Riene
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Joined 01-06-03, id: 322185
Author has written 12 stories for Phantom of the Opera.

I have no life, therefore I have no personal biography.

My introduction to Phantom began as a teenager. At some point I'd read the original book The Phantom of the Opera and found it unbearable. It hurt; I hated it because it was painful, I had to force myself to complete the story. The book itself is not a masterpiece of literature, but the parallels between a person shunned for their appearance, who preferred the darkness to light, music to companionship were too much for my socially unhappy fifteen year old self, and it would be many years before I picked it up again.

After I married, my husband had two of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Greatest Hits CDs in his collection. Among the songs included on those CDs were The Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, and The Phantom of the Opera. I loved the songs for their music and lyrics, but didn't really make the connection back to the story I'd read eight years prior. In the autumn of 2003, I was going through a writing stage, working on committing to paper the fantasy novel that had been in my head since graduate school. Somewhere, I heard that Phantom was actually coming to my home town on tour. As I loved the music, I persuaded my better half to purchase tickets. With the evening of the musical ahead, I purchased a copy of the Hildebrandt illustrated edition and forced myself to read the book again, and this time cried, as I could now see it from a different perspective. With some small experience in the world of the theatre, and by this time in my adult life, I could identify with the feelings on everyone's part--Christine's fear for her physical safety conflicting with her desire to believe in a dream, Raoul's desperation to have the woman he loved and his desire to protect her, the subtle and malicious attempts of Carlotta to undermine her younger rival, the Managers' outrage and disbelief, and of course Erik's hopeless yearning for a normal life.

We went to see the show, and I fell in love at once with the stage adaptation. Webber's Phantom is less frightening than Leroux's elderly, sociopathic Opera Ghost. He appeals to everyone's need to be loved, to have a friend, to have one's worth recognized. One wants to somehow make the ending come out differently for him, to solve the problems, to provide a "happily ever after" for this Beast. Later on, I purchased the Lon Chaney movie and the Charles Dance television version, and then eventually discovered Susan's Kay's retelling of the story. I started delving through the internet for pictures and information and somehow stumbled across Le Phorum, my first internet "home." There, I learned an incredible wealth of background information about the many interpretations of the novel.

What is it about this story that appeals to so many readers? Is the novel more than a romantic fantasy, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, or simply a semi-gothic pot-boiler of the early 1900s, meant only for an evening's thrill? Fans argue and debate to this day. Many read more into the story--parallels with famous cases of the day, for example, or seek real people the characters might have been based upon. Others go to great lengths to research possible medical conditions to explain the Phantom's deformities. Some see it as an urban myth, while others become devoted to seeking evidence that the Opera Ghost "really existed." As for myself, I believe it only to be a fictional tale.

The Red Rose series of phictions were written during my infatuation phase with Phantom, and show it. I have often debated if I should go back and rewrite them someday, but they seem to appeal to many fans, so perhaps I should let them be what they are--a starry-eyed reworking of the story to have a happy ending, with my Erik of that time a lonely and gentle but essentially sane man, shunned and misunderstood. Since then, I've written one humorous story for a friend--a tongue-in-cheek commentary on phandom, and forced myself to do a vignette as close to Leroux's style and concept as I could. It was, I'll admit, a challenge to let Erik die at the end of that piece. My current project, Second Chance, is unfinished due to real-world issues and time constraints but also a sense that I don't really know how I want to complete this story. Perhaps it will end well...but my current version of it does not.

As for my fantasy novel, I am to this day hesitant to show anyone my real writing. However, as I wanted some feedback I tried the same writing style out using the Phantom as the subject material. Writing phics led to posting them on Fan Fiction Net, which led to the development of my website. Eventually I grew bold enough to post on the assorted phan-phorums as well...and the rest is history.

If you read any of my offerings below, do please leave me a review. I am always interested in what readers think, and am constantly trying to better myself as a writer. Your opinions are important to me!

I am sorry, everyone, that it is taking so long to update everything...between work, the real world, and my online life, my writing is suffering badly. Bear with me, please! I've not forgotten Second Chance or the Night Encounters...

