I know that not everyone in the YA book blog community enjoys a great horror novel, but I certainly do. Today, I want to put the book trailers of two YA horror novels that I’m looking forward to reading head-to-head. Both of these novels came out in 2009, but I unfortunately, haven’t had the chance to read them yet. Check them both out and help me decide which one ought to be named the creepiest, scariest, or all around best put together book trailer this week. At the same time, if you see anything that you’re less than enthusiastic about, feel free to leave a comment about that too.
First up is the trailer for Katie Alender‘s debut novel, Bad Girls Don’t Die . I could tell you a bit about the book and the trailer right now, but you’ve really got to check out the book trailer before I do any of that (don’t want to ruin anything for you). Watch it now, and we can talk about it later:
In BadGirlsDon’tDie trailer, the music sets the stage. It’s tempo and atmosphere begins in a spooky way, but at the same time, matches the realistic, seemingly contemporary storyline maintained for the majority of the trailer, until the soundtrack and video changes three-quarters of the way through. Creepy, right? I for one wasn’t expecting the change in the trailer, even though I knew it was a ghost story. While the moment I’m alluding to totally makes the horror theme, I have to say that the irony of the voiceover saying, “Things are pretty dead around here” makes this good book trailer a great one in my opinion. We definitely saw more than the main character did, which makes it all the sweeter.
Next up is Rick Yancey‘s The Monstrumologist. I’ve heard great things about this book; it was highly recommended to me by one of the people I follow on Twitter, so I’m really excited that not only is the first novel out and about, but also the second book in the series, The Curse Of The Wendigo, was published a couple of months ago, so I’m excited to read both of them. There is only one book trailer for us to check out, so why don’t you check it out now:
Unlike the first trailer, the one for TheMonstrumologist consistently focuses on the spooky, creepy, and horrific. From the soundtrack to the mix of still and video images, every single element is meant to build up an atmosphere equivalent to horror novels and movies, but it means that we don’t get as much insight into the protagonist. Instead, we learn about the carnivorous monsters and the doctor who is studying them. Like the first trailer, this one also has a shock and awe type moment at the very end, but it wasn’t as unexpected as the moment in the Bad Girls Don’t Die trailer in my opinion. Nevertheless, it definitely sparked my interest further.
Now that we’ve watched and discussed both of the trailers together, it’s your turn. Take the opportunity to select your favorite trailer: is it gonna be The Monstrumologist or Bad Girls Don’t Die? Which trailer makes you want to read the book more? Which trailer spooks you the most? Place your vote today to make sure the trailer you prefer wins this week.