I bought this book on a whim and read it when I had nothing better to do, and it exceeded my expectations by far!
Its one of my favorite books, and at fourteen, I've read quite a lot.
The 19th century atmosphere didn't phase me at all (maybe because I've read Les Miserables?), though I suppose it might be difficult for some.
The book was well-crafted. I enjoyed Leroux's style; it was interesting to read it as if it really happened. It made it more relavent; if he had written it as if it were just some random made-up story, I don't think I would have been interested.
Some characters were a bit flat, but many were quite good, I thought.
Daee (Christine's father- a dead character, but a major one) and Mme Valerius were interesting.
I love the managers. The relationship they have with each other and the previous managers is great; I always enjoy reading the bits about them.
Madame Giry was wonderful too- I love how she wisely tells everything that she knows (lol).
Erik, the Phantom, was a satisfyingly deep and complex character. In fact, he's one of my favorite characters of all time! I find him fascinating.
Its very complicated- I had to read it twice to fully understand everything.
Its an excellent, exciting, mind-gripping book that made me cry at the end. I would recommend it to anyone.