Sadly, they cannot all win. So I have chosen my five favorites, along with three honorable mentions, and then I turn the voting over to you. You will have until midnight on February 28th to decide which book trailer you like the best.
First, let me explain what I like in a book trailer. I enjoy seeing something different and creative. I don't enjoy reading a ton of text. I also tend to get bored if the trailer is long. I want to click on it, get the message of the book, and have it create an impact right off the bat. So without further ado, here are my top five picks, in no particular order:
Entry #1: Bumpy Landings
by Don Carey
I enjoyed this trailer because it took a completely unexpected medium and told the story in a way I've never seen before and may never see again. I was delighted by this approach.
Entry #2: The Healing Spell
by Kimberley Griffiths Little
The voiceover is what brought this trailer to life, both with the accent and with the words that were spoken. It had a rich quality to it that I appreciated.
Entry #3: The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
The professionalism of this piece blew me away. I felt I was watching an ad for a movie, with professional actors and expensive set.
Entry #4: 13 Words
by Lemony Snicket
To be honest, this one was just a hair long for me, but I really enjoyed its humor and creativity. And of course I'm dying to know how those 13 words end up tying together ...
Entry #5: The Upside of Down
by Rebecca Talley
I liked this one so much because it took the entire message of the book, put it in a capsule, and delivered it right to the heart. No beating around the bush, nothing long and drawn out. And then that closing picture ... who wouldn't melt over that?
The first honorable mention tonight goes to Susan Dayley for her trailer featuring the novel Redemption. This trailer had the most amazing use of text I've ever seen. The writers of the Bible enjoyed creative uses of words like this - you see it in some of the verses in the Book of Mormon as well. This book trailer isn't a chiasmus, but it's related, and I was fascinated by it. See it now.
The second honorable mention goes to the music video for Mark of Royalty. I've never seen a music video for a book before, and I thought that was rather awesome. But as it's a music video and not a trailer, it's not included in the trailer contest. See it now.
The third honorable mention goes to It's a Book. It has been one of my favorite book trailers to make the rounds of the Internet lately, and it makes me laugh every time I watch it. This one is my contribution to the stack of nominees. See it now.
Your task? Watch all five official entries and leave your vote in the comment trail. The winner will receive ... well, nothing, but I'm sure they'll be mighty flattered.