Recent Book Trailers
by George Ivanoff - February 17th, 2014
The other day I came across of couple of really innovative and entertaining book trailersâŚ both from the same author. I wanted to share these trailers, and others, so I thought it was time for another post about book trailers â after all, itâs been over twelve months since I last posted on this topic (see: âThe book trailer search experimentâ).
The first of these trailers is for My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong by Tristan Bancks. A follow-up to My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up, this book is a collection of humorous, linked short stories. The trailer for the first book was a well-made but fairly standard book trailer âillustrations with a voice-over telling you a bit about the book. But the trailer for the new book takes a completely different approach.Â Rather than telling you about the book, it picks up on the idea of âstuff that went wrongââŚ showing a trailer thatâs gone wrong. It doesnât actually tell you about the bookâs contents at all. But itâs engaging and it makes you like the author, whoâs obviously very comfortable making fun of himself. So it is selling the book, by selling the author, by showing you what an interesting and fun guy he is. Cool! Clever! Funny!
The second trailer is for Two Wolves, another book by Tristan Bancks. This one is a kidsâ adventure novel. Itâs an innovative trailer that plays with the concept of a trailer. Itâs presented in the form of a news report about two missing children. The little Random House Australia logo at the start is the only indication that you are watching a trailer for a book rather than a real news report. Itâs only at the end that the book cover is revealed. Itâs engaging and itâs tense. And it gives you the gist of the story without simply telling you about it.
Another recent trailer that is well worth a look is for Michael Pryorâs latest YA novel, Machine Wars. Creepy and atmospheric, it leaves you in no doubt about the content of the book.
There are so many book trailers out there. And so many of them are very ordinary. So itâs great to have the occasional trailer that plays around with expectations and does something a little differently.
Of course, all of this leads in to me showing you my latest book trailer. This trailer is for the final book in my Gamers trilogy, Gamersâ Rebellion, which came out in July last year. It was put together by pixel-pusher extraordinaire, Henry Gibbens, with music by my brother-in-law, Marc Valko. It follows the standard trailer formula, images with text telling you a bit about the bookâŚ but the visuals are computer animated (and one visual in particular, featuring an injection and an eye, always gets a reaction) and the text is a little more than just story description. See what you thinkâŚ
So, dear readers, what sort of book trailers do you like? What are your favourites? Feel free to post links in the comments section.
Catch ya later,Â George
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