The Phantom of the Opera Reading and Viewing Challenge – 2nd Update

It’s (somehow) July 1st, meaning we are halfway through 2020 already!  It has been a strange and unusual several months, and I hope you all are staying safe and well.  If you’ve been escaping from the weirdness of the present moment by visiting below the Opera Garnier, this post is for you!  At the halfway point of the year, it’s time to share about our Phantom of the Opera reading and viewing so far.

I started the year off with rereading Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera.  In the last few months, my Phantom focus has shifted to getting my own retelling out.  I published Nocturne (Guardian of the Opera Book 1) on June 5th, which was of course very exciting!  I’ve also recently reread Book 2 (which will be out in September!) and am currently midway through Book 3.

I’ve posted quite a few videos on Phantom topics, including a review of the 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie, starring Gerard Butler.  Check out my Phantom videos here.

Lately I also bought a Phantom-themed coloring book, and have been having a lot of fun with that.  Here’s a few photos, just because.


That covers my recent Phantom adventures – now I want to hear about yours! If you’d like a refresher on the challenge, check out the launch post here.  And please share in a comment below.  I look forward to seeing what you’ve been exploring this year!

2 thoughts on “The Phantom of the Opera Reading and Viewing Challenge – 2nd Update

  1. Just finished Susan Kay’s Phantom! I must say, I feel like I didn’t like it quite as much as I did the first time reading it. The first time was not long after the movie came out, and the movie was my first introduction to the story. So I’ve had… 15 years (yikes!) to grow older and have changing opinions. I really liked Erik’s backstory. All of his childhood and time in Persia. It’s good, rich stuff. Love the Persian. It kind of falls apart for me once it catches up with the events of the original book, and since that is the last part of the book, it overwhelms the great history before it. It just rubbed me the wrong way, and the relationship between Erik and Christine was just… not good. Very uncomfortable to read about. I also don’t much like it in any version when Christine has the Phantom’s child. I just don’t think that happened… would have ever happened. And poor, long-suffering Raoul! He deserves more than what he got in this book. Both he and Christine do. I do like to believe they lived happily together after Phantom business. And I think that is the difference in my feelings about the book 15 years on. I’m much more sympathetic to Raoul and Christine now than I was then.

    Anyway, now that I finally have finished that, I can start on Nocturne, which has patiently been waiting on my shelf! 😀 Looking forward to it.

  2. I’m not in on the Phantom reading challenge, except to read your book, which I enjoyed very much. Telling the story from Meg’s point of view, alternating with the Phantom’s thoughts, was a new “take” on it. I’m looking forward to getting the second book once it’s released. 🙂

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