Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday Words: Beautiful Book Trailers

I owe a lot to book trailers. They can be a huge tool in getting me interested in a story, right along with a well-written blurb. They also played a big role in helping me get my current job because I talked about the good they can do for more reluctant readers as they provide an audio-visual representation of a story that captures people's attention which is a huge accomplishment in today's technologically addicted world.

But mostly, they can be so much fun! If you're into making videos, they can be fun to make, and I can often lose hours on YouTube watching them and adding to my to-read list. It's a fairly new and still emerging tool in the publishing industry, but there are two in particular that I think are absolutely fantastic and deserve all the recognition and viewings they can get.

The first is for Struck by Jennifer Bosworth:

After I first saw this trailer, I wasn't surprised to learn that Jennifer is half of a writer-director duo - she and her husband have been involved in the film industry out in LA. I've actually read this book (review coming soon!) and can say this two minute video does a fantastic job capturing Mia, the story, and the apocalyptic world she lives in. It's obvious from this that the book contains action and that Mia's world is anything but simple as she covers her scars, sees her mother with a knife to her throat, and conjures up her own lightning!

The second is for 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I am a HUGE fan of contemporary stories and have a soft sport for well-written books that have at least a dash of romance (a la Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, and Stephanie Perkins). I've never read anything by Jessica Brody before, but added this book to my list when I read a blurb on it. Then as soon as I saw this trailer, I immediately started searching the catalogs of my local libraries to find out if any of them had this book because I wanted to read it ASAP! The music is fun, the visuals are appropriate for the target YA audience, and it gets the point across in under three minutes. Unfortunately, no libraries near me have this yet, so I'll be fill my waiting time with Jessica's other books that are already out.

So these are two of my favorite book trailers of the moment, and I'm sure there are plenty more out there. If you know of any, let me know! I'd love to check them out - comments here are always welcome!

**New info!** Just got this awesome tweet from Jessica Brody - turns out great minds are great friends and help each other out! Learn more about how book trailers get made with this fun behind the scenes video here.


  1. I am loving both trailers so much. I am an incredibly visual person and I love film and honestly when I read a book, I picture it as a movie in my head. 52 reasons to hate my father looks like its gonna be so much fun. I loved the trailer.

    Struck looks amazing too. Love the idea of lightening in the story. Adding both to my to-read list. Awesome post, Monica.

    Oh and btw, you are right, in our technology obsessed world, book trailers can be an amazing tool to attract readers who otherwise may have had not picked up the book.

    1. Fun Fact: the trailer for 52 Reasons was actually recently in a short film festival! I fell in love with this trailer and it pains me that no libraries around me have this book yet!!