Author has written 5 stories for Phantom of the Opera, and Phantom of the Opera.
Hello! Welcome to my profile!
By reading my fanfic name, I'm sure you figured out that my name is Deanna, of course. I also have a youtube account, in which my name is NightDreamer37. I've made a couple of Phan videos, but not many - I'm still new to it. However, I also have a couple of playlists available for others to listen to; they're the sound tracks to my Drowning Phan-Phic's.
I also have a face book page for my stories. The page is called, "Drowning Series", listed under "book series". I would love to give a link, but fanfic blocks links. To make it easier to find, just keep in mind that the main icon for the page is the Cheshire Cat.
Favorite colors: I really like jewel-tones. I'm partial to violet, cobalt, and scarlet.
Fav animal: Cats. Don't hate on me, dog people. There's nothing wrong with cats, and if you honestly think that they're soulless, vicious things that do nothing but claw you, then you obviously didn't own a real friendly cat while growing up.
Favorite food: Chocolate. I'm pretty sure that I'm a chocoholic.
Favorite tv shows: I'm not entirely sure right now. To be honest, I don't watch much TV like how I used to. I used to love the Walking Dead until my favorite character died.
Favorite movies: I love the Phantom of the Opera (Team Erik)! I used to be a huge Twilight fan (Team Edward), but I'm not as much. I still have respect for it though, partially because Twilight was got me into literature. I also like The Avengers, I really like Captain America and Thor (they are my fav's in the avengers). Dracula Untold was a pretty cool movie, too.
How about favorite games: If you're talking about card games, then I love Skipbo, and that's pretty much it. As for video games, I like playing Call of Duty zombies (preferably the Nazi zombie's version). Before that, I was addicted to playing Sonic the Hedgehog games.
Favorite story genre: Romance; I won't read a story unless if it has romance. . .As well as movies.
Favorite place: Disneyland! If you haven't been there, you need to go there right away. And if you think that it's for little kids, then I don't think we'd get along real well.
Pet Peeves of mine:
When people have anger issues and say that they "can't help it". Seriously, people? If you truly have an issue, then go get some medication for that. Don't just use it as an excuse to be a jerk.
I hate drama-queens, especially when they say things like: "Ooh, I hate my life! I wish I would just die!"
Me: Really?. . .REALLY? Well, I'm sure that Erik could easily solve that for you.
I really don't like it when people have anger issues, but then I wonder to myself: Why am I team Erik then? Does not compute!
Phantom of the Opera music (My fav is Music of the Night)
Florence and the Machines
Storytime by Nightwish
The End of Heartache by Killswitch Engage
Video game/ and movie soundtracks
And many more!
Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux): I've give it a 3 out of 5. To be entirely honest, I enjoyed Kay's version more so! Although I'm still very glad that Leroux wrote POTO because if he hadn't, who knows what other fandom I'd be attached to right now. However, whenever I read the original POTO novel, I find that it's either extremely interesting, or extremely boring. There's almost no in-between. And I'd have to agree with what Susan Kay said about it; I was left with more questions than answers!
Phantom (Susan Kay): Although it's not an original novel, and basically a fanfic of POTO, I would run into a burning building to save a copy of this book. xD I'd give it a 5 out of 5. I was intrigued with Erik's character to begin with, so this novel was a treat for me. I loved reading about his back story, and although I have a "to-read" list, I always end up picking up this book to re-read it again for the millionth time.
Dracula (Bram Stoker): To be honest, I'm still currently reading this. It's gonna be a while before I finish it because I almost have no time to read - I'm always trying to update. So far, I'd give it a 3 out of 5. It's either very interesting, or very boring. But it makes watching Dracula movies more interesting because I know the book details - and I get to point out to people where the Dracula movies deviate from the novel. xD
The Cellar (Natasha Preston): Definitely a 5 out of 5! I read it over a weekend (it's really not a long book - an average size for a Y/A novel), but I couldn't put it down. Probably one of the first books that kept me on the edge of my seat, and tearing me away from the book resulted in making me cranky. xD With the books I've read, most should have kept me on the edge of my seat, and probably would've, if I hadn't seen the movie adaption first. However, this one hasn't been made into a film (maybe one day). Still a great book though! I'm looking into possibly reading the prequel.
