Aug 14, 2012


Trailer-palooza #2: Narrators

I absolutely love book trailers. I think they're a wonderful way to introduce readers to a new novel in a way that is much more interesting than a simple summary. There is so much that can be done with them, and even an awful book can have the most beautiful trailer.

But not all are so perfect.

My biggest pet peeve when it comes to book trailers are those awful narrators. You know the ones that sound like they're reading right off of a script? The ones that make you want to tear your ears out so that the whiny droning will finally stop? Yeah, me too.

Apparently people think that you don't need to be an actor if it's only your voice being recorded. Those people are horribly, horribly wrong. Somebody needs to slap them ASAP.

See what I mean?

Sometimes you can still have a great trailer even if the voice leaves something to be desired. But sometimes a poorly chosen narrator can completely ruin the whole thing.

On the other hand, a really great narrator can make a book trailer that I wouldn't have even considered all the more appealing.

What do you guys think? Do the narrators really make that much of a difference?

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