So we’ve all heard of 30-day challenges, but most of them pertain to exercising and weight loss. Ugh.
You can imagine my delight when I came across a 30-day challenge that pertained to my greatest love and passion: The Phantom of the Opera.
Admittedly, I don’t know who created this challenge, but to whoever did so, kudos. I thank you. This is definitely my type of challenge. My good friend, Lisa, posted this in a group I’m a member of, and I was eager to jump on the bandwagon. I was going to begin the challenge tomorrow, but since Lisa took the initiative to begin it tonight, I thought I’d do likewise.
By the way, if one of you out there reading this happens to be the creator of this challenge, then please speak up, and I’ll happily give credit where it’s due.
And now without further ado…on to Day 1’s challenge.
How You First Learned About Phantom
I first learned about Phantom through the 2004 movie starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum (and Patrick Wilson, Minnie Driver and so many other fabulous actors and actresses, too many to name). I remember seeing the trailer for the movie during a TV commercial and thinking, “Wow, that looks really good! I want to see that when it hits theaters.”
Alas, life interfered, I forgot about the movie trailer, and I didn’t get to see it in theaters. I was probably too caught up with some high school nonsense back then. I was a wee 16-year-old girl myself in those days. Ah, sweet youth, but I digress…
When it came out on DVD, my wonderful father picked it up for me at a movie rental store (Remember when we used to go to movie rental stores to rent movies? Gosh, I feel so old now. Lol) thinking that it looked like something I’d like.
Boy, was he right. I watched it, riveted from the first dramatic notes of the overture. You know the ones I’m talking about. I watched it. Again. And again. And again. Obsessively until it was time to take it back to the movie rental store. We had it for five days, I believe, during which time I watched it with the subtitles on so that I could understand each word said and in every different language available so that I could hear it sung in French, Italian and Spanish. I memorized every detail of it and marveled at the beautiful costumes and lavish setting. I loved everything about it.
From then on, I endeavored to learn all that I could about the tragic tale of the masked musical genius known as the Phantom. So while I know there are many critics of the 2004 film, it will always hold a special place in my heart because it is how I was introduced to the story that is beloved by so many of us.
And now it’s your turn. I encourage you to join me on this 30-day Phantom challenge! How did you first learn about Phantom? Please feel free to comment below.