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The Phantom of Les Andelys

The Phantom of Les Andelys

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Published by Aimee (Shemi) Petit
Many know the story of “The Phantom of the Opera”, or as it is titled in French, “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra”. This gothic romance/mystery was first set down on paper by a Frenchman, Gaston Leroux, in 1909 and was later followed by several screen adaptations and even a couple of stage plays.

In 1986, a composer by the name of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber brought the story to London’s West End. His telling of the Phantom’s story was wildly successful with the theater audience in both London and on Broadway in New York. In 2004, he worked with Director Joel Schumacher to bring his vision to the film audience.

“The Phantom of Les Andelys” is my own version of “what happens next” after the Phantom allowed Christine and Raoul to leave his lair. I have based it heavily, although not entirely, on Lord Webber’s 2004 film.

I hope you will enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it. While reading, you might want to keep in mind this quote from Leroux himself:

“The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood… “
Many know the story of “The Phantom of the Opera”, or as it is titled in French, “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra”. This gothic romance/mystery was first set down on paper by a Frenchman, Gaston Leroux, in 1909 and was later followed by several screen adaptations and even a couple of stage plays.

In 1986, a composer by the name of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber brought the story to London’s West End. His telling of the Phantom’s story was wildly successful with the theater audience in both London and on Broadway in New York. In 2004, he worked with Director Joel Schumacher to bring his vision to the film audience.

“The Phantom of Les Andelys” is my own version of “what happens next” after the Phantom allowed Christine and Raoul to leave his lair. I have based it heavily, although not entirely, on Lord Webber’s 2004 film.

I hope you will enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it. While reading, you might want to keep in mind this quote from Leroux himself:

“The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood… “

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Published by: Aimee (Shemi) Petit on Jun 30, 2012
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 Acknowledgements 
I must thank Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber for creating “The Phantom of the Opera” both on stage and on thebig screen; it is his 2004 movie version of the tale thatI love best. Also, I need to thank Lord Andrew for writing “LoveNever Dies”; Susan Kay, for writing “Phantom”; andmany members of the forums atPhantomoftheOpera.com; all of whom took “whathappened next” in a totally different direction, therebyinspiring me to write my own version.My heartfelt thanks go out to Patrick Wilson for hisportrayal of Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny in the 2004movie. He is the inspiration for the Raoul of my story.Patrick Wilson, you’re my hero.Gerard Butler, thank you as well for your portrayal of the Phantom himself. You are, indeed, a “sexy beast” in that role.Of course, I can’t leave out Emmy Rossum. You playedChristine Daae perfectly. Thank you for a stellarperformance!Last, but certainly not least, I must thank my husbandBob for his patience and understanding while I wasobsessed with writing this, and for giving me somegreat ideas to get over a hurdle in the story line; mysons, Robby and Sean, who put up with mommy’scraziness; and Jen, my editor-friend and fellow writerwho helped me clean up the story so it waspresentable. (You can find Jens stories athttp://bernadettegardner2.blogspot.com/)
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Disclaimer 
This story is rated R for sexual situations.Not exactly spicy, but not just sweet either.WARNING: THIS STORY IS BASED HEAVILY ON THE 2004 MOVIE AND STRONGLY FAVORS CHRISTINE/RAOUL AS OPPOSEDTO CHRISTINE/PHANTOM. BE PREPAREDTO HAVE YOUR OPINION SWAYED IF YOU ARE A C/P SHIPPER.
Dedication 
My writing is dedicated to the Ancient EgyptianGod
Djehuty
(also known as Thoth), the Ibis-headed Lord of Time, Writing and Wisdom.Djehuty is the patron of writers, teachers,accountants and all persons involved in thedissemination of knowledge, writing and/orcalculation.
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