It is received wisdom that in order to get a book published you should start by placing short stories in literary magazines. Like most received wisdom, this is hogwash…
Doing as others told me,
I was blind.
Coming when others called me,
I was lost.
Then I left everyone,
myself as well.
Then I found everyone,
myself as well.
- book: this character was really really ugly
- movie/series: no
— David Dennis, “Unpaid internships and a culture of privilege are ruining journalism,” The Guardian (via gracebello)
This is a subject that actually comes up on a semi-frequent basis between my boyfriend and I, and I’d love to hear outside opinions: He HATES the ending. He doesn’t understand why Christine leaves with Raoul, and the Phantom lets her. Now, he’s only seen the movie (Gerard Butler version) and seen it on Broadway (yes, I realize I caught a good one who actually enjoys musicals), while I’ve also read the book - which makes the outcome a bit more understandable (though I’m not too ecstatic about it either). Whenever we watch the movie he actually turns it off after ‘Point of No Return’…
I’m not quite sold on how I feel about it, so does anyone have any enlightening reasons why the ending is “better” or worse” than it could have been otherwise? Why did Leroux write it the way he did?
“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.”
- Henry Miller