Let's go to the movies!

I’m not sure about the usefulness of book trailers. I’ve yet to see one that makes me want to buy the book. I think it’s because a video is a totally different entertainment genre. The flashing images may or may not guarantee a satisfying read. But I used to make trailers for my Emily Bryan titles on the theory that someone else may find them more enticing than I do.

Here’s the trailer for Distracting the Duchess. You might want to turn down the volume on your computer if you don’t want to hear the music.

Does it make you want to know more? Compared to say, reading an excerpt, how does watching less than a minute of images pique your interest? Have you ever bought a book based on seeing a trailer? I’m willing to be proven wrong. If there’s a truly fabulous trailer out there, please share the link with the rest of us.

8 thoughts on “Let’s go to the movies!

  1. I enjoyed the trailer … well done! But the presentation that hooked me was the content and not the movie itself. If this trailer was presented to me, yes I might have bought the book. But how does one find a trailer to view it if they might be enticed by one? The general consensus I’ve read reports trailers are not cost and/or time effective marketing.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      The jury is still out on trailers. Some writers swear by them. Others don’t bother. No one seems to be able to provide empirical evidence that readers respond positively to them.

  2. Kate Pembrooke says:

    I have yet to see a book trailer that would make me interested in the book. I am much more influenced by an attractive cover or the back cover blurb as to whether I would read the book. Reading reviews or getting a title recommended to me influence my reading decisions the most.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Kate, that’s where I am too. A recommendation from a friend means more than anything when it comes to trying a new author.

  3. Book trailers don’t do much for me either. I’ve never bought a book based on a book trailer. I know they’re supposed to be all up and coming, but I’m meh about them.

    I agree with Nynke. I don’t want someone else’s vision of what the characters look like to affect my vision of what the author has painted with his/her words.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I guess if I had unlimited funds and could cast my trailer with actors who looked exactly like the characters in my head, I might feel differently about it. But that still leaves the problem of interfering with a reader’s contribution to the story.

  4. Nynke says:

    I’ve never bought a book based on a trailer, and I usually don’t find them especially appealing.

    I guess one thing that could change that if a trailer featured really high-quality, stunning pictures… Beautiful landscapes or pictures of period houses/interiors could help transport me somewhere else better than my own mind can.

    Pictures of a hero and heroine, on the other hand, may get in the way of how I portray them in my mind… Unlike excerpts and blurbs.

    1. Mia says:

      Good point, Nynke. I always think of a book as a conversation between the reader and the author. It takes both of them to bring a story to life. A trailer takes away a reader’s need to bring her imagination to the page.

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