THE STAR WARS MARATHON
Welcome to The Star Wars Marathon! This site provides a guide for navigating the Star Wars Canon timeline in chronological order, which is not as straight of a path as it would seem. The menu above allows you to quickly jump to all the movies and TV series. Almost all of the Canon novels are included here although my notes primarily focus on providing detailed instructions for audiobooks.
For those unfamiliar, you can find a general description of the different Star Wars eras below:
The High Republic (232 BBY - ???) This is official starting point for Star Wars canon material.... for now. This section will get regular updates as the new "High Republic" line of Star Wars books and comics are released. Also we will keep an eye out for the The Acolyte, a new Disney+ series.
Fall of the Jedi (92 BBY - 19 BBY) This era covers the Jedi Order's fall and the Sith's return, in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, and Revenge of the Sith.
Reign of the Empire (19 BBY - 5 BBY) The initial rise of The Empire and the terror that reigns across the galaxy. This era kicks off with the first season of the animated series Bad Batch, and also includes Solo: A Star Wars Story, Obi Wan Kenobi, and the first season of Andor.
Age of Rebellion (5 BBY - 4 ABY) The slow but sure rise of The Rebellion covering events in Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.
The New Republic (5 ABY - 28 ABY) Beginning with the Aftermath book series, this era covers the immediate chaos after Palpatine's apparent demise and the entirety of the New Republic's reign. The Mandalorian is set in this time period.
Rise of the First Order (28 ABY - 35 ABY) The Imperial remnants re-organize into The First Order, and attempt to reclaim the galaxy, as part of Palpatine's resurrection. I would begin this era with the novel Bloodline as that is the true birth of the Resistance and our first glimpse of the First Order. This era also includes the events in Star Wars: Resistance, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
ABOUT THE STAR WARS MARATHON
While on a chronological binge of Star Wars movies, TV shows, books, comics and video games, I found myself taking extensive notes on how to navigate through it all. One day, I decided I should share these notes with others and I created this website.
I hope to provide an in-depth chronological reference guide for the Star Wars Canon. Please note this is not a complete list of all Canon stories. You can go to Wookieepedia for that. But the list does include all movies, TV shows, and almost all of the Canon adult & young adult novels (once I've had a chance to review and place them).
Before we dive into it, here are a few tips on accessing this material. Obviously, Disney+ is a must for all the movies, and TV shows. For books, I prefer audiobooks because you can get through them so quickly while doing other things (e.g., driving, cleaning, exercising, etc.). Also, the production value is extremely high for Star Wars audiobooks between the music, sound effects and narration - Marc Thompson is amazing!
My favorite audiobook apps are Libby, Cloud Library and Audible. Libby and Cloud Library are library book apps that are specific to your local library and links with your card number. Most libraries offer a wide selection of FREE Star Wars audiobooks and eBooks, especially on Cloud Library.
For comics, I started with Amazon's free comics for prime members on the kindle, which serves as a great introduction. I haven't delved too far beyond that yet, but am slowly making my way through canon comics when I can.
FYI- I use the word "concurrently" a lot throughout the marathon whenever the movies, books, shows, video games or comics overlap each other. For me, it usually unfolds by listening to audiobooks in the car during the day, watching TV or playing video games at night, and reading comics on my phone at random.
Thanks for checking out my website. May the force be with you!