Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
Here is this week's topic:
Book trailers... do you watch them? Do they convince you to read a book?
Before I started blogging, I had never seen a book trailer. I had no idea they even existed. The first time I watched a trailer, I was expecting it to be something like a movie preview, but it wasn't. Basically, it boiled down to a bunch of pictures and quotes and some music. Yes, it was professionally done and nice to look at it, but did it really convince me to read the book? I would have to say no. These days, book trailers have evolved and many use actors and they do look like a movie preview, but I can say, that I still rarely watch them.
I can honestly say that book trailers don't appeal to me. They are nothing more than showy advertisements for a book, and I rarely have the patience to sit through a commercial on tv, so why would I want to watch one for fun? I don't.
The other reason book trailers don't appeal to me is because you can show me all the pretty pictures you want and have a gorgeous cover, but it still doesn't guarantee a good book. In fact, I have burned so many times by pretty covers, that I am hesitant to pick up a book based on the cover. I hope I have learned. Flashy graphics, music and pictures aren't going to sway me either.
Some book trailers do use actors, but I am not always a fan of that either as sometimes the actors don't match the ideas I have in my head for the characters. I like to go in and form my own images of the characters.
What will sway me to read a book is reviews.
I am much more inclined to pick up one of those sleeper books that explodes onto the blogosphere because of blogger buzz and great reviews.
While a trailer might be a good way to generate interest and draw attention to your book, I don't know how effective they are. We all have short attention spans, and we don't like to spend too much time on advertisements, at least I don't. I would much rather be reading reviews than looking at pretty pictures.
So if you are an author thinking about spending money on a book trailer, I would start asking around and seeing how many people actually sit and watch book trailers. I am sure there are some out there, but does it mean it will generate sales? I have no idea. I would certainly weigh the cost of the trailer before doing one.
Tell me, do you sit and watch book trailers? Do they convince you to read a book?
Next week's TMST:
Do you reread books or series?