Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies. Unless their last name is Grisham or King, authors will probably never see their trailers on the big screen at the local cineplex. And that's a shame because a lot of hard work goes into producing these short marriages between book and video. So, if you like what you see, please spread the word and help these videos go viral.
Click the YouTube icon to watch a larger versionWife 22 if it weren't for its clever trailer. Nothing against Ms. Gideon and what looks like a good book, but--at least on the surface--Wife 22 is not the kind of story found on the shelves of the literary supermarket where I typically shop. Billed as a novel for fans of Bridget Jones' Diary and I Don't Know How She Does It, Gideon's Wife 22 centers around Alice Buckle--wife, mother of two, drama teacher, Facebook fanatic--who feels cut adrift in her 20-year marriage. On a whim, she signs up for an anonymous marriage survey, is assigned an identity ("Wife 22"), and begins an online correspondence with Researcher 101. As you'll see from the video, their clinical chats soon turn to flirtation and Alice finds herself drifting into dangerous waters. The book trailer has spunk, a sense of humor, and enough of the character's "voice" to tease me into checking out a book I normally might have bypassed. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes a successful book trailer. Sign me up.