Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Trailer Park Tuesday: Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel

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.

Self-deprecating novelists who pitch their books with ironic smirks always make the best book trailers.  Carolyn Parkhurst's self-promotion video for The Nobodies Album remains the untopped classic, but now here comes Laurie Frankel as a top contender for the title.  At the outset of her trailer for Goodbye for Now ("a novel about love, loss and social networking"), Frankel says she's been told that one of the most important things about launching a new book is getting famous people to offer blurbs on its behalf.  "I thought it was going to be hard because I don't know any famous people."  But she forgot about her finger-puppet friends who were (ahem) on hand to sing the praises of her novel.  So, for the next two minutes, we're treated to a hilarious parade of dead celebs talking about Goodbye for Now.  We get Albert Einstein riffing on Adam Sandler, Jane Austen pining for "Colin Firth in a wet shirt" and Andy Warhol declaring, "It's fabulous! It deserves an hour of fame."  But my favorite blurbing digit has to be The Scream (the one by Edvard Munch): "OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!  I CANNOT EVEN BELIEVE HOW GREAT IT IS!!  IT TOTALLY BLEW MY MIND!!!"

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