Book Trailers

Been thinking about book trailers this week. For those who don’t know, a book trailer is like a movie trailer–an advertisement that uses clips of the movie for the purpose of telling you about the movie and making you want to go see it.

Which brings about an interesting question: how can you make a trailer of a product that is inherently static (the words on the page; hopefully the story isn’t static)?

Well, I guess the answer to that is up to interpretation. I am not an expert on book trailers, but I’ve seen a few. I recognize some things I like and don’t like about them. But I won’t get into that because I’ve spent a grand total of about 1 week and a half giving book trailers serious thought . . . certainly not enough to give you an educated opinion.

The reason I am writing this post is because I want to hear your opinions on the topic.

What do you think of book trailers? Are they worth your time watching? What do you like about them, and what do you hate about them? Does watching them make you want to go read a book? Do you think it makes sense to try and make a moving, visual advertisement for a product that is inherently “static”?


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