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'Letters to Erik', an imaginative retelling of 'The Phantom of the Opera'

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Many classic novels inspire prequels, sequels and retellings by new authors decades after the publication of the original work. This trend has been particularly popular in the past few years. In this age when a bestselling novel is so often just the first installment in a series, readers find it difficult to let go of well-loved characters and a provocative storyline after just one book.

A perfect example of this trend is An Wallace’s novel Letters to Erik: The Ghost’s Love Story, picking up where Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera left off. It seems that Erik’s love for Christine transcends death itself in this imaginative follow-up, in which Christine, now married to Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, is overcome by guilt over not being able to keep her promise to Erik, to return and bury him upon his death. In desperation she starts to write letters to Erik’s ghost and amazingly finds that he has not left her, after all. Given the mystery, ghostliness and impossible love story of the original book, the premise of this tale should appeal to many Phantom of the Opera fans.

Other books inspired by The Phantom of the Opera include retellings titled Phantom by Susan Kay and The Opera Ghost Unraveled by Michelle Rodriguez.

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