Complete
The Opera Wench by my-echo reviews
COMPLETE. Currently undergoing revision. Almost two years prior to the advent of Christine, a young dancer stumbles upon the mysterious Erik one night and feels a strange affinity for him. Leroux-based.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 50 - Words: 157,131 - Reviews: 436 - Favs: 128 - Follows: 83 - Updated: 8/1/2010 - Published: 10/19/2005 - Complete
Sherry by Kryss LaBryn reviews
A naughty little tale of a slightly uncomfortable evening complicated by the addition of some misunderstandings as to intentions and several glasses of sherry. Warning: Dubcon.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,385 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 104 - Follows: 15 - Published: 5/15/2010 - Erik, Christine - Complete
The Greenwood Tree by Soignante reviews
Sweet and slow, from Erik's point of view. E/C, naturally. Complete.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 65 - Words: 80,796 - Reviews: 934 - Favs: 217 - Follows: 71 - Updated: 5/4/2008 - Published: 12/5/2006 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Attack of the Sue by Kryss LaBryn reviews
The striking Ariella Ravenna has escaped her tragic past and come to the foot of sweet Music's throne, seeking singing lessons from the man she is sure will be her soul mate. But what will Christine do? And what will Erik say? Sequel to All Hallow's Eve.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 14,643 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 2/21/2008 - Published: 2/14/2008 - Complete
When All is Lost by Quiet2885 reviews
Modern. Will a deformed man's desire for revenge destroy the future of a young couple? Or were all three fated to begin this dark journey and face the evils of the past? A story of the struggle between hatred and love, vengeance and redemption. COMPLETE.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 74 - Words: 306,625 - Reviews: 2318 - Favs: 507 - Follows: 160 - Updated: 12/30/2007 - Published: 5/16/2006 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Matchmaker by MastersofNight reviews
A touch of Leroux, a hint of Kay. Nadir convinces Erik to use the services of a matchmaker, meeting a widow who enjoys Opera and turning upside down the life of an Opera Ghost. EOW.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 75 - Words: 146,989 - Reviews: 667 - Favs: 89 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 11/20/2007 - Published: 2/25/2006 - Complete
What Doesn't Kill You by MissCyraf reviews
...Only makes you stronger. I had to keep reminding myself of that as I befriended a Vicomte, was rescued by a Phantom, fought with a diva, and defied the impossible several times over. EOC, movie based, some Leroux. Starts slow, but picks up, promise!
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 59 - Words: 151,014 - Reviews: 103 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 11/17/2007 - Published: 9/16/2007 - Complete
The Shell Game by MastersofNight reviews
Continuation of The Sorcerer of Rouen. Erik and Emily’s courtship becomes complicated with an American Pinkerton agent, a gang of American criminals, a secret French crime syndicate, Monsieur Colt’s big brother. Post ALW
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 42 - Words: 94,274 - Reviews: 373 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 10/8/2007 - Published: 10/1/2005 - Complete
Diminishment of the Ghost by iamphantomgirl reviews
Sequel to A Fleeting Memory. Laure and Nicolas are in Paris, and Erik has retreated to the theater. Will Wife and Son be able to lure him out of hiding, and make him realize he is meant to be with his family?
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 54 - Words: 91,395 - Reviews: 424 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 11/5/2006 - Published: 9/9/2006 - Erik - Complete
All Hallow's Eve by Kryss LaBryn reviews
Leroux EC. Erik and Christine attend the All Hallow's Eve masked ball, only to meet someone in a very familiar getup... Sequel to Through A Mirror, Darkly.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,609 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 10/30/2006 - Published: 10/25/2006 - Erik, Christine - Complete
A Fleeting Memory by iamphantomgirl reviews
Erik accepts a gift from the khanum with reluctance, and finds passion one brief night fifteen years before the disaster in Paris. The results of that night are unknown to him, until he discovers the truth: that he has a son. Seq:Diminishment of the Ghost
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 74 - Words: 132,850 - Reviews: 669 - Favs: 68 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 9/9/2006 - Published: 8/8/2006 - Erik - Complete
Of Threnodies and Roses by Quiet2885 reviews
Modern Retelling. Leroux Undertones. He began as an Angel that came to her one frightening night. As Christine is slowly swept up into a dangerous and passionate obsession, will she survive his dark world...and even darker past? COMPLETE
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 42 - Words: 140,173 - Reviews: 1051 - Favs: 419 - Follows: 111 - Updated: 5/12/2006 - Published: 8/2/2005 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Prelude to a Threnody by Quiet2885 reviews
For readers of Of Threnodies and Roses. The night that Christine and Erik first met...from Erik's POV. Was she his salvation or his doom?
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,677 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 6 - Published: 3/20/2006 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Where Hope is Infinite by VeroniqueClaire reviews
...The first raindrops plunged to the roof, and Christine fell violently into a chaise and wept... The soon to be Madame de Changy realizes what she must do. Christine's heart is still in the Opera Basement, but is Erik?
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,794 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 9 - Published: 8/30/2005 - Erik, Christine, Raoul - Complete
The phantom of the Oh look a birdie by Angel-of-Music1331 reviews
COMPLETE! The Story of The Phantom of the Opera. Except Christine has a very short attention span, and memory problems.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 9 - Words: 2,817 - Reviews: 211 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 8/20/2005 - Published: 5/10/2005 - Complete
Leroux: Condensed by The Lark reviews
The original novel made simple. Hopefully good for a laugh or two.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 11 - Words: 26,087 - Reviews: 107 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 6/3/2005 - Published: 5/16/2005
Red Rose by Riene reviews
Complete, novel length. At the end of the musical and book, Christine and Raoul leave, and Erik prepares to die. But events have a way of not working out as we think! E/C, though Raoul lovers will like this. Please Read and Review!
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 12 - Words: 64,293 - Reviews: 196 - Favs: 236 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 3/16/2003 - Published: 2/2/2003 - Complete
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Long Journey Home reviews
Two unlikely people forge an alliance and a tentative friendship in the dark days of the Paris Commune. A young ballerina is saved from a horrible fate by a deformed recluse deep in the bowels of the Paris Opera House. Together they overcome the deprivations of war, and Louise must learn to understand the paradox that is Erik. Begins ten years before the events in the book.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 44 - Words: 262,737 - Reviews: 358 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 61 - Updated: 10/10 - Published: 12/5/2014 - Erik - Complete
Ghost Light reviews
Erik Reauchard travels to a small town in the U.S. to search for a killer. He finds Christine Daae instead. When dangerous forces coalesce around them, can he keep her safe? Modern. Leroux's Erik, but with hints of Kay and ALW.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 33 - Words: 101,419 - Reviews: 198 - Favs: 80 - Follows: 38 - Updated: 7/25 - Published: 8/27/2012 - Erik, Christine - Complete
Wish reviews
Sometimes the wish that goes unfulfilled, is the answer to your prayers.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,217 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/18/2014 - Erik - Complete
A Thief in the Night reviews
Christine Daae is a girl poised on the brink of womanhood, when a stranger moves into the house next door, and her life is changed forever.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 43 - Words: 268,607 - Reviews: 406 - Favs: 197 - Follows: 116 - Updated: 2/8/2014 - Published: 4/13/2013 - Erik, Christine - Complete