The second trailer featured Paul Giamatti as Shteyngart's roommate, visiting a women's club full of hot "cougar" women who have little interest in the author as personified here (a very weird shtick indeed). I can't get enough of Giamatti, from Sideways and John Adams to Win Win. If he wants to start making book trailers, too, I'm all for it.
Neither trailer really discusses the novel in question; both are made purely for laughs, fitting for an author who just this week won the Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction -- a first for an American author.
So first, go watch those trailers, especially if you're a fan of Shteyngart, Giamatti, or Franco.
And second, do trailers work?
In Alaska, we've seen book trailers from Homer memoirist Miranda Weiss (winter razor-clamming) and from mystery author Dana Stabenow (a lighthearted overview of her Kate Shugak Series). Are there any others we should know about?
If your book doesn't have a humorous angle -- and/or you don't have Hollywood friends willing to do cameos -- will anybody watch? Shteyngart's first trailer got over 146,000 views on youtube, but would the average author find it worthwhile to make a video for 1,000 views?
Given the ease of making and posting, and the blossoming of filmmaking talent in Alaska, I thought we'd see a much bigger explosion of book trailers by now. Any thoughts?