You are very harsh. I don't think you read this book for all it was worth. Its not about the actual story. This book is about the possibility of the Opera Ghosts existence. Leroux wants to create a proof of this monstrosity. The book wants you to think that maybe this lonely guy existed. And the book also shows you that everyone needs to be loved for themselves and that appearances don't make a person. Maybe if you cared about finding the deeper message you would enjoy the book more.