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The Phantom of the Opera: Comparing & Contrasting Gaston Leroux's Book to the Movie Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musical

  The Phantom of the Opera Plot Summary Originally written as a serial story for the Le Gaulois newspaper, The Phantom of the Opera was released as a novel in March 1910.  It remains as captivating today as it was then thanks, in part, to the enticing score composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber that debuted in 1986.  In 2004, Joel Schumaker's film adaptation of the musical provided a chance for everyone to experience this thrilling and chilling romance.  The Phantom of the Opera is a gothic tale about a deformed musical genius who "haunts" the Paris Opera House.  He lives in a secret lair of his own creation by a lake in the deepest recesses of the opera.  The Phantom, whose real name is Erik, becomes obsessed with Christine Daaé, and under his tutelage, he prepares her to be the next prima donna of the opera in place of the current soprano, Carlotta.   Thinking the Phantom is the Angel of Music her father promised to send her when he went to heaven, Christine blindly submi
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"How I Saved the World" by Jesse Watters Is a Fun Book to Read--It's Politics without the Stress

How Does Jesse Watters Save the World? Jesse Watters started at the lowest rung of the Fox News Channel ladder--literally in the basement.  His Watters World segment on Bill O'Reilly's show, The O'Reilly Factor , launched him in the right direction.  Not only did he become a panelist on The Five , his weekly show, Watters World , evolved into the weeknight program, Jesse Watters Primetime . How I Saved the World is Watters' first book, and if you've followed him for any length of time, you won't be surprised that it's mostly autobiographical.  Watters is simultaneously cocky, confident, and self-deprecating--a combination that's endearing to fans. In his playfully narcissistic manner, Watters shares how he has used his journalistic skills and his platform to save various aspects of our culture.  Each chapter provides a detailed account of his heroic exploits for the American people.  According to Watters, he's responsible for single-handedly saving

Review: "Butterfly Sisters" by Jenny Hale is Creating Quite a "Flutter!"

Butterfly Sisters Plot Summary Leigh Hendersen doesn't realize how much her identity is wrapped up in her career until she unexpectedly loses her job to someone who is even better at commercial property management consulting than she is. Reeling from the blow, Leigh answers her mother's summons to join her and her estranged sister, Meredith, at the family cabin at Old Hickory Lake.  Having spent each summer and most holidays at the lake with her Nan, Leigh's best childhood memories are tied to the cabin; however, with her Nan now gone, Leigh has avoided the cabin for eight years, unable to face the painful loss. Leigh and Meredith couldn't be more different.  Leigh is educated, grounded, successful, and family-oriented.  Meredith is a free spirit who is too restless to stay anywhere for long.  No one knows what Meredith even does for a living because she is distant, having walled her family out long ago. Leigh's mother shares shocking news with her daughters concer

Valentine's Romance GIVEAWAY ALERT: Emma Lynden's "The Holiday Plan" (Kindle Edition)

We're Celebrating Valentine's Day with a Kindle Book GIVEAWAY!   Emma Lynden is a debut author whose stellar new romance takes place during the ultimate season of love--Valentine's Day!  The swoony novel is titled The Holiday Plan , and you can read my full review here . The plot of The Holiday Plan is magical: Valentine's Day is full of painful reminders for Verona Scott, a romance novelist who has trouble believing happily-ever-after exists.  To escape all the heart-shaped, pink and red symbols of the season, Verona holes up in Courtington Castle, a luxury hotel near the quaint town of Camelot Creek, located in the valley of the Adirondacks.  She's hoping the picturesque backdrop will lead to much-needed literary inspiration, since best-selling romance novels are hard to write when drawn from a well of personal heartbreak.  Verona is horrified upon check-in to learn a match-making retreat headed by the king of happily-ever-after himself, Troy Turner, coincides

Emma Lynden's New Book "The Holiday Plan" Is Perfect for Hallmark Movie Lovers

The Holiday Plan Plot Summary   Valentine's Day is full of painful reminders for Verona Scott, a romance novelist who has trouble believing happily-ever-after even exists.  To escape all the heart-shaped, pink and red symbols of the season, Verona holes up in Courtington Castle, a luxury hotel near the quaint town of Camelot Creek, located in the valley of the Adirondacks.  She's hoping the picturesque backdrop will lead to much-needed literary inspiration, since best-selling romance novels are hard to write when drawn from a well of personal heartbreak.  Verona is horrified upon check-in to learn a match-making retreat headed by the king of happily-ever-after himself, Troy Turner, coincides with her stay.  To make the best of a bad situation, Verona begrudgingly participates in the event for research purposes only, but the celebrity dating coach finds her to be an interesting and unusual challenge. As Verona wrestles with the loss of her dear Aunt Theoni, another person from

A Review of "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes --A Novel That Puts You on an Emotional Rollercoaster

Me Before You Plot Summary  Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who has never explored the world beyond her own small village.  After losing her job, she realizes she isn't qualified for anything lucrative, and not much is available in the midst of an economic recession.  Since her family relies on her financial contributions, she takes the least horrible job available--a companion and helper for a quadriplegic. Me Before You is book one of the trilogy, and it's also a movie. Will Traynor is used to living a big life.  As a former business tycoon accustomed to participating in extreme sports, traveling the world, and dating hot women, he finds himself unable to cope in the confines of a wheelchair with no use of his legs and arms, never leaving the annex of his wealthy parents' home.   After a rocky start together, Louisa and Will not only adapt to each other, they begin to fall in love, but will their love be strong enough to change Will's plans to end his suffering?