It is coming. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I can hardly believe how close opening day is; I literally get goosebumps every time I think about it. 14 DAYS AND COUNTING! But how do we pass the time until the coveted premiere? A Star Wars Marathon, obviously!
I know you’re all thinking it: “I really should rewatch the other ones first” (along with a pinch of “But do I have to watch Episode I?”). I say this before any new instalment of a series comes out. I must rewatch the movies before a new film hits theatres. I must reread the books when a new novel hits shelves. And I have the overwhelming urge to binge-watch every season of a TV show that previously aired before it makes its way back onto my television screen each week. The amazing thing about Star Wars is that there are 6 previous films (yes, I am assuming you will watch Episode I). This makes for over 13 hours of air time! Hurrah! So many adventures in a galaxy far far away! But I do recognize that the logistics of 13 hours and 11 minutes of viewing is a bit difficult, so I’m here to talk you through your 3 best viewing options!
Star Wars Marathon Option 1: Sporadic Viewings
What: With Option 1 you will do less of a “Star Wars Marathon” and more of a “I have time tonight so let’s pump out one or two movies, depending on how tired we are.”
When: Literally whenever you have time.
Who: This option is best suited to watching alone or with your spouse/roommate/significant-other/best friend… or, you know, just one other person.
Why: This is the choice for you if you (a) don’t have 13 hours straight to put aside, (b) can’t manage to stay awake through one movie (let alone 6), and/or (c) want the fun to last over the whole 2 weeks.
Marathon Tips: Make sure you ensure there is time to view all 6 movies! And if you are in doubt start with the originals (Episodes IV through VI). There will be nothing worse than running out of time and finding you only got to see the prequels.
Star Wars Marathon Option 2: The Weekend Viewing Party
What: It’s party time! This is a time to celebrate Star Wars. You will choose a two day period and spread the films out while hanging out with people whose company you enjoy (even if you hate everyone and that just means you hang out by yourself).
When: The weekend would work best. December 5-6th might be a bit last minute to invite people, and too far out from the new release too. Ideally you and your guests would set aside a 48 to 56 hour time period… December 11-13th would be perfect!
Who: Whether it’s a party for one, two, or 30, make it a party!
Why: This choice is for you if you (a) like to view with others, (b) want to expose someone to the Star Wars franchise for the first time, (c) need frequent breaks during movie marathons, and/or (d) want to really absorb everything that is happening in the one epic story-arc of the Skywalker family!
Marathon Tips: Seriously, turn this into a party. If you head over to our Pinterest account you will find a whole board dedicated to planning your Star Wars Marathon party, including food, decor, games, etc! Click the banner below to get there!
Star Wars Marathon Option 3: Pre-Episode VII Binge Watching
What: A 17-hour straight binge-watching session. This can be done alone or IN THE THEATRES!!!
When: When do you have 13 hours to spare? Preferably this would be the 13 hours before you first see The Force Awakens. If you are awesome like me you have tickets to a 17 hour marathon in a local theatre including The Force Awakens at the end!
Who: If done at home, then with whoever wishes to join. If being done in the theatre it is with whoever already has tickets with you, because these things are long sold out! Or, I guess, with whoever you can now scam a ticket off of.
Why: Nothing hammers the point home like binge-watching. You will be eating-sleeping-and-breathing this Star Wars marathon. Plus how epic is it to say you did it?
Marathon Tips: Comfort is key! If you’re at home, don’t be afraid to make a blanket fort or a nest of pillow in front of your television! If you’re in the theatre bring a pillow & blanket! Do it. Don’t worry that people will laugh at you. When I went to The Hobbit marathon (all of the films leading into the premiere of the final instalment) the guy next to me made fun of my blanket & pillow at the start, but admitted halfway through that he was insanely jealous of them. And no matter where you are: Dress appropriately!!! Want a pro-tip? Get some Hot Dame leggings. They are insanely comfortable & Star Wars themed!!! Check out more of their products in our post we did featuring them – Geek Shopping: Hot Dame. And if you order before December 18th (aka Star Wars Day!!!) you can use our discount code “FANGIRL” for 15% off! This is what I will be wearing for my Star Wars marathon:
Let the countdown continue….Happy Viewing!
Love & Luck,