Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What the? Wednesday

Today for What the? Wednesday I wanted to talk about the dozens of trailers in movies.

You guessed it, I took the youngling to see a movie and we got there only ten minutes prior to the LISTED time. I figured we'd see some trailers. We were early. But it took, no joke, another 20 minutes past the listed time for the movie to start. Granted, they want you to see bits of other movies so you'll go back and see another movie, but come on. 20 minutes?

I dunno about you, but it's not what draws me back into the theatre. I'm looking at this from the standpoint of a parent. The kid is there to see the MOVIE not the trailers. Get it moving already.

I think the same thing about books, too. If I buy an ebook, which I do frequently, I don't want fifteen pages of previews at the end of the book. That's (IMHO) what blurbs are for. I hate thinking, gee, this is gonna be a great book. OOh, over 200 pgs, nice. Only to get 160 pgs in and find that, WHAM-O! I'm at the end and it's rushed, but also there are a gazillion pages of crap. I have been known not to read the book again.

Now, if you're an author, most likely, you CAN'T control this. Nope. It's the publishers. I know it happens, but it's still irksome.

Ok, jumping down off my soapbox. Gotta get some work done.



Clare Revell said...

We get that here, but the Really Aggrannoying thing? Those 20 mins are included in the film length. so we dropped the kids off to see toy story 3 last week, figuring 2hr film, plus 20 mins of trailers... plenty of alone time for us...Uh no. 90 mins later phone rings - we've walked to grandmas. Can you come and get us!

Debbie Alferio said...

I agree that the trailers can get annoying, but I also understand the reasoning behind them. The movie trailers are building a platform, so to speak, for the upcoming film. By showing trailers, film makers often create a buzz about the movie long before production of it is ever completed. Compare this to an author who promotes her work through blog tours, mass email/direct mail campaigns, interviews, etc. Many authors are even following suit and creating book trailers to show on YouTube and Facebook. It's all about drawing interest and hopefully gaining sales. Often times, the best time to promote is BEFORE the work is released to the public. Anticipation builds excitement, excitement gets the people to the theater or book signing, and if there are people there, they will buy. One other thing I will agree on, however, is that they COULD shorten the amount of time the trailers take--20 minutes is a bit ridiculous!