Unpopular opinion on an adaptation?
Ok I’m about to make some people salty but I’m equally salty so. Here we go also this is my opinion it’s not something people need to be offended by.
I’m not a huge fan of *Leroux* movie interpretations.
People go around dissing ALW, the 2004 Movie, even LND —> (which I also don’t like, but for the sake of the argument) But then they defend anything with Leroux influences like it’s the holy grail of the phandom… and I’m just.. so what?
Leroux DID start the fandom and created the story, but over time the fandom has become this hierarchy where people have to agree or conform to the original story to be a *real* fan, in their treatment by the vast majority. And it’s quite frankly, ridiculous.
No one has to adhere to Leroux Canon to be a fan of Phantom.
I’m going to take the original silent film and the 1990 miniseries as an example.
Now, obviously, neither are entirely Leroux accurate, but they both take elements of it for the plot/deformity/what have you. And people praise them both like they’re these amazing adaptations, when the acting is poor… in my experience.
I’m not saying people can’t disagree, but really, I find it hypocritical that everyone praises these versions of the story with the poor plot lines and acting, or droll, rushed endings (particularly 1990 series).
I know a TON of people love the miniseries, and I do like it — but it didn’t say ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to me. It felt like a spinoff. The characters didn’t have chemistry to me, and I just wasn’t convinced by Dance’s phantom. While sassy, he’s just too soft and there is too little interaction between him and Christine. I’m not even going to get into the whole thing with his mother and the weird backstory.
All in all, people have a right to love the adaptations they want to. Whether that be the original canon, old adaptations, the musical, the 2004 movie, even LND.
And I think the general fandom seems to forget that.
Anyone who dares to like modern versions of the story is deemed an outsider, but if people love something then STOP pushing YOUR canon on them during discourse ? Not everyone falls under the category of Leroux because the story is so much bigger than an old mystery novel that started everything. Plus, I’ve seen newer fans treated terribly by certain unnamed individuals that enforce the Leroux canon and it’s appalling.