This is going to sound incredibly silly but it’s the first thing that came to mind and that’s The Phantom of the opera. I don’t know what it is about this story but it has stuck with me the moment I discovered it while watching Wishbone. I kid you not, that is how I discovered it. I think it really influenced my taste in things and I’m fairly certain my love of deformed and/or insane villains/anti-heroes comes from my original love of the phantom/Erik.
It just fascinated me to no end and did not let go. I really got into it when I saw the 2004 film and then was like “woah there are so many version of this I must devour them all” and I did just that. I have seen every film adaption that I could get my hands on. I’ve read the books and even have albums of other musical versions aside from the one everyone knows. I can’t get enough of it. I honestly have no clue why and it disturbs my mother.
I was actually in a production of the ALW musical my senior year of high school and it was incredibly emotional to get the chance to live in that world for a bit. It’s magnetic. It is the first story that has truly grabbed me and not let me go. I don’t tire of it and I doubt I ever will.