Radiance (Grace Draven): A delightfully intriguing story - I'd give it a 4 out of 5. It's unlike any other stories that I've read. More otherworldly, but it pulled me right in. Even the cover of the book is beautiful. I heard that a sequel is currently being made - another book to add to my "to-read" list.
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger): I read it in school, and it was probably one of the few stories that was assigned that I actually loved. 4 out of 5. I fell in love with Holden Caulfield. To be honest, not much happened in the story, but his inner dialogue and reminiscing kept my attention - I related a lot with him, despite the fact that I was never a rebel. xD I just LOVE his character though. I wanted to hug him all throughout the novel, but was torn apart by the end of it.
Twilight Saga (Stephenie Meyer): A lot of people bitch and moan at this, but I quite enjoyed these books - Twilight was actually the first novel that got me into literature. Yes, these vampires deviate from the traditional vampires, but if people would push that idea aside, they might enjoy it. I've heard of people watching Twilight and hating it, but I've never heard of anyone reading it and hating it. 4 out of 5.
Matched (Ally Condie): A good modern Y/A novel about a utopian society gone wrong. I'd read a few other similar novels such as A Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451, but this one is focused more on a love triangle, and isn't a classical (perhaps one day it will be *Shrugs*); it's a fairly new book. I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5. I know that there's more than one, but it's been years since I've read Matched, and after skimming through the sequel, I got a feeling that Matched was probably the best one out of the series. But I might be wrong for all I know.
The Immortals Series (Alyson Noel): To be entirely honest, I've only read the first three books. They were definitely good, however it was just a little too "witchy" for me. I guess it's not my thing. But it was written well, and I liked the characters and the story (especially Evermore and Blue Moon). I love, love love that the author loves Disneyland like me. xD But that wasn't the reason why I liked the story. It's a good Y/A read, but I got a little irritated with a love triangle that appeared in the third book when I was already invested with the main love interest that had been introduced in the first book. The first book I'd give a 4 out of 5. The second one a 4.5 out of 5, and the third one a 2 out of 5.
Timeless (Alexandra Monir): Ah, this one takes me back. It's definitely a Y/A novel. The downside to it, in my own personal opinion, is that it could've been written a little better. But I'm also someone who doesn't like simplicity in a story - I love a book with great details. However, I enjoyed the story very much. Looking back at it, it reminds me a lot of my own current story! Once I was re-reading it and was freaking out because I hadn't realized how much it was similar. In some parts of the book, it actually reminds me of other POTO Phanfics. I began wondering if it was a published fanfic, but specially one from POTO. But, it's impossible to know. And after googling it, I just realized that the sequel has finally been published. . .To the bookstore, I go!! Oh, and I'd give Timeless a 4 out of 5.
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott): I grew up watching the Little Women 1949 film, so naturally, I was excited to read it when I was in middle school. It was probably the only girly story that was ever assigned in school. I don't know why schools never focused on any romances. Little Women has some romance, but not a ton. I can't quite remember everything from it since it's been years since I've read it, but I remember enjoying it. 3 out of 5.
Between the Lines (Jodi Picoult/Samantha Van Leer): Yes, I finally got around to reading this, and when I did, I finished it up right away. Just as I expected, it was very fanfictiony, which I loved. It was like a fanfiction for a story that was imagined in the story. . .If that makes any sense. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. This story was written by a mother and daughter, which I thought was awesome. If you decide to give this book a try, don't be turned off by the cliche fairytale element to it - it's supposed to start off like a child's fairytale story. And bear in mind that it also has some pictures in it, which I generally hate, but it was relevant for this story. Besides the fairytale element to it, this story reminded me of my own POTO fanfic. . .I dunno if that's a good or bad thing.
My "To-read" List:
Temptation (R.L. Stine): I grew up reading "Goosebumps" so I had to read a vampire book from him. (already own it)
Vampire Kisses (Ellen Schreiber): If you hadn't noticed, I love vampire books, and this looks like one I might really enjoy, so I had to buy it. (already own it)
The Outlander series (Diana Gabaldon): My mom has been reading it for 30 years, and we've met the author - she's quite nice and very witty! I just have yet to read her books! (already own it)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak): I watched the movie and enjoyed it. (already own it)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen): I've always loved the 2005 movie of it - I just need to read it!
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte): I discovered it when I watched the 2011 film - Mr. Rochester sounds very much like Erik, so naturally, I'm intrigued to reading it.
