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Christine, I Love You (Raoul and Phantom Comparison)
Hadley Fraser and Ramin Karimloo
Christine, I Love You (Raoul and Phantom Comparison)

I love the difference between Hadley and Ramin’s interpretation of these simple lyrics. Each performance is so dynamic in its own way.

Raoul sounds like he’s saying the words for the first time. Realizing that saying them allows joy and happiness to flow from him. His words are sincere, but as he’s saying them for the first time, they sound sudden. As if he had been waiting for the moment to say them all his life. Raoul’s love brings freedom. A future. And vulnerability.

Phantom interprets the words differently. As much as he wants the lyrics to liberate him from his mental prison, the words enslave him more. He knows at this point he’s lost her. She’s gone and he’s left with 4 simple words. Words that remind him how much he’s had to let go. Nevertheless, his words are just as sincere as Raoul. The difference is that Phantom has imagined how the words will sound over and over in his head. He’s practiced it until he’s perfected the art of expressing his love - a love he was never shown. A love he’s had to learn because of Christine. 

I applaud both actors for taking 4 words and turning them into a love story that will never be matched. I could go on and on about this as these are my favorite lyrics from the musical. I love how something so simple can be analyzed so deeply. I love how something so ordinary can become so profound through music.

This is why I love Phantom of the Opera.

Beneath A Moonless Sky - Loved and Lost

Christine Daae has never been a restless sleeper, always able to sleep soundly through the night once she turned in. But, this night had been vastly different. She tossed and turned while her soon to be husband slept soundly at her side.

She rolled over so she was back to back with the Vicomte, and tucked her cold feet under the blanket. So much was going to change tomorrow.

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Hi guys! Here just to quickly post something that’s not Holmes related. 

A while ago I finished my Phantom of the Opera steampunk retelling “Kalos Machina”. And I just quickly wanted to give that story a plug if anyone in this fandom also happens to be into Phantom of the Opera. 

Above are three great art pieces based on the story. @charlesdances did the first portrait of an older Erik, @bam-o did the picture of Meg Giry (prosthetic leg and all) and just now that awesome picture of young Erik in Turkey/Persia was done by @boomsheikas-art-blog

I know it’s a bit self-indulgent and I won’t make a habit of it, but I spent a lot of time on this story and sometimes miss the universe within an already existing universe I created. Anyway, if this could interest you it’s up on ff.net here and on AO3 here. :)


I tried to do a “What would Phantom of the Opera look like if Tim Burton Henry Selick made it?” but then I got weary of my initial sketches and didn’t care for it any longer. 

Feel free to use the last one as a coloring page or something!