Are you intrigued by a masked man in the shadows? Love being swept away by stirring musical tragedies? Want to visit 1880s Paris? Then this challenge is for you!
Join us to venture below the Opera Garnier and across the underground lake for a Phantom of the Opera Reading and Viewing Challenge. Since Gaston Leroux’s first publication of The Phantom of the Opera in 1909, the story has been told, retold and continued dozens of times, on the screen, on the stage, and on the page. Get a little more Phantom into your life in 2020 by participating in this challenge to go exploring through the many versions of the Phantom. Maybe you’ll meet a new phan friend, or find a new version of the story to love.
I want this above all to be fun, so the rules (which are really more guidelines) are simple and, I hope, welcoming to all.
What Qualifies: Any book, movie or play based on Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, or an obvious sequel or prequel to the story. If there’s a masked man with a deformity in love with a singer, while hiding in an opera house, it probably qualifies. I’ve provided a (non-comprehensive) list of ideas at the end of this post. Rereads/rewatches are just as valid as new ones, although if you’re someone who watches the Claude Rains Phantom every Saturday, it still only counts as one. The exception to that rule is if you see a play version more than once in the year, with different lead actors.