Book Trailers, Franzen, and Fury

Monday, August 30th, 2010

By M. Milam

Jonathan Franzen recently voiced his distaste for book trailers (while making one himself for his new book, Freedom). “This might be a good place for me to register my profound discomfort at having to make videos like this,” he says. “To me, the point of a novel is to take you to a still place. You can multitask with a lot of things, but you can’t really multitask reading a book. You’re either reading a book or you’re not. To me, the world of books is the quiet alternative and a more desperately needed alternative.”

Could be. Still, here at Memoirville we like to spread the word about book trailers we fancy. Exhibit K: Koren Zailckas’ new memoir, Fury, is a journey through her process of learning how to deal with her anger and rage. Even though she wrote a book, she does not take her readers to a still and quiet place. And neither does her trailer.

We also like that it looks like she made this video in her living room, with her family, and had fun doing so. Look out for an interview with Zailckas here on Memoirville right after Labor Day.

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One response

  1. Sonya C says:

    best book trailer i’ve seen in a long while. thanks for sharing, Memoirville!!!

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