Beware! The “Phantom of the Opera Blogathon!”



“‘I had, no doubt, to do with a terrible, eccentric person, who, in some mysterious fashion, had succeeded in taking up his abode there, under the Opera house, five stories below the level of the ground. And the voice, the voice which I had recognized under the mask, was on it’s knees before me was a man! And I began to cry … The man, still kneeling, must have understood the cause of my tears, for he said, “It is true, Christine! … I am not an Angel, nor a genius, nor a ghost … I am Erik!”‘”

If these words cause a special feeling inside of you that is only felt by a true Phan, you have come to the right place! What I am about to announce is every Phans’ greatest phantasy, a blogathon dedicated entirely to all things phantasmic! Now, stay away from trapdoors, beware of shadows, and always keep your hand at the level of your eyes, because we’re off to the Paris Opera!

The Phantom and Christine 1

Calling all Phans to PEPS! This year, on September 23-25, I, Rebekah Brannan, will be hosting The Phantom of the Opera Blogathon. The title tells you exactly what it is. This blogathon will be dedicated to all adaptations, spin-offs, prequels, and sequels of the immortal tale The Phantom of the Opera! As devoted Phans, my sister and I could not let the 110th anniversary of the beginning of the original novel’s serialization in the newspaper Le Gaulois pass without some form of commemoration. Therefore, I invite you all to celebrate this wonderful event by joining and advertising The Phantom of the Opera Blogathon. Now, without further ado, let us observe the Phantom’s stipulations in the PEPS memorandum-book.

The Rules:

Dear Participants,

  1. Although our blog is strictly devoted to films and the Motion Picture Production Code, you may write a review of any adaptation of the story, be it book, film, play, or otherwise.
  2. I consider “The Phantom of the Opera” to be the gift that keeps on giving, since it inspires everyone who comes in contact with it to delve into it’s vast potential and create his own version. As you can see from the flooded market of phanfiction, this is not an easily exhausted story. Therefore, as well as simply writing a review of some adaptation of the story, I invite our participants to write an article on how their favorite adaptation of the story could be made into a Code film, with or without actors from the Code era, or even create their own Code-compliant adaptation. I strongly encourage you to exercise your creativity with this exciting suggestion. Who knows what new insights into the famous characters you may find if you delve into the cellars of the Opera!
  3. As another direct link to the Golden Era of Hollywood, you may breen one of the numerous film adaptations of this famous story.
  4. Although there are countless adaptations of the story in all the main mediums, book, screen, and stage, I am putting no limitations on duplicates.

Believe me to be, without prejudice to these little observations,                                                         Your Most Humble and Obedient Servant,                                                                                                                                                                      Opera Ghost

The Banners:

Below are the three banners I have created for this blogathon, representing the three main mediums in which this story has been immortalized. Please put at least one in your article, and use them to advertise the blogathon on your website.

Phantom Blogathon Banner 1

This banner shows the posters for the three classic film versions of the beloved tale. It may be used in an article about a film adaptation.

Phantom Blogathon Banner 2

This banner shows the posters for the three main stage adaptations of the timeless story. It may be used in an article about a stage adaptation.

Phantom Blogathon Banner 3

This banner shows the covers of the original novel and two phanfiction books. It may be used in an article about the original novel or another book adaptation.

The Roster Thus Far:

  1. Rebekah Brannan of The Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – The Singing Sweethearts in Yeston and Kopit’s “Phantom.” 
  2. Gabriela of Pale Writer – The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Phantom of the Opera (1943).
  3. MovieCritic of Movies Meet Their Match – The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
  4. Mike of Mike’s Take On the Movies – The Phantom of the Opera (1962).
  5. Eric Binford of Diary of a Movie Maniac – The Phantom of the Opera miniseries (1990).
  6. Tiffany Brannan of The Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Breening Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera as a 1949 film.
  7. James Brannan of The Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – “I Worked for the Phantom!”

We invite you all to join us at the opera for a phantastic weekend. Please use our banners to advertise the blogathon, and, once again, we strongly encourage you to awaken your creativity by making your own Code film out of your favorite existing adaptation, or, even better, your own unique take on the story. Join up and prepare yourself for a weekend of all things musical, romantic, and phantasmic, because the blog has been invaded by a Phantom!

Phantom Picture 1

Follow us to bring back the Code and save the arts in America!

We are lifting our voices in classical song to help the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment!

Only the Code can make the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment!



16 thoughts on “Beware! The “Phantom of the Opera Blogathon!”

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    • Dear Eric,

      That’s a great choice! I’ve always been fascinated by that version, because it was written by Arthur Kopit, and almost exactly follows the synopsis of the musical that he wrote with Maury Yeston. I am going to write about a fantasized film version of that very musical starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. We must be sure to compare notes!

      Thank you again for your participation! I will put your choice on the roster right away!


      Rebekah Brannan

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  4. Hi Rebekah, thanks for inviting me to this blogathon. I’m sorry to say my schedule is really busy at the end of the month, and I won’t be able to participate. But it’s a great idea, and I think it would be tons o’ fun.

    I’ll try to jump on board with your next idea.

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  5. Hello, Rebekah!

    I’ve never seen The Phantom of the Opera, so I think that it is time I do! I would like to participate by reviewing the 2004 version because I know that our library has it. Thanks!

    MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match

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  7. Hello! Thank you so much for being the first person to join my blogathon! I appreciate your participation more than I can tell you. Also, we will be happy to receive your Dr. Kildare article whenever you get it done. I’m very sorry that you haven’t been feeling well, and I hope that you will be feeling great again very soon!

    By the way, are you going to write one article comparing and contrasting the Lon Chaney and Claude Rains versions, or two separate reviews? Please let me know so I can put you on the roster as soon as possible!

    Thanks again!


    Rebekah Brannan

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  8. Hi! This is so exciting!! May I please write about the Lon Chaney and Claude Rains versions of the Phantom? 🌟 I also wanted to tell you that I am so sorry about not writing my Dr Kildare post yet. I will get that to you as soon as I can. My health as been rather bad of late, but I’m getting back on track!

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