Thursday, July 29, 2010

Have we talked about book trailers yet?

We probably have, but I'm going to talk about them anyway. Mostly, this is a ploy to get you to watch my book trailer and tell me what you think of it, but also I'm really curious about what everyone thinks of book trailers in general.

I'm no expert, but from what I can tell there are a few different categories of book trailers:

Short, polished, professional:



Polished, professional (entire advance spent on actors and directors and Hollywood stuff):




Really long/storytelling/viral trailer:


Made at your kitchen table for $0 with your kids screaming in the background:


So, lovely YA-5 readers, do you have a preference? Do book trailers make you want to buy a book?

For me, I haven't really seen a trailer that would make me run as fast as I can to the store to buy a book. A lot of times the word of mouth that directed me to the trailer will make me want to buy the book. And periodically a meme on Twitter (like #gimmeacall) will entice me to buy a book. But so far... trailers seem cool and fun to watch but none have pushed me over the edge of my sadly skinny wallet.

Tell me what you think of trailers. And now that I think of it, I'm even more curious about trailers vs. memes. What say you, wise ones?

6 comments:

Cholisose said...

To be completely honest, I don't think I've seen a book trailer that truly impressed me... I think it's a nice idea, though.

Out of those in the blog post, I think the Brains for Lunch one was the funnest. XP

Dawn Embers said...

Some interesting examples. I actually liked the last one, except for the cam shakiness. First one is good too, nice, short and to the point. I'll look at a book trailer if I come across it on a blog or something but it's not sought for and doesn't cause me to buy the book. The one video that caught my interest in a book was with Gail Carriger's series and it wasn't a trailer. She posted a sped up version of a cover image making process. That was pretty cool.

The thing I don't like, when someone does a trailer, is when it's just a ton of random images with music in the background and words tossed on top. Putting too many images to flash through in a powerpoint like fashion without smooth transitions annoys me a little bit.

kaitnolan.com said...

I'm with you...so far none have really tipped the balance and made me go running to the bookstore, but there have been several that made me look closer--sparked the initial interest in the book. Usually it's because I see it mentioned on Twitter or a blog I read, watch it, and think "oh that sounds kind of interesting", at which point I plunk it on my Goodreads To Read list and try to find it via my library (if it's out already) and if not, it kind of hangs out there until either something else pushes me into the buy zone or ...well it just sits.

Emily said...

The one trailer that really caught my attention is the Simone Elkeles one. It made me want to look closer at the book. But I didn't read Perfect Chemistry until my sister recommended it about a year later.

The Brains for Lunch trailer is pretty freakin' fab. I think it really grabs the viewer's attention, in a way that makes you want to know more about Loeb & Co. BFL is at the top of my TBR pile at the mo.

The #gimmeacall meme was genius. We need to think up some more genius marketing memes to use for ourselves. Muahahaha!

And I'm still too scared to watch the M.T. Anderson trailer by myself. I might need someone to hold my hand. #scardycat

Cara said...

To be honest the homemade trailer was my favorite. I was laughing at the Perfect Chemistry one...mostly because of that stupid hat 'Alex' had on.

One of the best book trailers I've ever seen is the trailer for Halo by Alexandra Adornetto. :)

Teh Awe-Some Sauce said...

It's funny, but the only time I watch a book trailer is AFTER I've read the book. I don't like someone telling me what the main character looks like, and I find that book trailers distract me from enjoying the story on my own. So after I finish a book I watch the trailer to compare my vision to that of the author's.

Funny how they never match ;)

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