Saturday, August 3, 2013

Book on the Hot Spot (13)

Welcome to our 13th Book on the Hot Spot! Today instead of talking about an actual book, we thought we'd discuss book trailers with you. Do you like them? Would you prefer not to have them because they don't do the book justice? Which ones are good, bad, etc? Most of our discussion will be in this post, but we did make a short video explaining what we'll discuss and showing you our reactions to a really freaky adult book trailer! 

To view the Kiss Me First trailer, click here.

First off, we split book trailers into two groups. Word book trailers and acting book trailers. Usually, we've found that we don't like book trailers where they're acting and speaking and we prefer that the trailer stays within the book's medium--words. Do you agree? 

Why do we like word trailers over acting trailers?

  • If you hire someone to act out a character, chances are they aren't going to look anything like what you imagined. Why put the wrong picture in the reader's head? Words allow you to still make up what you envision the characters looking like.
  • If the book is fantasy, sci-fi or supernatural, then making a short film on the summary of the plot on a low budget will likely make the book seem cheesy. In our opinion, just stick with words, moving pictures and intense music! 
  • Words are the easiest to not get wrong. The book is created by words, so making a trailer with words is pretty risk-free.
Having said all this, there are some really good acting book trailers out there! But we've found that, overall, the majority have a cheesy vibe that would not make us want to pick up the book! But what do you think? Do you disagree? Or do you like the cheesiness and think it's fun?

Here are a few examples of book trailers that we think do not live up to the book (but of course, what trailer would live up to a book?!) 

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi 
(you can't recreate the aether sky...and the acting?) 
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
(here's a speaking trailer that is just...boring! We love this book, but the trailer is not so good...) 
The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong
(this one is just...awkward to watch...)

Here are a few examples of book trailers that, though both acting and words, were pretty good

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
(there was acting, but it was all voice-overed. We think that helps with making the trailer less cheesy!)
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd 
(all in words, and still so intense!) 
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
(again, this is voice-overed and has words! The perfect combo!) 

The Rising by Kelly Armstrong 
(the sequel became much better! since it's voice-overed, we found that to be less cheesy. And it had cool tech-y CGI-ish stuff!) 

Prodigy by Marie Lu (they covered up Day's face with a hood and they had cool moves! Again, it was voice-overed. I think we're finding a theme here...)

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What kind of book trailers do you like? Words, voice-overs, acting, a combo? Do you have any that you love or find too painful to watch?? Let us know! 

Happy reading!
The (YA) Bookcase 


  1. I love book trailers! They make me so excited for their book. My favorite is for The School For Good And Evil. I don't really have a least favorite, sometimes I won't be totally in love with a trailer but I always at least like one. I don't really have a preference about what kind of trailers but if it's a voiceover it can't be overdramatic or it puts me off.

    1. We totally agree! The dramatic voice is often what makes it cheesy for us. A total turn off! I'll have to check out the trailer for The School for Good and Evil--Lily loved that one. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I generally don't like them. I think they are way too cheesy and I don't like having an image before going into a book. Because half the time they get it so wrong. I think one of my favourites though is Prodigy and I just watched it here for the first time. It was awesome!

    1. Yes, that's totally our problem! They look nothing like the characters and I prefer to make up what I think they look like!

    2. I feel like most of them have the potential to be totally awesome though if they didn't have such cheesy and poorly written scripts!

  3. Usually book trailers aren't done so well but recently HarperTeen has had some really good ones especially Reboot by Amy Tintera!!! I am in love with that trailer!

  4. I'm kind of ehhh, on book trailers, but have you seen the one for Struck by Jennifer Bosworth? It's my absolute FAVORITE book trailer ever. And the ones for C.J. Redwine's books are great too. And Stormdancer's book trailer. The Burning Sky and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea's trailers are EPIC. I was disappointed by Under the Never Sky's trailer, and Abandon by Meg Cabot's trailer. But that's okay! :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Oh! I'll have to check 'em out! I have seen the Defiance trailer and liked that one a lot--you can't go wrong with words and intense music. Under the Never Sky's was embarrassing...haha!

  5. Not really a fan of book trailers just like I don't like book blurbs. I like to not know a lot before reading a book, no prejudgments.

  6. I'm not a big fan of book trailers. They usually don't make me feel strongly about a book either way. I usually like reading a book without seeing the trailer.


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