What's up Wednesday!
I love this story and we’ve seen it before when we were in London. The score is lush, the production so richly imagined with period costumes and special effects. But after we left the theatre last time, my DH was shaking his head.
He didn’t get it.
The story didn’t make any sense to him. I told him that’s because it’s about female sexuality. Phantom of the Opera is a story of the ultimate bad boy and even though I avoid bad boys in real life, I thoroughly understand their allure.
A bad boy is attractive because no matter how bad we may want to be, he’s “badder.” We can’t shock him. He’s often deeply wounded and we ache to make it better. He’s exciting in the same manner as a hurricane or volcanic eruption. There’s no controlling him. The bad boy is often emotionally distant and unable to commit. His allegiance is always in doubt.
So why in the name of all that’s sensible would a woman want one?
Because we think we can save him. We think we have the magic that will heal him, reform him, mold him into the kind of man we can launch our souls on… but still enjoy the excitement of the forbidden.
There’s a reason why romance is, in some ways, fantasy.
So I’ll go to see Phantom of the Opera tonight. I’ll sigh a bit over the desperate, consuming love the Phantom offers Christine.
But I’ll be ever so grateful to be running away afterward with my DH. Maybe I’ll be able to explain the story to him this time…
Mia’s own bad boy story is coming soon in IMPROPER GENTLEMEN. Rosalinde Burke must marry a respectable gentleman or her great-aunt won’t settle her father’s gambling debts. The last thing she needs in her life is a scoundrel. Aidan Danaher has ‘the Knack,’ the Celtic gift of planting a thought in another person’s mind, but he also has a knack for trouble… the kind of trouble every woman secretly wants.
Do you have any escapes planned for this summer? Any special evenings on your calendar? I’d love to hear about them.