A great concept, this visual creation is supposed to reach the audience through the one sense that the book cannot. Sight. However, some people take this concept a bit too far and try to make a Hollywood-typed movie trailer though with the budget of a local film student.
Books are not visual. They are birthed in the imagination. When I see a book trailer with actors portraying the characters in the book, the author/publisher has just ruined the entire experience for me. No matter what, as soon as I pick up that book – if I ever pick up that book – I will be locked into the producer’s perspective of what the character looks like. My imagination has been rejected.
We’re talking about a book here, people. It should not be a blockbuster movie deal.
Here are a few trailers that I felt didn’t distract me or force images into my head prior to reading the novel:
Books are played out in the imagination. When the trailer shows a face, they have ruined it for me. That’s why I try to read the book before I see the film. Otherwise, why bother reading at all?