First let's return to the last poll. The questions was "Do you watch book trailers?". The results were as follows:
- 75% No
- 25% Yes
There you have it, like myself (you can return here for my opinion), not many fantasy readers are actually interested in book trailers. To go even farther, when I look at the comments, it seems that its not simply a factor of indifference but a question of existence. I'm not sure that with this kind of reaction toward book trailers, the publishers ought to keep investing money in this particular type of marketing. Enough said anyway...
On to the next subject, in a completely light tone. When I posted the french cover for the latest novel of David Anthony Durham (The Sacred Band), at the start of the month, someone commented that he would be embarrassed to read this novel due to the cover art (and I have to add that his reasons in his case are totally legitimate and understandable).
I'm not here to criticize and I also have a good friend who is having the same kind of feelings, though less justified this time, no harm intended Dom :). He is actually quite happy when I bring him an hardcover book with a dust jacket. Then, he can read everywhere without feeling 'guilty' or embarrassed.
That situation is worse when you pick up a novel with a cover like the infamous Gathering Storm illustration by Darrell K. Sweet. However, for me, that has never been the case. I don't think I ever tried to hide the cover of a book I was reading or felt ashamed of reading one in public.
So, simply for the sake of curiosity, where do you stand? Do you know of others who are like this?
"Are you embarrassed of reading fantasy publicly?"