Originally posted by Zelda de le Fantome
Yes, I've heard it's pretty awful. Apparently, according to the author, Gaston Leroux didn't get it "right" when he said that Erik died. What the hell? And Andrew Lloyd Webber even backed this story up! I don't get it. I just don't get it.
~ Zelda de le FantÃ´me
Frederick Forsyth based his book off of ALW's play, I believe. He didn't even acknowledge some of the concepts discussed in Leroux's novel. There was no Persian, and the description of Erik's mask sounded identical to the one used in the play.
In the author's note at the very beginning, Forsyth came up with a bunch of reasons why ALW's version was superior to Leroux's, lightly insulting Leroux's technique and style in depicting the story. I must say, I do prefer ALW to Leroux, but I have due respect towards Leroux, being he is the original author and everything.
I don't think Forsyth correctly portrayed Erik and Christine's relationship...his description was more similar to the Lon Chaney version than either ALW or Leroux. And Erik wasn't really...Erik
in POM. He gave up way too easy, was way too obsessed with money, and had way too little time spent narrating in the book itself. The novel was comprised of other people (most of whom the reader has never heard of) telling the story of Erik, and therefore it lacked that necessary personal quality seen in ALW, Leroux, and most particularly, Kay.
~Erik is my Hero