Confession: before writing this post I had never watched a book trailer before in my life. I guess I just never quite understood the point of watching a trailer when I could simply read the synopsis in 1/8 of the time.
But then I thought about how one of my favorite things about going to the movies is watching the previews. I absolutely love movie trailers, and will sometimes spend an unhealthy amount of time on IMDb watching all of the new trailers which are scheduled to come out this year. I could just as easily save myself 3 minutes by reading the film synopsis, but I can’t help but be drawn in by them. So why have I never felt that same draw when it comes to books?
It’s only a guess, but I think it has something to do with the fact that one of my favorite parts of reading a book is to picture the characters in my own mind. Why would I want a trailer to influence how I see the characters?
I’ve since watched a few book trailers, and I must say I’m not too into them. They are all pretty similar, with some close-up shots of sexy bedroom eyes, romanticized font telling the synopsis throughout, and a rather cheesy song accompaniment. They might not be my thing, but what about all of you? Do you watch book trailers? If so, why, and do you have any favorites? Feel free to share!