Why we despise that Phantom…and love him, too.

 

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Recently I had the privilege of seeing the Phantom of the Opera performed here in San Francisco. Incredible music, dazzling stage effects, and the perfect villain…or is he the antihero? That question is the reason the Phantom of the Opera has resonated with audiences for decades. The Phantom is clearly the villian (he kills people, extorts money from the theater manager, terrorizes hapless singers/dancers) yet there is a part of us that wants to see him succeed in his ultimate goal…he wants to be loved. Yes, he’s evil, yes, he must be defeated so the innocent Christine can be with Raoul, but gosh, we empathize with the guy who was despised for his ugliness, spat upon by a world, unloved by his own mother.  He wants to be loved and everyone can relate to that need. Phantom, you are bad, but we love you. Kinda.

So let’s hear it for the antiheroes! Those stars of TV and books that are both good and bad, that make us want to love them, even while we know they must be punished. Can you think of any characters like that? Post your ideas and let’s make a list! Comments get you entered in the September contest for a signed book and Amazon gift card! 

3 responses to this post.

  1. Thomas on Downton Abbey. He says and does awful things, but then you witness his softer side, and he always manages to save the day when some dreaded incident occurs. I love his character.

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  2. Posted by Joye on September 21, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Tom Cruise he acts so strange at times and yet one still wants to see him perform in movies.

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