The Triple Dog Dare: Watching & Surviving the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story

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1 Woman. 1 TV. 1 Movie. 24 Hours. Every year since 1997, Turner Broadcasting has aired 24-hours of A Christmas Story from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. The marathon has become a cultural phenomenon many families tune in and watch the movie at least once some watch several times. But no one watches all 24 hours, right? Christmas TV writer Joanna Wilson trains her expertise on the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story to find out what really happens when you watch all 12 screenings of director Bob Clark s classic Christmas movie, non-stop, commercials and all. Along the way, she discusses the traditions of Christmas on TV, the nuances of Bob Clark s filmmaking, the ongoing appeal of the movie and its relation to unique storytelling talents of writer Jean Shepherd, the activities of binge-watching and hyper-viewing and experiences what may or may not be the first recorded case of soap poisoning.

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About the Author:

Joanna Wilson draws upon her academic background in film history and philosophy to create insightful commentary on pop culture of all kinds. She is the author of the encyclopedia Tis the Season TV (2010), The Christmas TV Companion (2009), Merry Musical Christmas, Vol. 1 (2012), and The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman: Akron's History of Christmas Attractions. She currently lives in Akron, Ohio where she watches a lot of TV with no apologies, and just a few regrets.

A lively and engaging speaker, Wilson has appeared in two television specials as a commentator on Christmas entertainment. In 2010, she appeared in The Real Story of Christmas on the History Channel, and the TV Guide Network s 25 Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments. As an expert on Christmas TV movies, Wilson was invited to moderate the cast reunion for a screening of the 1971 TV movie The Homecoming in December 2011. The cast reunion for the 40th anniversary of The Homecoming included members of the much-beloved TV series The Waltons. Wilson writes a regularly updated blog about Christmas on TV, covering the popular to the rare, at ChristmasTVHistory.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram: @tistheseasontv.

Review:

As a true, die hard fan myself, I find it inspiring that one person would put so much time and effort into this holiday tradition that brings so much joy into so many homes! You know you're never really alone when you're watching the A Christmas Story marathon, millions of fans are always watching right along with you! --Brian Jones, Owner, A Christmas Story House and Museum

In her most personal work in the field to date, The Triple Dog Dare, Wilson watches a 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story and survives to tell us all about it. Her encyclopedic knowledge of Christmas movie content takes a back seat to some considerations of form, and the resultant writing product is both wise and engaging. Frankly, I agreed to read this book because I thought it would suck in a manner that would be hilarious. Who wants to read along as a crazy Christmas lady deep dives into obscure movie trivia, no matter how beloved the movie? How scholarly could a hokey sleep deprivation experiment be? I have an aunt who goes nuts about Christmas stuff and I was pretty sure this book was made to be read by that oh so narrow slice of the populace. But actually, The Triple Dog Dare is a treasure trove of insights for those in performance studies or even a passing interest in film as a medium... --Megan Volpert, PopMatters.com

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