An introverted, slightly deranged Phan's cybershrine

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4:03 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii

Authors so frequently excoriate Christine for not wanting to stay with the Phantom, ignoring the fact that he lied to her for her entire life, stalked her, kidnapped her, abused her, terrified her, murdered people, sabotaged her workplace and the source of her livelihood, and threatened everyone she loved in pursuit of his own goals. Yet somehow, the idea that he did all those things FOR LOVE motivates many writers to forgive them, and to correspondingly bag on poor Christine for not responding with love herself, as if somehow the fact that he loved her meant that he was allowed to do anything he wanted to her and excused every terrible sin and act of terror he committed. It feeds into a very awful cultural idea that men who go out on a limb FOR LOVE should be rewarded by the affection of the woman they want regardless of who she is, what she wants or whether she has any interest in him, because she’s merely a reward for his devotion rather than a person who gets to make decisions herself; and therefore Christine is derided - constantly and without mercy, in this book - as a horrible selfish person who has committed the ultimate in sins by refusing to do what this guy wanted her to do just because he wanted it.

- Anne Myers, Return of the Phantom: Le Coeur Loyal review, 2014 (via absynthe—minded)

Yes to all of this! These are very important points. Erik did not *deserve* Christine. She was not his consolation prize for having a wretched life. No person, no matter how awful their existence has been, can use this as justification for laying claim on another individual.

Christine is a free agent. Leroux asks us as readers to celebrate her free will and to support her decisions. She sets boundaries for both Erik and Raoul, and it is clear that both men are following her lead.

Christine is also an incredibly kindhearted, generous, and empathetic person. She shows Erik the only genuine sympathy and affection that he has known in his life. She sees beyond the monster and acknowledges the man in him, and her kindness ultimately saves him.

The attack on Christine is ultimately an attack on women in general. There still exists in our society the notion that a man can lay claim on a woman regardless of her wishes. People who call Christine a “bitch” for not staying with Erik after he releases her, but instead advocating for herself and choosing to follow her happiness, are supporting this false notion that a man who has expressed his desire for a woman can effectively own her.

Gaston Leroux, a man writing more than a century ago, held more progressive and enlightened views than some of Phantom’s modern readership. Leroux was a feminist, and he wrote Christine to be the mistress of her own actions, and the chooser of her own fate. The strength of Christine’s will ultimately overcomes and triumphs, and even Erik acknowledges her will and does the right thing by letting her go. So rather than denigrating Christine for not sacrificing herself to this man who has been so destructive in her life, we should instead celebrate her for being an autonomous individual who makes choices that are in her best interest. (via fdelopera)

2:43 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii

"I’m too young for this conversation! I’m too young for this conversation!" (x)

They’re so cute omg <3 

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12:18 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii
tagged: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, phantom 2004,



the part of kay where erik gets poisoned is like, my favorite
i love strong characters pushed to their limits. i love seeing them be broken down
this might be why nobody has managed to make me cry yet, despite valiant efforts…

I love that part, too. We probably sound like sadists. :D But no, to me, that part represents Erik’s unquenchable desire to live. Despite his rhetoric about dying, I think the fact that he wills himself to pull through that testifies to the hope that he still harbors. He still hopes that there’s a chance for some modicum of contentment for him in spite of everything he’s lived through. That episode encapsulates his character in a nutshell: continually beaten down, yet continually determined to forge ahead. For what, he doesn’t know, but he senses redemption is out there, somewhere, and he never stops searching for it. He’s an amazing character study.

I agree! It’s a minor incident in my head when I read it, but it gives us such a powerful yet simple glimpse into his character. Love. 

10:18 pm, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii


Phantom of the Opera - Lindsey Stirling

One of my favorites <3 

8:01 pm, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii

Anonymous said: ALW Erik; 10




Hello, Anon! Sad ALW Erik doodle for you! Thanks for the prompt! ^^

"Sad ALW Erik doodle."

"Erik DOODLE."

"DOODLE," she says. 


Also, I’ve typed “doodle” too many times and now it doesn’t look like a real word.




12:05 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii


230 people attended the first backstage tour in the Sapporo production of “Phantom of the Opera”. 

They got to see some basic scene changes, as well as how the Hannibal elephant, the Il Muto bed and the candelabras worked up close. The different ideas behind the sound design was also discussed. 

The Sapporo production has extended its run until November 3, and offers new backstage tours on June 26 and July 9. There will also be a special 1000th performance celebration on June 21 (matinée). 

