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Phantom of the Opera in Fifteen Minutes

As promised: Phantom of the Opera in Fifteen Minutes. I'm still counting up the fundraising, but we'll have a final count soon. I'm already running late with the book manuscript, but this was a very quick write--it practically parodies itself, and it was fun, and a good palate cleanser.

ETA 4/02/05: Okay. I'm gonna try to be real clear about this. I really, really liked the movie. I liked the book. I have never seen the show, but I would probably like it, and I ended up really enjoying the music. I like the actors involved. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ME COMMENTS ABOUT MY "HATE" FOR THE MOVIE. The point of these parodies is "affectionate snark." The jokes are written with love. If I hated the movie, I wouldn't bother. If you think I'm not funny, that's one thing, but please don't leave me long screeds about how I didn't "understand" or "appreciate" the movie, because you're preaching to the choir. (Yes, I have received, and am still receiving, a lot of these. Two today alone, in fact.)

P.S. Please look up the difference between "heroin" and "heroine" before you complain about my "Heroine Addict" icons. It's a pun. It's supposed to be a positive thing. I'm not calling anyone a drug user. Thank you, and enjoy.

Oh, and since it always comes up: I never have a problem with anyone leaving comments. In fact, if you'd like, you can leave them in the comments for me to see. But please don't copy or repost the entire thing anywhere; excerpts and links are always fine, though.

ETA: Minor corrections have been made to dates and a couple of names.


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taliagryphon From: taliagryphon Date: February 2nd, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cleo darling, you've been plagerized

Sweetie, a friend of mine on another site found this link:


She's changed a word or two here and there, but it's your work. Just wanted to tell you. I'm going to write the moderators and let them know.


From: ggplp Date: February 3rd, 2006 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cleo darling, you've been plagerized

LOL Talia, see the post above ;) Thanks though!
From: phantomsgal Date: February 11th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)

This...is THE funniest thing I have ever read. Seriously, no lie. I could not stop laughing for five minutes...and, yeah...my parents thought I was, like, dying.
sinuous_curve From: sinuous_curve Date: February 19th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh. My. God.

That just made my day.

"They kiss for like, five minutes. It was a good kiss." Best line ever!
lilithsshadow From: lilithsshadow Date: February 24th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much! This made my day so much better. :D
From: angelusmusicus Date: February 27th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sheer brilliance!!!

Holy shit! |So funny! I applaud your hilarity! Well done!!! Mwah ha ha ha ha ha ha..........
misty_lady From: misty_lady Date: March 2nd, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

movie in the making?

Hey, I'm an amateur videographer and also an avid Phantom fan. I read your Phantom in 15 Minutes last year and fell in love with it. We are having a short-film contest here at school and I was wondering if you would mind if I did a film version of your adaptation. I'm still in the brainstorming ideas phase, but I wanted to check with you first to see what you thought (and of course, if you agree, you would get a copy of it if/when my friends and I get it finished).
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: March 2nd, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: movie in the making?

I've given permission for this kind of thing before, so have at it. Just make sure I'm credited in writing. : )
darkelfpoet From: darkelfpoet Date: March 13th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)



I die laughing now...

That was just so hilarious.


- Dep
theblackpython From: theblackpython Date: April 3rd, 2006 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, you made me like this movie more. I'm more than kind of a Phantom book (original book) and Original Broadway Cast fangirl, so the film did not please me, but this alone makes me actually want to watch it, ha.
__sui__generis From: __sui__generis Date: April 4th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Jesus, this is seriuosly the greatest thing in the entire world. I cried I was laughing so hard.

wow, seriously, Cleolinda Jones, you are my hero.
From: punkin589 Date: April 8th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was one of the funniest freakin' things I've read in a LOOONG time. I mean, I was laughing so hard someone in the next room told me it was annoying, after fifteen minutes of movieness.

If I quote parts of it, I'll credit it to cleolinda. Would that be sufficient?
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: April 9th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That ought to be fine. : )
crystallinevine From: crystallinevine Date: April 9th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
you pwn at life.
yozzles From: yozzles Date: April 21st, 2006 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
For one reason or another, I have refrained from commenting until now, although I want to make sure that it's not because I don't love them. I have introduced some of the people I dorm with, and we love quoting it at each other. I've even been asked to bring back a second copy of the book (I'm from New Zealand, and am travelling to Europe later on in the year) for a friend.

I've only just seen POTO (and Troy - thank you so much for making that movie bareable, btw. The classics geek in me wept at it all, and I love you all the more for your display of knowledge about things that actually occur, such as your Oresteia references etc.) and just finished the book as well, and now I love this parody even more. The comedy sheep were real (who'da thunk?) and so were the Dread Pirate Roberts ballet.
All in all, a wonderful piece of work, and thank you very much for each and every one of these parodies.

I can't wait to read the V for Vendetta one, but I am waiting until I see the movie first - it's bad enough to have shrieks of laughter combined with M15M quotes in a room with two or three people, so I highly doubt that a full cinema would be too pleased.

Keep up with all the wonderful work, and even though it is months away, I cannot wait to read the book.
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: April 21st, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, thanks. (People are always surprised to find out that I didn't make up the comedy sheep. Heh.)
widdlekiwi From: widdlekiwi Date: April 30th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Especially longlostHansonbrother!Raoul.
susieq46 From: susieq46 Date: May 4th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


I have a deep fondness for this book/musical/film, though I haven't yet had a chance to read the much-loved Kay novel. I laughed all the way through this. My friend and I read it out loud together and took turns with parts, as we do with some of our favorite parodies. I used it for a lighthearted break amidst some of my worst midterms. You're right about the movie parodying itself--as I said, I love this story, and I could watch the movie again and again (though I think I prefer the musical), but even without being a particularly funny film, there are plenty of comic targets. I think you've taken full advantage of those, though, without turning it into something crass or just a melange of forced caricatures. Not being a good humor writer myself, and having read several terrible attempts at similar parodies, I feel perfectly easy giving you my extremely rare 10/10 for this story. I look forward to reading more Movies in Fifteen!
jrs1980 From: jrs1980 Date: May 28th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Er, don't know what you'll think of this:


Just thought you should know.
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: May 28th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I did give permission to someone--I think? Someone asked me; I can't remember if I answered or not. It's probably them.
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