Why is this my favorite book? I’ve always loved beauty-and-the-beast stories. The ability to love someone who’s unlovable is a remarkable strength.
The main theme of the book is if we don’t love people who are unlovable, it destroys them and can turn them into monsters. The books shows how Erik’s character (yes, the phantom actually has a name) progresses as a consequence of the way he was treated. One of my biggest problems with the musical was that they didn’t even touch on this topic until the last 15 minutes.