Phantom of the Opera is a story first published in 1911 by Gaston Leroux. Since it's publication it has spawned various movies, a PHamous Broadway play and tons of obsessed crazy Phantom of the Opera PHans like myself ;)
The story of Phantom of the Opera is about a hideously deformed genius who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. He calls himself the Phantom, O.G. (for Opera Ghost) or Angel of Music to Christine, but really he's just a man. During the course of the story he battles for the love of Christine (an opera singer and engenue who can't make her mind), he battles Raoul an aristocratic FOP today he might be the equivalent of a Jersey Shore type.
Phantom Phans are crazy people. We are obsessed beyond belief with the story of Phantom of the Opera. We will do odd things such as see the Broadway musical 42 times and it's still not enough, blog about phantom of the opera, wish every aspect of our lives could revolve around phantom of the opera, when we go someplace to travel - phantom items are a necessity to pack, we have multiple versions of the soundtrack on our MP3 players, people who know us know more then they ever wanted to about phantom of the opera, we insist that phantom is our nickname, get phantom tattoos, spend a significant amount of time obsessing over phantom and still it's not enough - and the craziest thing I ever did was carry around a small phantom of the opera doll for a few years while I was in college. Many other phans have crazy stories of obsession as well.