Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dueling Book Trailers

I love book trailers! I especially love them when they look like a movie. But I've never seen dueling book trailers. (OK, they're not really dueling book trailers-I just like saying that). Amanda Hocking's books were originally self-published and now they're getting major publication. But instead of having one book trailer, there's a US trailer and a UK trailer. I've seen different covers before, but like I said, this is the first time I've come across UK and US book trailers. It's the same book, same series, but it's interesting to see how the two market the books in different ways.

US Trailer:

UK Trailer:

I like both and I don't. I think the US trailer has blah acting and looks overly dramatic and angsty. I think the UK trailer doesn't tell enough about the book. But I do like the movie-style of both and I love that Tonks is in the UK trailer!:)

Which one do you prefer? Have you seen dueling trailers before?


  1. Hi! For some reason I can't see the videos above :/

    Book Soulmates

  2. Vanessa-You commented too soon! I just fixed the videos.

  3. For me, the first trailer (the US one) makes me want to read the book and the second one (the UK one) doesn't. I think you're right - the first one tells more about the book and that's what has me intrigued, even though the second one is maybe more visually pleasing.

  4. Abby-agreed. The second one is very pretty, but really doesn't tell you anything.

  5. The first one is a little CW for my taste, I liked the second one much better. Starcrossed and a UK trailer which I think was also one of the better book trailers I have seen. Yet another reason for me to moved to London.

  6. Can't say I've seen dueling trailers before, either. Not sure I'm a fan, since the world building changes with something like actor accents. Plus, the UK version is shot with a darker filter than the US one, so it kinda feels like one isn't being honest about the book (i.e., is it a dark story or a fluffier one?).


  7. Yeah Agent 6 has two trailers, one US and one UK, too. The US one is better:

  8. Interesting! If they combined some of the info from the US trailer with the visuals of the UK trailer, it would do it for me.

  9. Just found your blog and am a new follower. I can't watch the trailers on my little Acer (something's wrong with the sound system). Will have to wait until my laptop gets back from the shop. But I wish I were in Amanda Hocking's shoes! - LWReyes, author of The Rock of Ivanore (

  10. Wow - those were REALLY different. Hard to believe they're for the same book! The US one had plot, which I liked. I kind of got the sense of what the story was about. The UK one felt rather generic, like it might have been for a whole bunch of different books. But just like books have different covers for their UK and US releases, it's intriguing to consider how marketing books differs by country, too. Thanks for sharing this - and thanks as well for being part of the 2012 Comment Challenge!
    Keep on commenting,


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