I really love the idea of a book trailers, but I find myself disappointed with the majority of them. Cheesy stock photos, cardboard acting, bad graphics and vague concepts abound. But in my quest for awesome book trailers, I didn't come up empty handed! Here are some trailers that had me wanting to read, read, read!
1. WHAT'S LEFT OF ME by Kat Zhang
I like how this one has actors, but leaves out the dialogue, which has the tendency to come off stiff and forced. It has an artful way about it that makes it work.
2. PRESS HERE by Herve Tullet
I really think picture books and trailers are made for each other in ways that novels are not. I love that this trailer not only sells the story, but how much fun the little folk might have interacting with it.
3. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
This is so ridiculous. And yet it manages not to be embarrassing to watch. Kind of a remarkable feat.
4. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart
Um, I have no idea what this book is about. But I was thoroughly entertained so I'm calling it a success. Of course, we can't all afford random James Franco appearances, but hey.
So what do you think? Do you have a favorite book trailer? Has watching a book trailer ever led you to buy/read the book?