Saturday, 10 July 2010

Weekly Geeks – Book Trailers – Do you or Don’t you

 

 

The challenge this week

In the last year or two a new entity has arisen in the publishing world “The book trailer”. Apparently every self-respecting book has to have one these days it seems a good time to have a chat about them. Feel free to answer as many (or as few) of the questions as you like

Do you watch book trailer?

If yes, Do you actively seek them out or just watch the ones that get pushed to you in the same way.

If you don't watch them, why not?

Have you ever read a book based solely on seeing the trailer?

Where do book trailers come on your list of things that influence you with regards to what books to read (friends recommendations, mainstream reviews, bloggers, bookstore promotions, the blurb….)

Do you have a favourite book trailer that you’ll like to share?

What do you like about it?

If you missed out on seeing many book trailers you might want to visit the Moby Awards Website which list the nominees and winners of what is set to become an annual award for the best(and worst) book trailers.

 

My Thoughts

This weeks the Geekers are asked to give their thoughts on book trailers.

Do you watch book trailer?

No

If you don't watch them, why not?

For all my time reading, I have only watch one book trailer and didn’t like it. It was for a book that I absolutely adore and I have since written to the author about it as well.

My reason for not watching them are

1. Reading for me is not only about meeting new characters and visiting new place but mostly about using my imagination – letting words take me away and if done well, keep me there even after I have finished the book. In forming my idea of what the main protags would look like or even the world that the author has created would be like, I do not need a trailer to help me along or even to cloud that image. I have the cover art for that which most time don't do a good job of it anyhow. Truth be told I am good with my own imagination.

2. I know I am more than likely doing all these people who produces these trailer a dis-service, but I always assume they are low rent production and nothing I have heard so far as yet to change my mind about that.

3. There is a fluidity to words that cannot be captured on film and with only a few minutes to capture the essence of what a book is about is near on impossible and silly to even try in my opinion. 

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While I don’t watch book trailers – I would love to hear your thoughts on them. Let me know what you think about any of the questions above, particularly if you don't watch them.

38 Speak To Me:

Patti (Book Addict) on 10 July 2010 at 15:03 said...

I don't do book trailers either. I'd prefer to read the blurb and use my imagination. That being said, I do love the trailer for Maggie Stiefvater's Linger - it's very artistic and well done.

Kara on 10 July 2010 at 15:11 said...

I agree with you...I don't do book trailers. I like to imagine what the characters look like...and it usually doesn't match what is in the trailer...LOL.

I also have a hard time watching movies that are based on books for the same reason.

Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 15:32 said...

@Patti..

Blurb and imagination are my thing as well..

I see Linger trailer made an impact on you...

I wasn't even tempted to click on it - I am glad it was good enough for you....

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 15:36 said...

@Kara.

I also have a hard time watching movies that are based on books for the same reason.

A girl after my own heart - I normally just go without any expectatiom when I go to see a book converted to film, because no matter how good or how bad it is it's never the same..

E.H>

Chris on 10 July 2010 at 16:20 said...

I avoid book trailers. I don't want them ruining my book experience!

Rikki on 10 July 2010 at 17:13 said...

Where did you find that weekly geek post? I'm surprised. The site, it seems, hasn't been updated for two weeks. Have I missed anything?

Fiction Vixen on 10 July 2010 at 17:52 said...

Do you watch book trailer?

Occasionally, if I come across one.

If yes, Do you actively seek them out or just watch the ones that get pushed to you in the same way.

No, I do not actively seek them out but I do run across them blog hopping. I am usually not impressed though. I prefer the visuals in my head.

Have you ever read a book based solely on seeing the trailer?

No

Where do book trailers come on your list of things that influence you with regards to what books to read (friends recommendations, mainstream reviews, bloggers, bookstore promotions, the blurb….)

Pretty low. I don't think a book trailer has ever influenced me to buy a book. I prefer peer pressure lol.

Do you have a favourite book trailer that you’ll like to share?

I really liked the book trailer for Linger. Very original.

What do you like about it?

Made me wonder about the birds and their significance in the book. I also liked that there was no character visual to interfere with the visual I've already developed myself.

Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 18:40 said...

@Chris..

Well said hon and it is all about the experience..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 18:41 said...

@Rikki..

No hon you have not missed anything..

Last week was 4th of July, no post and this week, I have emailed you..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 18:44 said...

@FV

I don't think a book trailer has ever influenced me to buy a book. I prefer peer pressure

You make me laugh with that one... Peer pressure can be such a good thing...

I am hearing good things about Linger trailer, it looks like the author and her production team put some thought into it...

Thanks for taking part hon..

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 10 July 2010 at 19:53 said...

The first I ever watched did make me wanna read the book. What Happens in London, but have not watched a lot of other ones since they are usually kind of crap

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 10 July 2010 at 20:21 said...

I seldom watch book trailers and only when I come across them at blogs. When I already decided to read the book I don't watch the trailer because I don't like to get influenced by the images of the characters that're presented in book trailers.

Eyre on 10 July 2010 at 20:23 said...

I generally don't watch them before I read a book. I'd rather determine what characters look like, etc. on my own. Now, I have watched a few after reading the books, and I was glad that I didn't see them beforehand.

Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 20:34 said...

@Blodeuedd...

Yup I am thinking most of them are crap as well... at least you have an experience of what one looks like.

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Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 20:37 said...

@Jannna

I am a lot like that as well - when I decide to read a book no matter what, nothing can distract me from reading it...

I have never heard an author say the image is exactly like how they thought their character is on the cover - so as a readers it makes no sense to have a trailer, when that is even more an impossible feat.

