Monday, May 9, 2011

A Little Change and a Video

I've been doing the Saturday Morning Movie for a while now, but it wasn't really generating a whole lot of interest.  Plus, I've always wanted to keep this blog mostly writing related.  But I personally loved combing through YouTube for great videos.  So I've decided to move Saturday Morning Movie to Monday and keep it a tad more focused.  Instead of posting any old video I happen to like, I'm going to post a book trailer, the book's description (if I can find it), and my impressions.

So here's my first:

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Tenth Grade Bleeds

Book description:

It’s another sucky year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D’Ablo is hunting for the ritual that could steal Vlad’s powers. His best friend Henry doesn’t want to be his drudge anymore. And as if all that weren’t enough, it’s getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. When months go by with no word from Uncle Otis and D’Ablo shows up demanding Vlad’s father’s journal, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. Vlad needs to act fast, and even his status as the Pravus won’t save him this time . . .

My Impressions:

First of all, this is the third book in the series.  I chose to post this one because 1. I liked it better and 2. It was the only one I could find that I was sure was the official trailer.

So, I have to admit that I'm not all that into vampires anymore, but a book about a teen named Vladimir instantly piques my interest.  I just have to wonder how anyone could NOT know he's a vampire with a name like that.  Also, I think the trailer was done well.  It does a good job of letting us know the plot while also making it exciting enough to interest potential readers.  I think this can be hard with book trailers.  You certainly don't want a trailer to come off as nothing more than a query letter or back-0f-the-book blurb, but you also don't want to make it too much like a movie trailer, which are often left a tad too mysterious in order to get you to the theater.

So what do you guys think?  Would you look into this series based on this trailer?


  1. Um... no. But that's just me - I've never been into vampires! :)

  2. not really for me either. i'm not very into vampire stuff (except for BUFFY!!!! and twilight to a much lesser degree). blood really makes me GACK! and especially seeing it on a face! blech!
    i found the flash, flash, flash, and music with this one too much like a dance club or trendy, trendy. not really my thing.
    but i bet 14 year old girls would enjoy looking at the pics of the handsome kid...

  3. LOL on the name vladimir :D
    I'm not a fan of book trailers. I usually watch like the first five seconds and then turn them off. I guess i"m lame that way.

  4. This is so cool! I'm trying to do research about good book trailers for my own future books. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  5. It sounds like a good read, but I probably wouldn't pick it up. I need a little break from vampires. Thanks for the trailer though!

  6. Haha! I've seen that series around in the bookstores (mostly I noticed the fanged face) and wondered about it, but I never really delved into learning about it. Interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I'd read the book just because I love the name Vladimir. Great name.


  8. Vladimir is quite a common name in my country!

  9. I've been passing these books in the bookstore, I don't know why it just doesn't seem to grab me. After watching the trailer, I still don't think I'm going to pick up a copy. But it seems like it might be interesting;) And I love this post! Great idea:)

  10. My students loved this series when I taught. I'm still cranky about the fact that book trailers didn't exist when I went to school, but I need to move on.

    The trailer kept me interested with its quick transitions, techno music and pictures. I've never read these novels, but as I said, my students ate them up!

  11. If it weren't about another vampire, then yes, I'd look into the series based on the trailer.

  12. I love that there are now book trailers. What a good idea.

  13. Hi Emily, first time visitor. I'm not muchinto vampires but I really like the premise. I can see it is very good and should be successful. Maybe throw in a wormhole or two for good measure.


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