Actually, Star Wars Day extends well beyond Twitter, but considering the “micro-blogging” site is the utility of choice when it comes to online communication, and the trending topics are a great barometer for what’s popular in the world at this particular moment, we’ll start here. And yes, for those of you asking about the grammatical mess in the title: My attempt at Yoda-speak, it was.
So yeah, today, May 4, 2011, will forever be known as “Star Wars Day.” What’s the significance, you ask? Considering the original Star Wars movie — no “New Hope” here, oh, and Han did indeed shoot first — made its debut on May 25, 1977, today’s date isn’t an anniversary for George Lucas’ franchise. Besides fitting the “May the Force be with you” saying (“May the fourth be with you.” Witty, no?), today is also the day Star Wars completists can pre-order both trilogies (Episodes 1-3 and 4-6) on Blu-Ray DVD.
Granted, the new formats won’t be available until September 16th, but you can still give more of your hard-earned money to the Lucas foundation.
As with anything popular nowadays, Twitter is vehicle of choice when it comes to celebrating “Star Wars Day,” and the resulting tweets, which make use of the following hashtags — #starwarsday, #maythe4thbewithyou, and until recently, #Yoda — still have that Star Wars spirit. You know? The spirit that comes from such creations as The Empire Strikes Back? It’s the same spirit that led adults to camp out for movie tickets to see the new trilogy installments, disappointment in Jar-Jar Binks be damned.
Besides the usual minutiae of Twitter users riding the waves of trending topics, there are some gems within these Star Wars Day hashtag-related tweets, two of which courtesy of Simon Peeg (he of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame), who offered the following:
Goodnight everyone. May the third be with you. Too soon?
Good morning everyone. The fourth of May be with you.
Other gems include the top tweet from the Death Star PR blog, which offers some suggestions on how to enjoy Star Wars Day:
If you aren’t celebrating #StarWarsDay by blowing up planets and kidnapping Princesses, you’re doing it wrong. #MayThe4thBeWithYou
Their suggestions continue on the blog. All I know is I’m considering kidnapping a princess before the day is done. Watch out, Kate Middleton. Speaking of attractive ladies, Jane Wiedlin, former member of the Go-Gos, offers a winning suggestion, especially for all the Chewbacca fans out there:
May The Fourth Be With You!
Happy #StarWars Day everyone! Go kiss a Wookiee
Naturally, there’s a public service announcement from the Emperor himself:
It’s #StarWarsDay, May the Fourth be with you, Sithizens. Just remember, next comes The Revenge of the Fifth.
Over at StarWars.com, the May 4th celebration is in full swing, inviting visitors to pre-order the upcoming Blu-Ray set which are priced at 59.99, 59.99 and 99.99. The 59.99 prices are for the individual trilogies, while the 99.99 price point is for all six movies. According to ComicBookMovie.com, there are 40 hours of special features, which will be available with the 99.99 purchase. There’s also a trailer for the upcoming releases, as if you needed any further encouragement:
With that in mind, be with you, may the Fourth. The Force, too.