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Tragedy inspires me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not one of those psychos who gets off on other people’s suffering. I demand happy endings. So when tragedy strikes, I want to rewrite it, change one little thing, one simple decision, pave the way to a happily ever after.
I love Phantom of the Opera, and I know part of that love stems from the pain, but I so wanted Christine to dump Raoul for Erik. Sure, the OG had a dark side, but give the guy a break. No one had ever loved him or cared for him. He drowned in his loneliness. He didn’t know any other method besides manipulation. His face was seriously messed up. You can’t blame the dude for using his enchanting voice and musical skills to try to coerce…er…woo his woman.
I bet Raoul couldn’t write an opera to save his life. A spoiled viscount who had everything, he would have found someone else to love him. It wasn’t fair. Raoul got his happy ending while damaged Erik spent his days alone in the darkness, longing only for Christine.
Is there a tragic story you love that you’ve imagined an alternate ending for, a HEA?