Some POTO opinions and rants:
I'm definitely team Erik. . .My parent's don't see the appeal. It's not because of his deformity (2004's version was a sunburn compared to the novel, but I still love both!) but because Erik has killed people. I see where they're coming from, but I tell them that they need to know Erik's back story in order to understand. Yes, he shouldn't have killed people, but his past was nasty to him, and you almost can't blame him for the things he did. His past messed him up. His life was screwed up from the start, so of course he would have a messed up adult life! His mother was neglectful and or abusive (depending on which version) and the world didn't treat him any different. I'd be pretty pissed too, if I were him.
Personally, I think if people treated him like a normal person, even with a deformity, he would be a normal person with a normal life, and not a crazy drug addict who lives underground and stalks the one girl who he has a chance with. . .Even though he's obsessive, he is a softy underneath it all. . .Ya know, when a certain fop isn't getting in the way of his plans. But hey, he's not much different than Edward Cullen!
Just bear with me for a moment here! Aside from their over all appearances, they're very similar. Not that Stephenie Meyer was a POTO Phan (LOL, as far as I know), but just think of the similarities for a moment. First off, both Erik and Edward hate themselves. They're loners, and are very brooding. They also hate, hate, hate, HATE their competition. They both think they're monsters. Both have killed people. They're both very smart. They're both musicians. They both have cold white skin (Depending on which POTO version you're talking about). They're both little stalkers for their curly/wavy dark haired love interest (Unless if you're thinking about blonde Christine). Both of their love interests are trapped in a love triangle and can't make up their minds. Both Erik and Edward have gold/yellow eyes. Both like to either hum or sing which causes their love interest to swoon. Both Erik and Edward are extremely controlling and determined and possessive, though at the same time, their love interest thinks of them as an angel. Hell, they even have impressive fancy-shmansy homes. Edward has lived in many different homes, while Erik stays in one place, though they've both traveled around quite a bit. And yeah, sure, Erik lives underground while Edward lives in a nice house, but Erik still lives in a pimped out lair. You know it. It's true.
Difference between them? Edward is supposed to be completely gorgeous while Erik is supposed to be utterly repulsive. Edward gets a happy ending and Erik doesn't. But they're both more similar than different, and you know I have a point!. . .Although, Edward Cullen was based off of Mr. Darcy. . .Does that mean that Erik and Darcy are similar. . ? Eh, no, probably not as much. . .
Anyways as you can probably tell, one of my favorite Phantoms is Gerard Butler, and I'm not afraid to admit that. Just because I prefer the 2004 version over the Michael Crawford version doesn't make me any less of a Phan than others. Come on, guys, really? Can't we all get along? There's no need to act snobby and proud that you don't like Gerik. If you sincerely don't care about Gerik, but don't mind if others appreciate that version, then I respect that. It's different to be a jerk to others about it, though.
But to you 2004 POTO haters, let me tell ya, I'm not one of those Phans who merely squeal that the Phantom should've gotten together with Christine because "he was hotter than Raoul, and his sunburn was nothing". No, after becoming very intrigued and yearning to learn more about "the Phantom's" back story, I began doing more research (like what all obsessive Phans do), and discovered that it was originally a novel. And I had to have it. So after reading an innumerable amount of Phanphics, watching many different POTO adaptions, and reading both Susan Kay's and then Gaston's original POTO, I think I have the right to consider myself a Phan. I've accepted that most POTO adaptions aren't perfect, and learned to embrace that.
Although, if I had to pick my favorite POTO film adaption, I still think it's the 2004 version. It still over all follows the original storyline well; yes, even if Gerik is pretty. But if that's what makes 2004 POTO haters hate it, then let me tell ya, Michael Crawford was too pretty for the roll as well, when you think about it. Erik is supposed to look like a freaking corpse. Erik over all having only a half mask is already making him far more pretty than he's supposed to be. I understand that for the broadway musical, they needed a half mask so the audience could see the Phantom's expressions, and so the Phantom actors could preform and what-not. But don't give the 2004 movie hell for Gerik being too pretty when it all started with Michael Crawford. So chew on that for a while.
Thanks to the 2004 version, many more people have been introduced to POTO; like me! So still think that I'm a "amateur Phan" for liking Gerik? Get over yourself.
Well, enough of the rants. Feel free to either observe my stories, or my favorites!