I just wanted to say that I agree with everything you said in the tags about people who prefer/only like/have only watched the 2004 movie. Thank you for saying it
Thanks anon ;)
And let me repeat what I said in those tags for everyone to hear.
I’m not okay with the snobbery with which some seasoned phans treat younger phans as well as the people who like the more mainstream Phantom adaptation that is the 2004 movie. On many ocassions, I’ve heard people call them ‘fake phans’ for liking it/only having watched it (I actually came across a post that did just that a while ago on my dash) BUT NO- it’s your right to like something over something else, and you preferences don’t have to be the same as those of the majority.
As a seasoned phan, I consider it my duty to encourage young phans to expand into the countless POTO adaptations/media that exist. Well, what do you think- that calling them ‘fake phans’ is a word of encouragement? Well, news flash, it ain’t.
Also, same thing goes for people who like LND. Now, I’ll be honest- I do bash Love Never Dies (oh, *and* the 2004 movie, in case I didn’t mention that above- I utterly despise them) and I do think it’s a complete joke of a musical (with the music being the only exception to that). HOWEVER, bashing a play/musical/tv show/movie/any-form-of-media-really ~is not the same as bashing people who like it~. You are free to express an opinion like “That- I like/hate that!” but it’s completely unfair and straight up rude to say something like “You! I hate you, because you like/hate ~that~!” That’s not an arguement, it’s a personal attack with no basis whatsoever.
Aaand same thing goes AGAIN, for people who like LND/the 2004 movie and bash people who don’t. No, guys *tsk tsk* it doesn’t work like that. You can like one thing, I can hate one thing, I can like another thing, you can hate another thing- we CAN engage in a healthy conversation, a debate, even, as to why we like/hate said things. You can even try to convince me why I should like/hate the thing that you like/hate respectively, and I could do the same. But I will never, EVER, put up with you bashing me and the thing I like/hate because it just happens to be the opposite of what you wanted to hear (and neither should you, when you are the one being bashed).
Oops, I wandered off the topic. Anyway, you *should not* bash people for liking/only having seen the 2004 movie. You should not call them a fake phan for liking/only having seen the 2004 movie.
If they like it, that’s great, it’s their right to have a preference that doesn’t necessarily agree with ~your~ preferences.
If they have only watched the 2004 film, chances are that they’re still young in the Phandom and will eventually start investing themselves in POTO more and more (cause god knows that the Phandom is a black hole that sucks you in but after that, you’re done, there’s no escape xD) and they’re bound to expand in time. That’s what happens in most occasions, that’s what happened with me, that’s what happened with numerous *seasoned* phans I know.
And even if they don’t, even if they still like the 2004 movie at all/ more *after* they’ve expanded, that’s also fine.
To sum up:
~YOU ARE NOT A FAKE PHAN IF YOU’VE ONLY WATCHED THE 2004 MOVIE~
~YOU ARE NOT A FAKE PHAN IF YOU LIKE THE 2004 MOVIE~
~YOU ARE NOT A FAKE PHAN IF YOU LIKE THE 2004 MOVIE MORE THAN YOU DO ANY OTHER POTO ADAPTATION~
There’s no such thing as being a fake phan. We all share a genuine love, a burning obsession, a flaming interest for and in “The Phantom of the Opera”, and that’s all that matters. End of story.
*takes deep breath*
I am now at peace.