Amazon Crowns First Book Trailer Contest Winner

Amazon, Ania Ahlborn, book trailer, Grinning Demons, Seed

Amazon crowned its first ever book trailer contest winner. Contestants had to create a trailer for the same book, Seed, a horror novel by author Ania Ahlborn, who would pick the winner. She chose Grinning Demons by Vikas Wadhwa. According to Hollywonk, Ahlborn felt it best seized the "dirty magic" of the rural south. Wadhwa wins $3,000 for his efforts.

Interestingly enough, it wasn't the public's favorite. They chose Samuel Scott's Broken Bindings, and their vote will reward Scott with a $500 Amazon gift card.

This relaunches the debate about what makes a good book trailer. It's unlikely all the voters have read Seed, but since a book trailer is supposed to make you want to see/read something, it's hard to go against the logic of a casual voter in this case.

Here's the winning trailer: 

Do you think there is a specific way to shoot a book trailer? Did you vote for this contest? What did you think of the author's decision? For reference, here's a link to the fan-favorite trailer.

Benoît Lelièvre

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Benoît Lelièvre is twenty-nine years old and lives in Montreal,Canada. His fiction has been published in Needle Magazine, Crime Factory, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Shotgun Honey and The Flash Fiction Offensive, amongst others. When he's not furiously typing away, he's watching hockey, studying martial arts, consuming pop culture or kicking back with his better half and his dog. He blogs out of Dead End Follies, where he reviews books, movies and chronicles his existence.

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