~Riene

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The Innocent by The Grasshopper reviews
COMPLETED. A dark, modern retelling of the original tale.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Horror/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 57,970 - Reviews: 650 - Favs: 340 - Follows: 52 - Updated: 12/26/2007 - Published: 11/4/2003 - Complete
Sweet Intoxication by T'eyla Minh reviews
15 years after the events under the Opéra, Christine de Chagny heads out into a stormy night to face her demons... Part Thirteen, at long last: a very important chapter, this one. I've kept you all waiting FAR too long... Enjoy.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 33,145 - Reviews: 112 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 4/4/2007 - Published: 4/24/2003 - Erik, Christine
Only Love by Midasgirl reviews
Set after ALW - Christine and Raoul have married, and all seems to be going well. But fate will not allow Erik to forget her, and after the honeymoon, tragedy may offer him a second chance to win her back ...
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 56,556 - Reviews: 312 - Favs: 113 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 4/17/2005 - Published: 2/2/2003
Darkness Purged to Light by The Scorpion reviews
What if POTO had taken place in modern times and Erik was arrested and put on trial for his crimes? How would the modern world deal with Erik's sins? How would Erik deal with imprisonment after he let Christine go?...And Christine?
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 13 - Words: 56,848 - Reviews: 229 - Favs: 83 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 1/13/2005 - Published: 12/17/2001 - Erik, Christine
How Long Should We Two Wait by Midnight Rain1 reviews
Christine is haunted by her dreams and the past. A move back to Paris seems that it will amend things, until Christine finds herself in terrible danger. Can she be saved? Can the past ever truly be forgotten? E/C eventually
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 29 - Words: 87,414 - Reviews: 330 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 8/18/2004 - Published: 2/7/2003
A Story of Love by L'Ange de Mort reviews
“From time to time certain bone structures are repeated without a blood tie. No human face is entirely unique, my dear. I daresay somewhere in the world there may be another poor devil who looks like me,” says Erik to Christine. How right he is.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 26,069 - Reviews: 163 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 3/17/2004 - Published: 1/15/2003
Fade to Black by Stephantom reviews
After sending Christine away with Raoul, Erik is left alone in his underground house to reflect on his life...
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,256 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/25/2003 - Published: 2/25/2003 - Erik - Complete
Reunion by Scarlett Rose reviews
*COMPLETE* A unexpected reunion jolts Christine and Erik. Fluffy but fun! This story began as PG13 but rapidly escalated into an R rating. It is not possible to accurately portray such a passionate character as Erik in muted terms.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 26,737 - Reviews: 209 - Favs: 252 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 6/23/2003 - Published: 6/3/2003 - Complete
PointCounterpoint: Erik and Christine by Madrigal reviews
This short piece in two parts brings Erik and Christine into conversation with each other even though they've just said their final goodbyes. Based on ALWKay.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,427 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 4 - Published: 6/20/2003 - Erik, Christine
A Touch of Heaven by BeatlePhan reviews
An incident from his past causes Erik to have nightmares; this is my short story version of the event that led to the nightmare described in
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,299 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/1/2003
Farewell by BeatlePhan reviews
Just a little poem I wrote some years ago...
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 58 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/28/2003
Bishops and Blueprints by debubs reviews
A one shot book fic set in Erik's days in Persia. The Persian comes only with a warning, only to end up in a short game of wits... and stumbling upon a deadly plan.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,016 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 7 - Published: 3/18/2003 - Complete
Once Upon A Time by Kates reviews
Clarice is an unusual girl, even in the highly unusual time of the Renaissance in France. But when she meets up with a mysterious, masked nobleman, will her life become even more unusual?
Fairy Tales - Rated: K - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 24 - Words: 93,267 - Reviews: 241 - Favs: 120 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 3/14/2003 - Published: 1/10/2003 - Complete
A Christmas Carol Phantom Style by Victoria Micheal reviews
What happens when the spirit of the real Phantom comes to visit Lord Andy on the subject of the Phantom Movie?
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 906 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/18/2003
The Best Laid Plans by Midasgirl reviews
It's time for Christine to return to the Opera, and an encounter with Erik would seem to mend the past - but the managers have a plan of their own.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 12 - Words: 34,603 - Reviews: 127 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/27/2003 - Published: 9/24/2002
The Phantom of the Opera, Retold: Act II by Kates reviews
New scenes added, changes made The second act of the characters' very own retelling of this tale.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 42,695 - Reviews: 67 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 1/19/2003 - Published: 12/17/2002 - Erik, Christine - Complete
A Phantom Question by meganphntmgrl reviews
Very old Phantom poem. Very childish. Approach with caution.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 217 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 8 - Published: 1/10/2003
Love Comes To Those Who Believe by Stemwinder reviews
