Phantom is a 1990 novel by Susan Kay, based on The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, with obvious influence from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. It chronicles the title character's life, from birth to death. The story is split into seven sections, each narrated in the first person by a different character.This version is reputed as being the second most popular (the first being the original novel itself) literary adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, even going into the realms of Ascended Fanfic.
Most of the tropes in the original novel and musical apply. Specifically, this book contains examples of:
Abusive Parents: Madeleine, though portrayed more sympathetically than most.
Adaptation Expansion: Oh yes. Almost the whole of Erik's life is fleshed out, the daroga gets a name and expanded backstory, and the novel even goes beyond the original story's finale.
Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Invoked by Erik twice to his master, Javert. Once when he begs to go home/get his mask back. The second time occurs when Javert tries to rape him. Made worse by the fact that this is type 2.
Angry Mob: One shows up at the gates of Erik's childhood home.
Artistic Stimulation: The Khanum provides Erik with hashish in the hopes that it will "inspire" him to develop more new and twisted methods of torture.
A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Fed up with Luciana's pesters, insults, and commands to see his face, and hurt by Giovanni's order to unmask himself, Erik snaps at them and pulls his mask off. Horrified, Luciana runs the opposite way and falls to her death from the roof.
Backstory: Quite a lot in Erik's case. Nadir's as well.
Fate Worse than Death: Erik fears this at the Romanis' hands after Dunicha says she'll frame him for rape, leading to his decision to flee the camp.
In Persia, one man has candles stuck into holes in his body. He's then dragged around the city before finally being put to death.
Dr. Barye plans to send Erik to a mental institution, something the latter considers this trope.
Flanderization : A lot of people who love the book hate Kay's portrayal of Christine. While in the original novel Christine was rather naive and childlike at some points, she was still a fundamentally sensible and strong willed young woman who stood up to enormous mental pressure on all sides. In this book, however, it's flat-out stated she'll always have a child-like mentality and need a man to take care of her: "Whoever marries Christine is going to have to play the role of father as well as lover."
Force Feeding: Javert shoves food down Erik's mouth when the boy refuses to eat.
Foregone Conclusion: Erik running away from home, the horrors in Persia, Nadir's exile, the events at the Opera House, etc. The majority of Erik's youth in general- anyone familiar with the original tale knows it will not end well.
Interrupted Suicide: A pubescent Erik attempts to poison himself when he's feeling particularly miserable among the band of Romani. He abandons the idea after remembering that it would just lead to his going to hell.
As per the original, Christine tries to kill herself via head bashing. She's stopped.
Kick the Dog: The mob trying to assault Madeleine's home kills Sasha and severely wounds Erik.
The assassins going after the first vizier stab him to death viciously.
The Khanum executes the slave girl Erik sent away.
Kids Are Cruel: The local village boys in Boscherville throw rocks at Madeleine's home, often mocking her and calling for the "monster."
When Erik first wakes in his cage, some Romani children poke him with sticks, only stopping when Javert arrives and when Erik stops responding. Erik also mentions the children throwing rocks at him and chanting names whenever he walked by them.
Love at First Note: A variant. Erik immediately becomes obsessed with Christine after first hearing her sing because her voice is the most technically perfect thing he's ever heard, but she sounds completely soulless.
Near-Rape Experience: Erik has an extremely close encounter at Javert's hands. He manages to kill his master before anything else could happen.
Oedipus Complex: Erik's relationship with his mother is pretty twisted; then he goes and falls madly, passionately and irrevocably in love with Christine - who happens, by pure coincidence, to resemble Madeline exactly. Huh.
"Get up!" she stormed. "Get up, you spoiled, sniveling brat! All your life you've been spoiled ... by your parents, by Charles, by me ... everyone pandering to Madeleine, dear, pretty Madeleine. Well, it's not enough simply to be pretty, do you hear me, Madeleine? It doesn't excuse you from human obligations. It doesn't permit you to poison a child's mind and cripple his soul. You should hang for what you have done to him since he was born ... you should burn!"
Sadist: Nadir mentions that the Khanum takes sexual pleasure in watching Erik kill.
Spiders Are Scary: Averted on several occasions: Marie asks Madeleine not to kill a spider because it "can't help being ugly" and Erik mentions that he feels a certain kinship with spiders ("gorged on her triumph like a glutted spider", feeling jealous of spiders because even though they're ugly they get to mate). Played straight with Christine, who is terrified of a large spider she sees during her fortnight with Erik to the degree that she asks him to also find and kill its mate.
Spoiled Brat: Madeleine - which does not help when she has to deal with trying to raise Erik; Luciana - which likewise does not end well when she gets a crush on Erik. Also the Khanum, in a sense, since she often behaves childishly and her life of luxury has definitely turned her rotten.