I’ve wanted to write fantasy fiction since I was a child. But the first book I wrote was a work of nonfiction—a work of purpose and a work of advocacy. This trailer points to a book that merges the two.
I want to love this trailer. I want to try this book. But despite my enthusiasm for the subject matter—I am an advocate for people with disabilities, after all—I can’t work up too much enthusiasm for this trailer.
When I first watched this trailer, I didn’t really know what it was about. I found it like I find most of the trailers I cover—by doing random searches for books/authors I don’t know. The title caught my eye. So, I watched the trailer just as any potential new reader would.
It was over a minute into the trailer before the premise of the book was made clear. Then, the smooth, if hokey experience the trailer had created turned a bit chaotic. This is not a problem in itself, but it became a problem because the chaos came without enough explanation. What do these images have to do with the book? We don’t know, because the trailer doesn’t let us in on the meaning behind these images. We’re left to assume.
All we really get out of this 2 minute trailer is the premise of the book and some accolades that don’t seem to make sense: How can the book be a top seller when it isn’t even out yet? Are they for the author’s previous work? If so, then why don’t we learn anything about that (those?) book(s)?
As enthusiastic as I want to be, this trailer falls short. We don’t know for sure who the main character is, though we learn a tiny little bit about the narrator. The suggestion is that there is a team of characters. The evidence indicates the narrating character is a blind man who bears witness to the events depicted in the book, but even that’s not definitive. We know there are two worlds, but we don’t know which one the story takes place in. So, all we really have to go on is the premise and it took over 2 minutes to get that much.
It is not enough and yet it’s too much, because the trailer is way too long, especially considering how little we learn. So, I want to love this trailer, but I can’t.