In Susan Kay's novel "Phantom" Erik asks Christine to marry him, and she could not find the courage within her to answer. And then the wheels in my mind started turning, what if she had found the courage to say yes? *Complete!*
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 23 - Words: 57,081 - Reviews: 231 - Favs: 181 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 1/5/2003 - Published: 12/6/2002 - Erik, Christine - Complete
The Phantom of the Opera, Retold by Kates reviews
Reposted after some massive editing. The tale of all things Phantom is spun, as seen by the characters themselves. Enter my world, mes amies, with your hand at the level of your eyes and before you go, do please leave me a note.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 11 - Words: 43,917 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 12/15/2002 - Published: 12/11/2002 - Erik, Christine - Complete
A Song Through the Night by Yukito-sama reviews
For the last 2 Chapters read A Song Through the Night Continued. Erik lives beneath Paris Opera House, writing a an untitled opera and taking fun in runing the opera as the Opera Ghost. He comes across Chrisitne one night and vows to help her in any way.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 26 - Words: 49,720 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/16/2002 - Published: 9/15/2001
Masquerade by Midasgirl reviews
Pure sap :) Christine is at the company's annual masquerade ball ... but when Raoul is called away unexpectedly, who knows how the evening might turn out?
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,826 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 35 - Published: 7/12/2002
Nothing Left to Lose by Midasgirl reviews
Set directly after Susan Kay's Phantom ... Raoul begins to show his true colours, Christine wonders whether she's made the right decision, and Erik? Well ...
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 31,461 - Reviews: 226 - Favs: 100 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 2/24/2002 - Published: 9/18/2001
Soft Caresses in the Night by Ki-Chan1 reviews
A little poem I did one night, rather nostalgic. Spoken by a regretful Christine. Please r&r Thanky! ::blows kisses::
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 275 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/1/2001
Phantom Poetry by LabyLoverLaurie reviews
Five Phantom poems, written while listening to the Broadway soundtrack when I was 14-15.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 452 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/24/2001
Night Journeys by Veronique reviews
A late night carriage ride leads to conversation, and some realizations...
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,408 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 4 - Published: 6/5/2001
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A Bit of Phic reviews
Nighttime, somewhere in France, afterwards...
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 274 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/16/2009 - Complete
A Second Chance reviews
This will hopefully be a new novel, and is set immediately after the ALW musical. Don't look for it to get any happier for a while, though hopefully, it will end up as an E/C.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 14,331 - Reviews: 127 - Favs: 44 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 12/23/2004 - Published: 5/12/2003
The Music Lesson reviews
Christine has an evening's music lesson with Erik.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,654 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 7 - Published: 10/30/2004
A Red Rose Christmas Story reviews
Set nine years after my Red Rose story, Erik and Christine celebrate the holidays. Much sweetness and romance. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,995 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/8/2003
Chess Is A Game Of Strategy reviews
A game of chess leads to an intense conversation. This short story is part of my Night Encounters series, and is set immediately before the Il Muto and chandelier scene in the ALW stage play. Please read, and review.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,642 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/7/2003
Leroux Epilogue reviews
This short story is an addition to the original Phantom of the Opera novel, by Gaston Leroux, and remains true to its ending.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,934 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 11 - Published: 6/24/2003
Spiral reviews
Spiral is set immediately after A Walk in the Bois, and is a very short follow-up to that story. Please read and review.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 988 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 4 - Published: 4/20/2003
A Conversation in the Dark reviews
A nightmare leaves Erik unable to sleep. This is the second in the continuing series of Night Encounters, and is reposted after being removed by FFN. Please read and review.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,429 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/19/2003
A Walk in the Bois reviews
What begins as a pleasant evening out leaves Christine mildly injured. This is the latest in the Night Encounters series, and is another Red Rose "prequel." Please read and review.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,626 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/7/2003
Renewal of An Old Acquaintance reviews
Erik and Nadir Khan meet again in Paris, in an unexpected manner. Part of a new series of "Night Encounters", darker than my usual offerings. Please read and review.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,222 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 9 - Published: 3/21/2003
Red Rose 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: 232 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 3/16/2003 - Published: 2/2/2003 - Complete
An Evening Across the River Styx reviews
A very short vignette, E/C, and my first phic. Look for more from me soon. Please R/R.
Phantom of the Opera - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,211 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/20/2003