Posts Tagged ‘legitimate literature’
Monday, March 15th, 2010
Dear Book Trailer Makers (you know—you people who make book trailers that look like movie trailers but they’re really just a ploy to advertise your book?),
I don’t care that you make them. And I don’t care that some people question the legitimacy of any piece of literature that can be promoted as a Hollywood thrill ride. Nor do I care that some of you are selling your souls in an effort to both hock your novel and land a possible movie deal all within this well-planned scheme. I will do the same someday.
But what I DO care about?
The cheeze factor. It’s bad. And frankly, I, as a legitimate reader, am disturbed.
Which is why I planned to post a few examples here, except my husband said it wouldn’t be very nice of me. Drat. So how about I just suggest out loud that if your book trailer starts out with a deep-throated voiceover, actors with bad hair who proceed to rap the entire dialogue, or if it contains a soft filter film quality like those used for soap operas, with lame women sighing heavily . . . or men sighing heavily, for that matter . . . I’m going to turn it off. And never read your book. Ever.
However, in an effort to avoid sounding like a persnickety young wench (no small feat, let me tell you), I’ll give thee a hint at what type of tasty morsels entice me to buy and crack open your books. Namely, these. Watch and learn.
And to my own discerning readers with sharp wit and excellent taste: watch and tell me if I’m wrong .
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Amazon’s Best Book Video of 2009)
Catching Fire (if you’ve read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, you’ll understand exactly why this trailer for the sequel works)
And in case you missed my Facebook post earlier: here’s what we were all laughing over
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