Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Post! (About Time....)

First off, if your one of the Campaigners, hello! My entry for the first challenge is below, if that's what your looking for :)

I figured I'd start using pictures now :)

Okay, so in case you are wondering, the above is a still from the movie The Young Victoria. It was a good movie. There was a love triangle, an assassin, family troubles, romance, drama, and even some nice character growth thrown in the mix.

But you wouldn't have known it from the back cover.

Basically, the back cover didn't do the movie justice. It was boring and bland, and left out all the details that made the movie good (and even ruined the love triangle, which I really hate when people do). In fact, from reading it, I probably would have skipped the movie if my mom had not had us watch it together.

Now onto another seemingly random and unrelated story! So I was looking around at the clips from a TV show at their site, and I noticed something: all the clips left you with more questions. ALL of them. Not one of them answered any of the questions I was dying to know, but instead just created more of them. Basically, it made me NEED to actually watch the show to find out how everything works out.

So what I'm getting at is that when your telling people about your book, tell them what goes WRONG. If there's a complicated love triangle that is one of the main subjects of the book, tell them! DON'T tell them that your main character "draws strength from their love" with one of the characters ( yes, I'm talking about Young Victoria again). 

If you've been following me for awhile, you'll remember how I've said that people in general like drama. No, we're not all drama queens, but yes, we do like it. So, as a writer marketing your book, give us what we want!

Tell us about the challenges and complications that your character must face (keeping in mind not to give anything away that happens later, of course), that way we start coming up with questions ( how do they solve that problem, who does she pick, how do they escape, etc.) that can only be answered by reading the book. 

Had the cover of The Young Victoria said less of how she was "resolved to establish her authority over those who rule in her stead" and  how she "draws strength from the love of Albert", but instead mentioned  more of her struggles with her controlling family, her restricting life-style, how she had to prove to a doubting (and even angry) country that she could lead them, her complicated love life, and how she brings her country to the brink of a disaster, then I would have been a lot more eager to see it.(Wow, was that a run-on sentence or what!) Know what I'm saying?

Okay, now to the daily question! So, have you ever watched a movie/ read a book that turned out to be a lot more than the cover implied? Was it better or worse than you expected? Answer below!


  1. Couldn't have said it better myself! When selling our book to the masses, the best way is to make them curious and hungry for answers. Great post!

  2. I'm sure I have, but I can't think of an example off the top of my head. I haven't seen The Young Victoria yet, but I think Emily Blunt is a terrific actress so I should definitely check it out!

  3. "Tell them what goes wrong," is great advice. Without conflict, you don't have a story. A movie I didn't have high expectations for is Bolt. The kids wanted to see it, and I thought it might be okay, but it turned out that I loved it. You can never tell can you?

  4. Thanks guys! @kirsten, I loved Bolt too! That reminds me of Tangled. I was the only one in my family who actually wanted to see it, but we ended up all loving it! (and watching it acouple times... :)

  5. I SO need to watch that movie. =)

    Hi Rachel! *waves* I'm another campaigner and I have an answer for you. That "I Believe" button? Go to, set up your profile, go to the "share your profile" link, and there's the button.

    What you're talking about in this post, that's how you hook an agent--give them a teaser that makes them hungry for more. I've hooked a few in my day, now just need to get brave enough to send them something. *gulp* Have any courage-on-a-stick you can loan me?

    And on a completely separate topic, TAG, you're it.

  6. The Source Code ended up being way more awesome than the trailer let me to believe.

    BTW, I stopped over by way of Crystal's tag and I'm a fellow campaigner! *waves* :)

  7. I haven't seen that movie. I guess I'll have to check it out. And as far as your question, well, I haven't had that experience. So, hurray for liking the movie more!

  8. I loved Young Victoria! I wasn't too sure about watching another movie about another queen's life, but it was interesting and the romance was very sweet.

    And great advice. Query = tell them what goes wrong:)

  9. Thanks for the comments! And Crystal, thanks for the tag!! And i ended up finding a button, but maybe I'll go set up a profile now! thanks :)

  10. I just watched "house of flying daggers" with my family tonight. We were so confused. By the first 20 minutes, the hook on the back of the movie cover was over, the problem solved because the hook wasn't even real, and then for the rest of the movie we were like, "Wait, what is this about?"

    It didn't end well. But it was pretty.

  11. I think you're totally right! I've seen a movie trailer for a movie that is out right now several times. Each time it KILLS ME WITH THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. And what kills me even more is that because of some of the elements in the movie, I know it's one I will never see. So each time I see the trailer, I am mad that they are making me want to know what happens SO BADLY. Now that's what you want to go for. Not that it's easy or anything.

  12. I know exactly what you mean. I was interested to learn recently that the author doesn't have much say over cover design or the blurb - bit scary considering that's what readers usually base their purchase decision on!