It’s always a delicate balance getting the Phantom of the Opera
horrifying, accurate to description, and yet biologically probable and
sympathetic*. For the moment I’ve settled into the idea with very pale,
translucent skin, no body fat to speak of, and a lack of a nose for the
‘living death’s head’ look. Especially given that in the book he does appear at times mask-less but with makeup and prosthetics, and comes across uncanny, but passable. I’ve always loved that the book juuuuust teeters on the edge of the impossible (for the most part).
So anyway, I’m still 16 somewhere deep down, and still have a huge soft spot for this novel (and the musical too… I’ve seen most adaptations, I had that phase… a BIG phase, but most don’t do much for me. Phantom of the Paradise is pretty great camp stuff though. Can’t go wrong with the Lon Cheney version either). I’d still love to see a book-accurate version of the story that is at times both as mysterious/gripping and as soft as it is. Anyway, I can talk Phantom for days.
*I mean, bearing in mind he is best summed up with: 'cool motive, still murder.’