• <p> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>You:</b> Original Gangster<p/><b>Me, an intellectual:</b> Opera Ghost<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>

Listen, when I say that I like the Erik, I’m not saying I approve of everything he did, I’m saying I appreciate the complexity and intricacy that was put into his character. He was not only the protagonist, but also the antagonist of the story, therefore he’s GOING to do bad things. It’s perfectly fine for me to like a ‘bad’ character without having to explain it. Torment has an affect on people and it did on Erik, too. Please stop shaming people who appreciate his character.

The Phantom of the Opera. Gaston Leroux. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1911). First American edition, first printing, in original first issue variant dust jacket.

“I tore off my mask so as not to lose one of her tears… and she did not run away!…and she did not die!… She remained alive, weeping over me, weeping with me. We cried together! I have tasted all the happiness the world can offer.”