miniseries 1990

anonymous asked:

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.


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Here is the scene that made me realise I will forever love the 1990 Phantom of the Opera miniseries more than Alw’s musical. Notice how in this scene Christine admits she loves Erik, but she’s also very aware of the difference between platonic love and romantic love. I really like this adaptation because it acknowledges that platonic love exists and is just as valid as romantic love.

I’m going to start posting some of the ‘zine covers from my digitization project!  Some serious vintage Phantom fan stuff; some of these are literally over a quarter century old, and a very neat look at the fan community of yore.

Today, these are issues of The Mask: Tales from the Underground, published between 1990 and 1994; each has a front cover and a back cover with art.  The Mask was a fanfiction ‘zine containing stories revolving around both the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera as well as the 1990 TV miniseries The Phantom of the Opera with Charles Dance, and also stories about the 1987 TV series Beauty and the Beast with Ron Perlman in the title role.

I only have issues 1, 2, and 5 of this ‘zine, most likely because issues 3, 4, 6, and 8 are exclusively devoted to Beauty and the Beast and weren’t included in the package I was donated.  I haven’t been able to find a copy of issue 7, which is all based on Phantom, so if anyone has information about it, let me know!

Cover artwork, front and back, for all three issues is by Janet Meehan, although I haven’t managed to find any online presence for her to link to.

I had to resize these issue covers about ten times; archival-quality TIFF images, even when squashed down to JPG size, are a little too hefty for Tumblr to manage!

anonymous asked:

That Christine Daaé feeling when your Raoul abused you to hell and back, your Erik was the sweetest person ever, and a /certain song/ (All I Ask of You) ends up being simultaneously beautiful and unbelievably triggering. Also, the 2004 movie was SHIT, do not argue with me on this. 1990 Kopit miniseries for best adaptation!