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Neil Gaiman

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Book trailers in a way, defy a book’s very essence. A book, in it’s nature is one of the few things in the world that forces you to use your imagination and many argue that book trailers inherently remove an element of this fundamental quality.

But while there may be some truth to this we also have to acknowledge the time we live in and the way people consume information – and indeed the way it’s disseminated. The primary goal of a book trailer is to create noise and attract readers to a book and its author. If it’s successful in doing so then isn’t it, by nature helping to keep reading alive and kicking? And if authors have imaginations and skills which transcend across different mediums why shouldn’t they use them? Personally I don’t see the harm if the trailers generate interest, discussion and curiosity about books.

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Last night I spent the evening with Amanda Palmer and guests (including Neil Gaiman) at a talk they did about her new book, The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. The talk, like the book was all about how artists give their art and how, in return, shouldn’t turn away from or feel guilty if they take what they are given for it.