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Erotic Horizon on 10 July 2010 at 20:39 said...

@Eyre..

Ok - I never thought of that - at least the image is already in your head and you are just watching it for the curiosity factor...

neat...

E.H>

Bernadette in Australia on 10 July 2010 at 23:19 said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who doesn't watch them - I thought I was a bit odd in thinking they were fairly pointless.

By the way I forgot to add the Mr Linky to the Weekly Geeks post originally but I added it this morning and I linked your post already (copied it from the comments).

Kris on 11 July 2010 at 02:26 said...

I don't watch book trailers, but I've never really thought about why I didn't before so this post and some of the comments here have been very interesting... hmmm...

Lily on 11 July 2010 at 04:29 said...

I've only seen a couple of book trailers and neither made the book more interesting. I much prefer the book blurb than the trailer to get a sense of the book.

gautami tripathy on 11 July 2010 at 07:58 said...

Like you, I too don't go for book trailers!

Here is my TSS/Weekly Geeks post!

Rikki on 11 July 2010 at 10:58 said...

Seems the opiniosn are pretty clear on this one. A total waste of time and money...

Erotic Horizon on 11 July 2010 at 12:57 said...

@Bernadette..

All the gang seems not to be fussed about them - so you are in good crazy company..

Thanks for adding me on the linky..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 11 July 2010 at 13:00 said...

@Kris

I was also surprise about the no-no attitude that readers have towards this..

This feels like something to explore further..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 11 July 2010 at 13:02 said...

@Lily..

I have been dragged to the cashier a time or two by the blurb, even the cover has been known to lure me in ..

But never a trailer...

Can't see it changing any time soon either..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 11 July 2010 at 13:03 said...

@GT..

**waves at you - hope all is good**

Join th club hon, no one seem to be liking them..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 11 July 2010 at 13:06 said...

@Rikki..

I am wondering how this thing took off anyhow....

I must look into the background of this book trailer production that alot of authors seem to be obliged to do..

I am surprise to be honest that there is not more positive feedback about this..

E.H>

Becky (Page Turners) on 12 July 2010 at 06:07 said...

I have never watched one I have to be honest so I can't really comment very well. Its not that I haven't watched one deliberately, there just hasn'tbeen one made about a book that I am interested in.

Im not sure about the idea of a book trailer, seems abit too commercial for books. But then, whatever gets books out there can't really be a bad thing can it?

amcatoir on 12 July 2010 at 06:11 said...

I always get sucked into to watching book trailers and then find them vaguely disappointing. So I've given them up.

Sheila (Bookjourney) on 12 July 2010 at 07:03 said...

I really for the most part, avoid book trailers. Sometimes I will see one after I have read the book and the character they have in the trailer does not match the one I had in my head.... and honestly? I like mine better. :)

I have seen a lot of cheesy book trailers and I have had many publishers send me links to post the trailers with a review I am doing and in most cases I do not because I find the trailer takes away from the book.

Teddyree on 12 July 2010 at 07:15 said...

I do watch the occassional book trailer but only those pushed my way or on someone's blog. The lame ones do nothing for me but I confess to buying a book based solely on a great trailer "The Iron King" and while I know Im probably in the minority the trailer turned out to be better than the book LOL ... won't do that again in a hurry!

Erotic Horizon on 12 July 2010 at 07:54 said...

@Becky

Yet another point I didn't think about, no trailers for certain genre.
Which just goes to the argument of why bother..

But then, whatever gets books out there can't really be a bad thing can it?


As a reader - as contrary as it sound I am inclined to agree here...

Anything to get the word out - we are becoming a visual lot, Book Trailer just might be a positive thing for somebody...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 12 July 2010 at 07:55 said...

@Amcatoir

I always get sucked into watching book trailers and then find them vaguely disappointing.

Isn't that just the worst thing - expectation denied everytime..

E.H>

Shawn Lane on 12 July 2010 at 17:40 said...

EH, love,

Don't watch them, won't do one. I have never been given any evidence that they sell books.

Erotic Horizon on 12 July 2010 at 19:21 said...

@Sheila..

the character they have in the trailer does not match the one I had in my head.... and honestly? I like mine better. :)

I could not say it better... and more importantly you thought of it yourself..

I do always wonder where bloggers draw the line with these book promo...good to know book trailer is a no no on a lot of bloggers list...

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Erotic Horizon on 13 July 2010 at 07:48 said...

@Teddyree

I have heard a lot about Linger - as one of the book trailer that seems to stand out...

Pity The Iron King didn't live up to the quality of the trailer...


E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 July 2010 at 07:53 said...

@Shawn.

Thanks for chipping in hon..

I too tried looking for some stats to see how much of an influience this makes on an authors botton line - getting paid..

I couldn't find any - yet for some reason book trailer has mushroomed into this things that so much author seems to think they must do..

Just another thing in the follow me culture in book world..

E.H>

Heather in FL on 13 July 2010 at 20:17 said...

I'm not a blogger, but I read yours. :-) So answering the question. No, I do not watch the trailers. I've watched two and they honestly didn't do anything to make me want the book more OR less. And as others have mentioned, unless there's a picture of the main character on the front of the book, I come up with my own picture. Even if there's a picture, sometimes my mind conjures something different, lol.

Erotic Horizon on 13 July 2010 at 21:50 said...

@Heather...

You are so a blogger - you just blog about my other love cardmaking...

Thanks for joining in the conversation - so far this book trailer thing doesn't seem to have a lot going for it - yet they are still being produced..

go figure..

E.H>