book trailers

Early last month I saw Marta Acosta’s blog post about a book trailer contest. I didn’t give it much thought. Or at least, I tried to put it out of my head. But eventually I sat down and played with this idea I had. And the result (eventually) was a two minute book trailer. In a fit of courage I uploaded it, and then took it down again. Now the deadline’s coming up, and I decided to go ahead. I don’t expect to win anything, but I did have fun doing this. I just uploaded it to YouTube tonight.

The idea, if you didn’t go over and read about it on Marta’s weblog, is simple. You pick a classic novel (Marta’s definition is pretty flexible) and put together a two minute book trailer that convinces people to read the book. Or you can go in the opposite direction, because there are prizes for the best bad book trailer.

People who have been reading this weblog for a while won’t be surprised that I did a book trailer for Gone with the Wind. It will be very clear that I’m just a hobbyist. But an earnest one.

7 Replies to “book trailers”

  1. Awesome! Hey that was some creative clip-making and I’m hard ta impress. Think your being too modest, good stuff. :)

  2. Robyn — a good friend of mine happens to be a voice over actor. I sent him my little script, and he recorded it in his home studio and then emailed it to me.

    He’s good, isn’t he?

    1. Rosina, he is so good I thought you had somehow found original material! What talent and he has just the right voice for the job.

  3. The GWTW trailer is so polished it looks like Brian DePalma directed it — and so apt that I wish it could be required reviewing for high school and college students.

    I have to pick the Bad Ulysses trailer as my favorite, though. It had me rolling on the floor, and I’m convinced one of the cranky old ladies in it is my ninth grade English teacher.

  4. As a newbie to your site and to you, I was all ready to be disappointed — I thought maybe you’d actually done a trailer in praise of Gone With the Wind. These are brilliant! You are my newest hero!

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