Thanks to Andrew Lloyd Weber, most people hear the words The Phantom of the Opera and instantly think of an actor wearing a white half-mask and belting out “Music of the Night” on Broadway. However, Gaston Leroux’s original novel was not necessarily the sappy love story that Broadway fans squeal about. While the basic premise is the same as Weber’s musical adaption, Leroux’s book was more akin to Sherlock Holmes than anything else.
Leroux’s Erik (the Phantom’s real name) was not the tragic Broadway hottie who paraded around on stage, he was a 50-something year old man who wore a full face mask because he had no nose and literally looked like a walking, talking skeleton. The novel also had more of a “murder mystery” air and was much kinder to Raoul de Chagny, who was determined to figure out why his crush Christine Daee disappeared and was suddenly avoiding him.
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