I’m of two minds about book trailers- sometimes they’re done really really well, and sometimes they come across as something out of a high school av lab. For me, trailers don’t really do anything for me. Well-done trailers of books I already love make me smile, make me fall in love even a little more, but even a well-done trailer for a book I’m not in love with makes me appreciate the talent that goes into the trailer, not the book.
BUT, that being said, a well-done trailer is a great way to make someone curious about a book. I tend to only check out trailers for books I already have an interest in, but I talk to quite a few people in the store who find about a book from a trailer.
And there are a few book trailers I absolutely adore. Let me share them with you. *grins*
This was recently finished for Lisa Mantchev’s So Silver Bright; the hardcover came out in September, with the paperback out in May. Guys, I love this book. Love it, love it, love, the culmination to a beautiful trilogy that makes all the geek parts of me very happy. It’s a beautiful trailer, one that fills all the potential of the series and the empty space of pages.
(Lisa Mantchev is having a trailer contest on her blog; check it out, there’s some fun stuff there!)
I adored Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver; it was such a gorgeous, lingering book, and the trailer does that every bit of justice. What’s really awesome about this is how it takes the actual illustrations from the book and pairs them with an original song. Yes, you read that right: original. And it’s beautiful. Really fits the impressions of the book.
Third one here is Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I haven’t actually read this book yet- I’m waiting for it to come out in paperback so I can read all three at once- but I LOVE this trailer. This is one of the few trailers that would actually pull me in to investigate a book I know nothing about. The fact that I do know this book, and have been looking forward to it greatly, just makes it even more amazing.
Normally I’m not a huge fan of trailers with a lot of words on the screen- I guess I figure the words are for the page and the trailer is for the audio/visual enticement, but I was surprised to find I really liked the trailer for Ally Carter’s Only the Good Spy Young. It gave an action-movie feel to it, like a teenage spy thriller on the big screen, which is perfect for the book and for the series.
Last one is for a book that came out several years ago, Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron. I love how simple it is, how it pretty much plays off of the cover and uses that to lure the viewer in to the rest of the story. It’s elegant and mysterious and doesn’t give too much away.
Any trailers you particularly love? Or hate? Share below!
Until next time~