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GND182 - Entr'acte (Reprise) by Pika-la-Cynique GND182 - Entr'acte (Reprise) by Pika-la-Cynique
(End of the first day of Monster Hunter interviews, like Christine said; Round Two commencing next week.)


Interestingly enough, depsite the Parisian arc and what with all that memory-wiping going on, this is actually Erik and Raoul's first in-comic reunion...

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This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles. Not mine, not making money from it.

Christine, Erik, Vicomte Not-Frequently-Appearing-In-This-Comic deChagny (c) Leroux and Webber

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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I would think she would be flattered.
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Erik could always consider Dafoe over Chris.
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I'm doing some 'research', and now have more idea what the city was like *before* the war...

I wonder if Dennis Wheatley's Gregory Sallust WW2 spy stories would be any use? Pulpy enough, and the right era. "V for Vengeance" is supposed to be in store somewhere.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh. Well, good analysis, and again, on that "stable couples don't drive plot" remark. :cookie:
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oooh, you think you might actually write that??! Thanks for taking a demanding plotbunny to a good home!
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
"As has been pointed out in the recent arc"... 
*jumps up and down in the front row with hand waving in the air*  That was me! :shout:
 
But of course I'm still running 20-30 episodes behind any current character developments...

Yes, I grinned at the nod to Raoul's propensity for getting used as a damsel-in-distress :D  And it is rather sweet (unless you're a Manly Man fanatic -- but then, I liked Louis Hayward versus George Sanders, though Sanders is ultimately the making of the film given the vital importance of a good villain...)

The equal power-balance in that particular couple (and lack of gaming) is very refreshing, although from a meta point of view I suppose it only works for either 'background'/guest characters, or else for a pair teamed against an external challenge: otherwise no tension/conflict = no plot.

Upset Phangirls scare me stiff :( 
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been writing E/C/R pretty much solidly for the last few months (though I mainly tackle R/C: I don't feel I've really got a handle on the Phantom's thought processes), so my head is buzzing with 'meta' at the moment -- nice to have a legitimate outlet for it :-) And as I've just been writing Raoul-sympathetic "Love Never Dies" (it needs to be done by someone...) it's involved quite a lot of head-canon about how that marriage would actually work in practice (or could be made to work again, after undergoing ALW's attentions).

And so having now finished researching Surinam and the Hamburg-Amerika Linie in 1907, I've embarked on a course of Paris circa 1940... because I've still got your story idea nibbling away at the corners of my mind, and I'm still totally unqualified to write it... Unfortunately what's really wanted for this one is less the modern "The Sorrow and the Pity" line and more the de-Gaulle era Resistance mythology -- I need to print the legend, not the facts -- and I suspect it may prove hard to come by: what I need is a Jeffery Farnol/Rafael Sabatini equivalent. And I'm very aware that this sort of thing is politically fraught :(  Also, coming by detail on the collaboration side of it is likely to be tricky... I suspect I'm going to end up with some kind of cross-fertilisation from Arsene Lupin and the likes of Louis Hayward in "The Son of Monte Cristo", etc.

Part of the problem is that instead of having a plotline and researching setting, you effectively have a setting and need to research plot tropes for it!
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nothing personal about the rant, sorry.

It's just been waiting to come out for a while, and this was a convenient post to hook it onto...
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
- Ah yess. I loves it too, though the day I can come up with lines as sparklingly vicious as, say, 'Singing in the Rain's Don's put-downs of Lina, I shall be one happy writer indeed.

- Goodness, it's pleasant and refreshing to read some E/C/R meta. I try to do fairly by them though it's no secret my OTP is the glittery one. You seem to have caught on to most everything that I put in here for the catching... Sorry, I can't recall the musical snippet for you, though.

- besides narrative inertia, Christine has a thesis to finish before planning a wedding, for in-universe logic; in a more meta-savvy way, she now has the niggling worry that when they are in fact married, the 'Love Never Dies' storyline would be that much closer to kicking in...

- As has been pointed out, in the recent arc where Raoul gets the missing info and Deals With It, his character development has come at the cost of one humourously lost and befuddled character reacting to the Building's immense weirdness, and given me just another blasť snarker. It's still got novelty value at present; we'll see how that goes...
But then again - Christine does point out in that Rooftop incident that "this [getting taken hostage to sway her] just tends to happen to him, it's kinda cute really". I think there will always be caps to Raoul's crisis-solving aptitudes, and something of a seesaw balance with Christine about who gets put in distress and who does the badass rescuing at a given time, which seems a reasonable conclusion to draw from their canon, now Raoul has dropped the sneering aristo act and they are a refreshingly rare non-power-game-y couple (except whenever it amuses me to cause much-begrudged admiration for him from upset phangirls.)

- oh, how characterization - and status quo - doth march on...
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So many people seem to write words to the effect if "but if you read the BOOK, Raoul is a fop!"

Given that Raoul is in fact the main viewpoint character for large chunks of the book -- he is in fact the Dr-Watson reader-substitute figure for this particular mystery/thriller, which in fourth-wall terms is why Christine won't tell him anything: the author is trying to keep the readers in the dark -- it would be extremely obvious if he were a fop: we get to know everything he is thinking. He gives absolutely no sign of it whatsoever.

You might, with a bit of extrapolation, make out big brother Philippe to be a fop, although I don't think there's really any suggestion of that either...

If you read the book -- in any decent translation at least, which tends to exclude the out-of-copyright 1900s version which was massively abridged, losing among other things large chunks of Raoul's character and background development -- what you get is a portrait of a boy undergoing the agonies and humiliations of first love while having the misfortune to be mixed up in a bewildering and ultimately lethal kidnap plot. He is not a coward, he is not stupid (unless you count a certain recklessness towards his own welfare expressed in exploits like climbing out of a bedroom window -- presumably in his nightshirt -- to chase after Christine through a snowy churchyard, and nearly dying of hypothermia as a result!) and he is, in fact, quite right about the Angel of Music.

Raoul may be sensitive and musical, he may have about as much sexual and emotional experience as a modern fourteen-year-old, he may be in love with Christine and have shared her childhood fascination with  fantastic stories, but he doesn't believe in ghosts and has a pretty shrewd idea that mysterious male voices who tell young girls that they are angels are probably very human and are acting with ulterior motives in mind... and if Christine or Madame Valerius had believed him when he tried to tell them this, a lot of death and suffering might have been avoided :-(
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