Trailer Time: The Video Monologue

This trailer was recommended by YouTube, so I took a peek.

Based on the trailer, I would describe this book as a romance novel, with fantasy as the subgenre.  This classification follows in the popularity of Twilight, where the plot points follow the traditions of the romance genre, but the story is complicated by its fantasy-based premise.  So, it’s not really I book I would want to read for myself, but I was still impressed with the trailer.

Looking at the trailer, you’ve got to respect the quality of the monologue and the evocative, but deceptively simple video shots used to convey the premise of the book.  When you have a story with a dominant main character, the monologue becomes a good way to incite intrigue and interest.  A few carefully crafted mini-scenes can create a visual presentation of the book that compliments the monologue, providing visual stimulation at (relatively) affordable prices.  Again, you’re talking actors, costumes, and the like.

Would a monologue work for your book?

If so, would you want to create mini-scenes?  How else can you create the visual stimulation necessary for a book trailer?

Personally, I think a monologue would work for the memoir I’m writing.  Instead of getting actors to portray us, however, I think I would create a slideshow using real-life pictures.  If I were to hire the right talent, this could be just as visually appealing as video clips of actors, and it would cost a lot less.

What will you do to work within your budget?

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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5 Responses to Trailer Time: The Video Monologue

  1. acflory says:

    I thought this trailer was very clever but probably wouldn’t work for me. I’d like some kind of computer animated sequences, but anything like that is prohibitively expensive. 😦

    • No, a monologue wouldn’t work, because yours is not a story about a single character.

      But, in your case, I don’t think computer animation would be necessary either. You’ve posted quite a few drawings on your blog. With those, maybe some more landscape images like you used for your cover, and the voiceover, you could create a very respectable book trailer for your book, especially if you kept it short enough to be a tease.

      And a tease is all you need! Once you get the right readers interested in the world you’ve created, you’ll have them hooked!

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