Sunday, March 11, 2012
A Book Trailer Worth 25 Grand
The title to this blog posting is misleading. Actually, my Library has a book trailer that has been viewed more then 25,000 times. It just topped 25 grand today, which is why I'm mentioning it.
Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell
(MPL Book Trailer #91)
Scowl-Face originally made this book trailer to enter in a Public Library Association (PLA) library video contest, only to subsequently discover that the contest officials were looking exclusively for live-action videos featuring library kids. That wasn't specified in the email inviting entries, but emails are often ambiguous. So he uploaded the book trailer to the MPL YouTube Channel and expected it to garner a few hundred hits at best. He would have been happy if it had reached 500 viewings. But 25,000? In your dreams, Scowlly, I said at the time. Nobody would watch one of our book trailers that much.
Fortunately for the Library, I was completely off-base with my predictions. Scowl-Face just completed his 150th book trailer last week, which was about some children's book, I think. I don't actually pay too much attention to what Scowl-Face is up to.
Tree Girl, by T. A. Barron
(MPL Book Trailer #150)
Ironically, Tree Girl has been compared with Island of the Blue Dolphins in terms of its strong female central character and her sense of isolation and personal discovery. Not that we knew such things when we made the book trailer. We just like to match subject matter with The Music Man's great soundtracks. (The songs come first, and then we find something to make a video about that more or less corresponds.)
Thanks to all those folks out there in cyberspace who have watched these (or any of our) Library videos. We hope you have enjoyed them. In fact, if you've enjoyed them half as much as we've enjoyed making them, then we've enjoyed them twice as much as you. (Thanks to Monty Python for that great joke, probably written by Michael Palin and/or Terry Jones.)
Love Jokes Involving Word Play,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Library Video News Beat
P.S. The progressive metal band Platypus released an instrumental, "25," on its CD Ice Cycles (2000). Seemed like a good fit for this blog post.