I've never seen a book trailer that made me want to buy the book. I'm kind of stymied by them, actually. An ad? A little movie, for a book? What's the point?
That was, until this one. From galleycat:
she began thinking of unique ways that she could promote the story of a
romance between a rich white girl and a Latino gang member in a Chicago
high school to readers. "Book trailers are great, but in order for mine
to stand out it needed a 'wow' factor," she told us, "or at least a
'that's totally off-the-wall and goofy' factor." Elkeles was a big fan
of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a teenager, and loved the way
the show's theme song told the character's story. So she began writing
a condensed version of her novel as a rap song.
A young adult novel, as a rap video. I thought that it would be so horrible it would be worth watching. It WAS worth watching, but it's not horrible. In fact, it's so damn cute that you need to see it, too, and I absolutely know I'll buy the book, if only to honor the spirit that went into making the trailer. I'd embed it here, but you should probably go watch it in high quality, so go HERE. And enjoy.
(And Lala? Get to thinking about my cowboy rap, kthx.)
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