My previous poll asked a simple question : "Do you wait for series to be completed before starting one?"
Seems like this one was a no-brainer, 80% of the respondents answered with a No. It looks like most of us love series and we are not afraid to start a new one even if the end is not in sight, which is often the case in epic fantasy.
Now for my next question... this time, I find the object of the topic to be kind of overrated (or not if we're on the same page, we'll know better after the poll). What I mean is that I'm not really sure if it's something meant to exist and whether or not its actually useful. Are we really interested in book trailers?
A book trailer is quite simply a promotional tool. These days, they are mostly transmitted via the social networks, blogs and aggregator websites. I could understand their existence a bit more if indeed, they were seen more often than not on TV but I'm not certain that's actually the case. I may be mistaken here since I don't live in the US or the UK, correct me if I'm wrong.
For the sake of comparison, if we look at the statistics for the big brother of book trailers, movie trailers, Wikipedia indicates that "Of some 10-billion videos watched online annually, movie trailers rank #3, after news and user-created video." However, in the case of movie trailers they exist on the same medium, so it's easier to understand their relevance. With this in mind, book trailers should be a compendium of extracts... maybe I stretch too far... an extra long blurb?
From one of the previous polls, most readers don't even read extracts of upcoming novels. Will they look at the trailer? The choice to pick up a novel would then come from the reviews, blurbs, recommendations or even the covert art itself. So the decision to invest money into a book trailer could be a dubious venture for an editor.
But then, they could still be an amazing work of art, worthy of living on their own. Great but I'm still not sure it's pertinent. At any rate, I don't think I've ever been swayed to buy a novel after watching a trailer... and I don't really look at them...
Here's some examples :
So there it is : "Do you watch book trailers?"