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January 27, 2010


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I just watched this 15-20 minutes ago, G.D. Falksen had posted it on Twitter. The narration is SO incredibly bad, that -- when paired with the image theft -- I had a hard time believing it was real. It feels like a horrible joke, a bad parody of book trailers.

That said, I'm really having a hard time grasping the idea of book trailers. Books are a written medium. Trailers are for visual media. The very lack of visual-ness leads to these ridiculous photo montages.

Also, I would not be at all surprised if the punked-up wristwatch was also a stolen image.

Wait! I just heard the name of the heroine. Don't you dare use my name, you two-bit HACK. Now I'm grumpy. I had the misfortune to read a romance novel by her, and it was truly, truly, truly dreadful.

You can tell this is just an attempt to be trendy by cashing in on Steampunk. It sounds hilariously bad.

Meanwhile, onboard the airship Behindenburg...

AJ... "...I'm really having a hard time grasping the idea of book trailers..."

I doubt it's really worth the effort & cost, which could probably be better spent with old-fashionned ads in the likes of Locus and Asimov's. It makes sense for a TV show to put out an ad in a magazine because people who read usually also watch TV. (Yes, there are some exceptions, as people who show up here know.) But there aren't enough people who watch TV, or who go to the movies, who also read. Finally, unless a person already knows about the book thru an ad, how are they going to come across the ad on YouTube?

Serge, I think you're overestimating the cost, especially for a trailer made entirely of "found" visuals. (I'm not counting potential legal costs, obviously.) And once it's together, there's the hope of a video going viral, which gives you wide distribution. Granted, that's like hoping for a lottery win, but you never know; and it needn't go viral for good reasons to get good distribution. We're up to at least five (presumably reading) viewers here, after all.

And that ripped off puppy is already stripped from You Tube. Guess someone got an earful....

David Wald... True, especially if one has access to public-domain material, or if we ask the owner for their permission. Hmmm... It might actually be a fun exercise.

Larisa... Especially if this got to her Penguin editor.

And now, for something completely different, "The Montgolfier Brothers in Love".

I just edited this post to reflect the recent goings-on: the video has been pulled. The author has claimed she knew nothing, but has notably failed to, oh, apologize or take any responsibility or anything. I'm not impressed. More stolen images in the video have been traced and a version with annotations of the thefts has been posted for the record. There's now a link to that above.

Susan... The author (...) has notably failed to, oh, apologize or take any responsibility or anything.

Reminds me of Bush Jr.

By the way, are you thinking of actually reading the book so that you can further trash and chastise the author? It is a dirty job, but someone has got to do it. On the other hand, life is too short, and there are plenty of good stories awaiting our peepers & brains.

I was thinking the same thing - just like our ex-pres.

I don't plan to get the book, no. I've no desire to give the author a dime, and life is, as you say, too short. I have lots of good books to read already.

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