One Writer’s Journey

February 20, 2014

Book Trailer: The importance of mood

Falling snow.  White feathers.  A young All-American teen.    Snow angels.   A child’s voice reciting a prayer.  The trailer for The Ether: Vero Rising by Laurice Elehwany Molinari starts out so sweet and innocent.    Why start out that way if it isn’t the mood of the overall story?

Vero isn’t just an ordinary boy.  After his twelth birthday he discovers that he is a Guardian Angel, one of the fiercest warriors ever.

But when you start with sweetness and light before you go to ominous, ominous packs a bigger punch.  It is delivered through grotesque shadows, a sword, a woman’s harsh voice and music full of strident strings.  Something big is about to happen and the viewer of this trailer (see below) will have to buy the book to find out what.

What mood would you want to set in the trailer for you own WIP?  What visuals and sounds would you use to accomplish it?  And how would it hook your reader?





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