Do any of you actually watch book trailers?
What do you think about them?
I’ve seen them around, due to a couple people posting them, and I think I’ve even watched one or two out of curiosity, but my general reaction when I see a book trailer is to tilt my head to the side and go “Eh? “
There’s definitely nothing wrong with it, but it just puzzles me. Where in the world did this start? Why did it start? I’ve got to assume its because we’re all such visual people that it’s a way of getting attention.
Do any of you actually go looking *for* book trailers now?
I actually just googled now and looked for one for a book that I’d actually read. I found this one for Red Queen. Now, mind you, I listened with the sound off because…well, I just tend to not actually want to *listen* to things.
It was okay. Would it have made me want to read the book? I don’t think so.
Then I found this one for another book I’d read.
Initially I went “What? NO. This is not how I saw it in my head!” However, I think this one actually would have made me look for this book. So, I guess it can be a good advertisement for a book.
I think I’m just naturally sort of growly when anyone tries to impose rules on my imagination. I want to play in the sandbox of the written word. I don’t want anyone else’s take on the words planting ideas in my head. I mean, obviously there’s exceptions. There always is (like when authors actually have a hand in making the trailers), but… for the most part… why try to cross formats? Books hold an appeal all of their own because for the most part all we get is a cover, and our imaginations have to take over and paint in the pictures that the author has sketched out for us. I like that.
Are putting book trailers/teasers in a visual format a good idea? Do you like them? Hate them? Not think much of them one way or the other?
Do you have a favorite you think people NEED to see?
Talk to me 🙂