#Trending: Star Wars

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For this issue, the #Trending writers decided to highlight the phenomenon that is George Lucas’ Star Wars.

Some could argue Star Wars is not a “trend” because it will always be relevant.

Something that’s “trending” usually gets replaced with the next trend in the short span of about a week.

We know that Star Wars is transcendent but it’s also on the top of the current pop culture trends list.

The long awaited “Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens” hits theaters on Dec. 18 and the world couldn’t be more excited.

Major stores such as Target and Wal-Mart are now reserving entire sections of their shelves for Star Wars merchandise.

Tickets went on sale the third week of October and many fans made sure they purchased them as soon as they were available.

Select theaters around the United States are having an all-day Star Wars event on Dec. 17, the day before the new episode is released.

These events begin at 1 a.m. with the showing of “Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace” followed by the rest of the series in universe chronology until the 10 p.m. showing of the new episode.

In the 2014 fiscal year, Disney sold $45.2 billion worth of licensed Star Wars products around the world. This figure will only get bigger with the upcoming movie, continued sequels and the anticipation of the Star Wars expansion in Disneyland.

Trends are an agent of unity.

They bring people together in our generation and many are references that serve as massive inside jokes or bonding experiences.

Something that’s special about Star Wars is the number of people it reaches. Different generations and people from all walks of life can relate to a series such as Star Wars.

This new episode is an opportunity for all generations to bond over a common interest.