Book Trailer Tuesday: Pastworld

Book Trailer Tues Book Trailer Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by me, Anastasia. It’s very simple to play along: find a particularly awesome book trailer, embed it in a post, then proceed to coo all over it. Or, y’know, talk about whatever you want to talk about. Why did this book trailer catch your eye? Why do you want to share it with people? Did it make you want to read the book? Why was it effective (or not)?

It was actually kind of hard to find a trailer to feature this week, since all the ones I was watching were a) boring, b) bland, c) dull or d) all of the above. We desperately need some new ones that aren’t just text put on top of a copyright-free image, please! I see text flying at me, I’m x-ing out of that tab right quick.

Anyway, I eventually found this:

It’s Pastworld by Ian Beck!

Okay, so it’s not the best. The acting is kind of…eh. And it looks like a less subtle (and less awesome) ripoff of last week’s BTTues, right down to the security cam feed shots. But it has PEOPLE in it, and somewhat good special effects, and it’s infinitely more interesting than all of the other trailers I crawled through.

Does it make me want to read the book? Yes. Kinda. I’m hoping that the actual book is better than those poor kids’ acting, because it sounds like a really interesting story. Here’s the summary from Amazon:

What if all of London were really an amusement park—a whole city returned to Victorian times to entertain visitors from the twenty-first century? That’s the wildly original premise of Ian Beck’s Pastworld, a high-stakes mystery set in a simulated past.

Eve is a lifelong resident of Pastworld who doesn’t know she’s living in a theme park until a mysterious threat forces her to leave home. Caleb is a visiting tourist who finds the lawlessness of the past thrilling—until he suddenly becomes a fugitive from an antiquated justice system. And in the midst of it all, in the thick London fog a dark and deadly figure prowls, claiming victim after victim. He’s the Fantom, a creature both of the past and of the present, in whose dark purpose Caleb and Eve will find their destinies combined.

And even if it’s not, the trailer is still a decent effort! If only the rest of them tried as hard.

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8 thoughts on “Book Trailer Tuesday: Pastworld”

  1. so, clearly i’m living on another planet. i haven’t heard much (read: anything) about book trailers. i take too many vacations–that’s my only excuse.

    i’m off to search around to see what i can find. and to think, only last night i was trying to cast the roles of ‘the hunger games’ and ‘catching fire’ in my head before falling asleep!

    1. Some book trailers are definitely more interesting (and better made) than others, but unfortunately it’s the boring ones that people tend to think of when they think “book trailer.” And no one wants to watch a boring video when they can just read a review (or whatever)! I know I didn’t really care about them until I saw the one for Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, so I’m not altogether surprised that they haven’t been on your reading radar. 😀

      I’ve got a whole post about why book trailers are nifty, actually, so I’ll refrain from reposting it here, lol.

      (Lemme know if you find any good ones, btw. I need some recs!)

    1. It owes so much to last week’s trailer I’m wondering if they were maybe produced by the same people, but whatev. It’s still better than the majority of book trailers out there! Sigh.

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