This was not a surprise to me as the books they represent run the same gamut......but no matter their quality (or lack thereof), they mostly kept with a similar format: pictures and/or video, words across the screen, and mood music all put together in various, creative ways. Some had narration, but not many--narration is a hard thing to pull off well. And then there were the ones that bucked the book trailer norm...... movie-like trailers by authors with a big publishing house behind them, or plenty of $$$ to put into their production. They were amazing 〜 animation and live-action......actors & actresses......memorized lines & plenty of drama. It was like watching a mini-movie, but without a conclusion. I have to admit that one of them did get me so intrigued I actually felt like I had to rush out and get the book......so I did. =)
I have to say, though......there was one tiny thing that bothered me as I watched the really well-done mini-movies. They didn't feel like book trailers......they felt more like movie trailers. They left me wanting to see the movie more than read the book. Also, the typical book trailer leaves a lot of work for your imagination......with these types of trailers, it's all laid out for you. It's like watching the movie before reading the book (which I don't mind doing, but I know a lot of people do).
From a creative standpoint, I enjoyed the challenge of representing my story through pictures, video clips, music, and limited wording. It definitely was a challenge, but I enjoyed every second......and fraction of a second of it. ;o) If I had a huge budget, I don't think I would've gone the mini-movie route. The only thing I might've done with a larger budget is hire a male lead for pics & video......and maybe make a few more videos...they really are fun to do. =)
I don't want to give the impression that I don't like them. They are hard not to like and usually pretty impressive. I guess I'm coming off with a purist-sounding attitude with regard to book trailers......but I can't help it. It's partly a visceral reaction for me......and I know it's all subjective......progress and whatnot. ;o)
That's why I want to know what everyone else thinks. Is it just me? Do you get a different reaction from seeing a movie-like trailer versus one made in the more standard format? List three reasons why or why not in paragraph form......or you could just comment. ❤
photos courtesy of-- Copyright: Frode Evensen, Norway & publicphoto.org