Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Trailer Contest - Cast Your Vote!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my book trailer contest - you sent in fantastic entries and I enjoyed watching them.  I saw a lot of talent displayed, and my "to read" list has gotten even longer.  If you would like to see the full list of entries, check out the comment trail here.

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?

Honorable Mentions:

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. 


Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

They're all good in their own way! It's so hard to choose - but if I must, then I'd have to pick The Upside of Down. I liked its simplicity and was touched by its message. I'm excited to find out who the winner will be!

Lolawid said...

As much as I loved them all, I would have to vote for the Healing spell. I also got a good chuckle out of It's a Book. They were all well done!

Susan Bearman said...

Well, I nominated 13 Words, which I still love, but I think I'm going to cast my vote for The Healing Spell, because Lemony Snicket already has fame and glory.

Dan Olsen said...

I enjoyed all of the trailers for different reasons. I suppose if I have to pick one, and that seems to be the rule right? I'd go with the trailer for The Maze Runner. Based off of nothing more than the trailer, that is the book I would most want to read.

Forever Friends said...

I liked them all, but my favorite would be #1 because ofI was in Hawaii with Bob, loved to fly and I enjoyed the little people toys.

Randall said...

Boy. I liked them all, with the exception of the Lemony Snicket one. It just didn't do much for me.

My top choice is "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner.

Thanks for sharing. Tristi!

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

Hey Tris, I watched them all and liked them all, but one really did stand out for me. The Healing Spell. I liked it best because of the words, the inflection of the gal speaking, the music, the pictures. If I had to pick one to read right now, that would be the one that grabbed my attention the most. Second place for me would have been The Upside of Down. Loved the video of the water, but it was the music. Man, the music. It took my breath away. So beautiful. There you have it!

MaryKay said...

My favorite is the trailer for The Healing Spell, though I enjoyed several of the others too.

Jordan McCollum said...

Tough choice, but I'm going to go with The Healing Spell, too!

Jane Isfeld Still said...

Hands down the Healing Spell. Very mysterious, spellbinding. They were all nice and I was impressed. LOVE LOVED THE BOOK too. :)

Sheila said...

It is so hard to choose, but I loved the Healing Spell and the trailer captured the essence of the book. Next would be The Upside of Down.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Wowza, thanks everyone!!! The trailer was truly a labor of love with my very good friends at Nua Music (LDS folks in Phoenix).

It was truly a labor of love - and Nua Music were perfectionists! I talked about how we made it here:

And Nua says the next trailer for my upcoming novel, CIRLE OF SECRETS is gonna be even better! Wow. I'm doing a book trailer filming trip in June. So fun!

Thanks again for all the lovely votes! And thank you to Tristi for running this!

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