Trailer Time: Trailer Fail?

I found what may be a book trailer, but it’s hard to know for sure:

If you look at the handle of the video poster, you’ll see that this trailer was posted by “FailVideos17.” The text sounds like something that would go with a book trailer, but the video itself…

Is this really a trailer or is a “fail” spoof?

If it’s supposed to be a trailer, it’s definitely a fail, because:

  • I have no idea what’s going on.
  • The book title, author, and other pertinent information aren’t available in the trailer itself.
  • I’m more concerned about finding out whether this is really a book trailer or some weird kind of spoof than I am about figuring out what this trailer is supposed to communicate about the book.

Intrigue is important to capture interest. Creative use of a low-budget is a fine strategy. But…a book trailer is supposed to be intriguing and informative. If you don’t provide viewers with information—like who the story is about, why they should care, or, at the very least, what the book is—then a successful intrigue will still result in a failed sale.

This definitely goes on the “don’t do this at home” list.

And, if it’s a spoof, what’s the point?

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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