By Darren Franich
Updated August 30, 2010 at 06:30 PM EDT

Do you love Lost? Do you love it so much that you could devote days of your life to doing nothing but watching the show? Yup, me too. So I wish I lived in London: according to the New York Post, the Prince Charles Cinema will be showing all six seasons of Lost in one 80-hour sitting. (Fortunately for the sleep-deprived audience, Kate episodes will be strategically scattered throughout the series at perfect naptime intervals.) I’m sad I won’t be able to make the screening, but the news got me thinking: What is your personal record for a pop culture marathon?

The pop binge is, I think, a relatively new development, a function of the TV-on-DVD/videogame era. I watched the latter half of season 3 of 24 (the cool part after they replaced the drug lords with the evil British dude) in one sitting. I beat Metal Gear Solid 2 in one day. On a more literary note, I bought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at a midnight release party and finished reading it at 8 AM. (I also read Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test in one evening/morning. College!)

Still my longest, and most personally rewarding, binge session was the complete Lord of the Rings series, which I watched with a friend one gray California day in 2005. When we were done, we played a few hours of the similarly-themed Shadow of the Colossus, for a collective 14-hour epic-fantasy experience. For the next few days, I imagined my life set to a thumping Howard Shore soundtrack. It was awesome.

What are your longest personal marathons, viewers? Novels finished on long plane rides? TV shows you obsessively Hulu’d? Days spent listening to every song your favorite band ever wrote?

Lord of the Rings

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