Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Trailers


As a reader, do you like watching them?

As a writer, do you like using them to show case your novel?

I would answer yes to both of those questions. I love the idea of having such a visual representation of a book. I find that if I watch the book trailer before I’ve read the book it can be a pretty powerful draw to get me to read the book and after I’ve read the book I find I have an even deeper appreciation for the book trailer. So today I thought I would discuss some of the imagery from my book trailer for Highland Hearts.

But first, I have to mention the music. Just like in any movie or television show, music sets the mood. It can take you on an emotional journey. Here is the link so you can watch my book trailer for Highland Hearts before we talk about it any further. As you’re watching it pay attention to how the music makes you feel and try to figure out what each picture means.

Thanks for coming back J I’m not going to talk about every picture in detail because I don’t want to give too much away, but I will state that every picture has significance in the book.
The landscape pictures are all of Scotland. Most notably when you read the words “The Battle of Culloden is over” that picture was taken in the area where the famous Battle of Culloden took place in 1746 and the waterfalls are straight from the first scene of the book, Bracklinn Falls in Callander, Scotland.
Also, the pictures that look like an enormous old church are of Glasgow Cathedral. And therein the pictures of the blue stained glass windows and the one which reads “Just to lead me to the knowledge I gained tonight” are actual windows in Glasgow Cathedral.

So what do you think the rest of the pictures signify? I’ll leave you with one more – the picture of the thistle at the end – the thistle is Scotland’s national emblem. It has significance to the country’s history because as the legend goes it stopped barefooted invaders from sneakily attacking when they stepped on them :)


18 comments:

  1. You made me want to go to Scotland as well as want to read your book!

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  2. lol That's too funny about the thistles!!!

    I love to watch trailers. Book trailers are tricky because I think they tend to be too long to be interesting sometimes, but well-done ones definitely stir up interest in a book!

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  3. Jessica, the thing I see in some book trailers is that they tell the whole story and then I feel like I've read the book which isn't the point right? :)

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  4. Beautiful trailer and the music is so evocative! It definitely makes me want to read the book!

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  5. Lovely, Eva Maria!

    I've never done one...tell us more info, if you don't mind. When did you decide to do a trailer? How are you using it? Have you gotten much feedback?

    Loved seeing all your books on display. Great!

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  6. My Internet kept messing up so I couldn't watch the trailer without skips. But congrats on your book release, Eva Maria!

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  7. I enjoy book trailers. Thanks for sharing yours! I'd love to go to Scotland some time too! Maybe we should all plan a research trip!

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  8. What a lovely cover and such wonderful imagery. You had me at "one Highlander". Sigh.

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  9. Thanks Winnie, that's nice to hear! :)

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  10. Thanks Debby, I use the book trailer on my website. I know people are watching it because I can see the number of views increasing, but aside from blogs I haven't gotten any comments on youtube yet :)

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  11. Thanks Missy! Sorry to hear that you had trouble. Maybe another time :)

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  12. Thanks Carrie! And I think that is an excellent idea!!! :)

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  13. I would have to say as a reader I rarely watch trailers. I have seen some and it has had me interested. I agree about some telling to much, just like a blurb on the back can sometimes tell to much or tell things that end up happening in the last part of the book. for example the book talks about the hero and heroine and says after a hasty marriage to protect her from something etc etc.
    Only to find this hasty marriage happened on page 270ish of a 320 page book. It really tells me to much and disappoints.
    I will go look at the trailer now (my internets been cutting out today due to storms)

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  14. I agree Jenny! I actually try not to read the back cover of a book before I read it just in case. Although when I initially buy a book I do, because I know that it'll sit in my TBR pile long enough that I will most likely forget exactly what it said :)

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  15. I love Scottish history. There a lot of romance in the situation. I look forward to reading your book.

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  16. Thanks for Leann! There definitely is :)

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