Relationship Challenge - E/C
From what canon?
Eh, most of them in one way or another. A special love for the ones in which Erik is not a psycho.
What kind of relationship? (otp, brotp, family bond, rivalry/enemies, etc)
Otp and brotp, “linked souls”.
What I like in it:
So. Soooo. Like many people here, I shipped them a lot when watching the 2004 movie for the first time as a kid, then revisited the story as an adult and realized they are not really a fairytale cute couple.
Well, when it comes to the original story and most adaptations, shipping them as a romantic couple feels just very wrong to me, if we are following the canon. It’s still a very fascinating relationship. Christine fears Erik but does not hate him, she wants to escape from him but at the same time she does not want to leave him to suffer alone. Erik seems to project all his ideals of love, that are not much based on reality as he never experienced it himself, on her and makes all these plans, all these fantasies, but at first he is also content in only spending some time with her once in a while, certainly not considering himself deserving of her. Their relationship brought something good for both for a while, but it was based on lies and deceit from the start. Then come the threats, the kidnapping, the emotional blackmail, the actual blackmail, and all the stuff. But Christine does forgive Erik in the end, and well I don’t really need to say how beautiful and meaningful the ending is as we all know it very well.
ALW shows this relationship in a much less creepy way, which makes it much more attractive for me, while still keeping the core of it. It still includes threats and blackmail, it is still based on lies, but Christine is more torn between her choices. And the power Erik has over Christine seems to be much less based on pity too. It is still not healthy in any way but it’s fascinating anyway.
Then there’s Y/K, in which this is my actual otp and I don’t even care. Their relationship is much more healthy, and not based on lies (only a few secrets) and Christine actually sings a whole song about loving Erik and. I am still mad about the ending, okay.
The same applies to 1990, but in there Christine’s feelings for Erik are purely platonic, and the kind of love he was looking for could also not necessarily be romantic, and once again, I am mad.
On the opposite end, we have 1989 and Erik’s unhealthy obsession with Christine. While it’s much simpler than the original, I also find this interesting in its own way. The whole “linked souls” things is special is one of my favorite concepts.
1943 is also fascinating, starting as a harmless crush of an older man for a younger woman, escalating to an obsession as he loses everything and goes to insanity. Not something I would ever ship in a romantic way, but interesting.
Nothing in 1962 and 1983 caught much my attention, and LND and Kay also don’t add anything interesting to this.
Then we had the what-ifs. What if Erik was a better person, what if Christine loved him back, what if they met in a different way. A lot of fanfiction explores these in a lot of interesting ways. I must admit that I like this pairing more in fanworks than in canon.
And in AU territory, I really like imagining many different possibilities of relationships for these two. I would like to read more about them as friends, in special.
In general, I think they have the potential to bring out the best in each other, and though this happens very rarely in canon, I still enjoy imagining it.
- Canon compliant
- (ALW) Christine always wonders what would have happen if she had stayed. She never finds out what happened to Erik, but she knows he wasn’t captured what gives her the biggest relief.
- (Y/K) If there’s one regret Christine has in life, it’s her reaction to seeing Erik’s face. She never forgives herself for it.
- (2004) Erik kept watching over Christine from afar, never daring to approach her or her family again. Well, he may have interfered one or twice for her children, but never revealing himself.
- (1943) Whenever she hears someone refering to Erique as a killer or a madman, Christine interferes and tell them they should remember him as the kind man and talented violinist he once was.
- Christine is very messy and disorganized with her things, which makes Erik very annoyed.
- They adopt cats. A lot of them.
- Erik has never been one to remember dates well, but he always remember every single one that has to do with Christine and gives her the biggest surprises every year.
- Platonic soulmates. They are platonic soulmates.
Fics I wrote about it:
For Now - E/C ending AU
Por Enquanto - For Now in Portuguese
I’ll give you a massage - fluff
Forever - 1989 post ending (not romantic)
Gymnophoria - Pre unmasking
Deepest Urges - Seduction scene of Don Juan Triumphant
Would you like some tea? - Platonic
Fics I recommend about it:
Devil’s Little Face - Family fic. Ongoing.
The Angel of Persia - A what-if type. Completed.
Seeing is Believing - A what-if type. Completed.
A Gypsy Caravan - A what-if type. Completed.
Creatures of Quirks - Married fic.
An Icy Grip - Hurt/comfort
A Touch of Comfort - Hurt/comfort
A Strange Bliss - Hurt/comfort
The Branded Heart - Modern AU hurt/comfort
Backstage - High school AU
His Other Half - Hurt/comfort
Vanity - Humourous fluff
Safeguard to Paradise - Hurt/comfort
Burn - Alternate ending type AU
The Talking Teacup - Fluff
among the stones - Post canon
Of Angels and Of Love - Fluff
A Walk in the Bois - Fluff
The Paint on his Skin - Fluff
Gifts and Wrappings - Actually a 4-shot. Fluff.
There are many other good ones but I am sleepy and too lazy to search for all