The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, was my the first book I ever read back when the reading craze took hold of me at age 13. I was fascinated and wide eye by the creepiness, by its mysterious air and nature. I wrote a book report on it for ESL and it has since held a dear spot in my heart.
Erik's madness is legendary just as Christine's voice that made him fall in love. The tragedy of Erik's face, Christine rejecting him and him in a final show of true love at the end lets her go and request that she comes back and bury him. A desperate man, disfigured and unloved falling desperately in love with a young soprano who sings like the angels. Obviously my liking for dramatic story lines and tragic characters has held fast on me for years to come.