And if you’re a Shiki member, there is apparently a “Let’s dance and sing Phantom of the Opera” on September 15 and October 19!

3:01 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii
tagged: phantom of the opera,

cries the heart ;                      
slay me.                   
 says the mind ;
          slay them.

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11:08 pm, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii



My darling raoul
How I wish you were better treated in novels

Raoul de Chagny, victim of bad film and phanfic characterization for the better part of a century.

1:27 pm, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii


If by Muirin007

Erik Charles Renaud (13 December 1838 - 20 June 1923) was a French composer, tenor, writer, painter, sculptor, illusionist, inventor, engineer, and architect. Renaud’s work is revered for its ingenuity, and is widely considered to be at the forefront of Romantic music. His innovative and expansive canon consists of over 200 operas and instrumental works.

His decade-long collaboration with Charles Garnier similarly revolutionized architecture and led to the construction of the Opera Garnier, while his contributions to early sound-recording technology produced some of the first high-quality recordings of famous voices of the day, including those of his wife, soprano Christine Daae, and several of his own.

Renaud’s voice was revered for its haunting resonance and remarkable range, and was sought after by hundreds of theater directors across the world who were well aware that an opera bill bearing Renaud’s name would herald sold-out audiences. Queen Victoria herself was one of Renaud’s most ardent admirers, and would later call his voice “the only sound that brings me true solace” and “divine proof of God’s presence on Earth.”

Renaud met soprano Christine Daae while he was attending an 1880 concert series at the Garnier. Daae was then a member of the chorus and played a fairly insignificant role, but Renaud was “utterly taken by her delicate beauty and the crystalline tone of her voice,” according to a letter he penned to Charles Garnier several weeks after the performance. Renaud, “trembling like a damnable fool,” approached Daae several weeks later and remarked on her voice’s great potential, offering “to serve as her tutor, if she would permit it.” Daae was flattered and accepted, and over the course of her lessons, would strike up a close friendship with the composer who she called, “The loveliest man in existence.”

Under Renaud’s instruction, Daae’s voice blossomed into one of the finest of the era, and the couple’s love deepened considerably. After her debut performance in an 1883 production of Faust, Renaud proposed, and the two were married that spring. They went on to star in several operas together, and Daae remained her husband’s “muse, life, and soul” throughout their marriage. The couple bore two children, the noted composer Charles Renaud II, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annalise Katrine Renaud. The latter wrote of her parents in the forward to her 1934 bestseller Le Réfugié:

…they were the happiest couple I had ever seen, yet theirs was more than mere happiness. It was as if they were one in the same, and, intensely devoted and endlessly loving parents though they were, Charles and I knew they shared something separate that we could never be a part of. It was present in the small, secretive smiles they shared, the glittering gazes exchanged over the dinner table, the infinitely gentle way my father would take my mother’s hand in his own and then look up at her as if he could scarcely believe she was there.

Renaud died in the summer of 1923 from natural causes, leaving a legacy of contributions—and a legendary name—in his wake. His massive list of accomplishments and great intellect caused his contemporary Charles Gounod to dub him, “The last true Renaissance man, and the only genius I have ever known.”

(Above Right: An 1881 photograph taken of Renaud in his Paris studio. His wife found it to be “a charming, handsome likeness” but Renaud, displaying his famous wit, quipped, “I’ve yet to discover why the fellow in that photograph looks so utterly pleased with himself. With a face like that, it would be hard to be pleased with anything.”)

10:45 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii

letyoursoul said: I challenge you to pick one single favourite nail polish of the ones you own. GO


oh dear. I have so many that are amazing, but my #1 spot has to go to The Lady Varnishes “The Phantom”

I’m too lazy to find my own swatch on instagram, so here’s one from her etsy:

It’s beautiful, complex, and themed around one of my favorite things.

[she has since released 3 more Phantom nail polishes and I waaaant them!]

2:22 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii





How to sell de Mattos to Twilight fans

Father once spoke of a vampire…


2:11 pm, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii

The Phantom of the Opera

Illustrations from Reader’s Digest Dead Good Read
Part One

Is it just me, or are the clothes in the first two photos VERY modern? For example, Christine’s purple gown shouldn’t have been showing her ankles, that would be scandalous at best. 

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if we can’t agree raoul on one knee talking to the love of his life is super cute,we can’t be friends.

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12:55 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii

12:55 am, reblogged by thepluralisphoenixii