I think most of you know by now that I love book trailers and so do my students. I run this feature every week because I want to draw more attention to them and provide a visual representation of the different books. When this trailer for Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released, I saw quite a bit of positive buzz for it on Twitter. I wasn’t sure about a trailer for this week, so I looked up this one and decided to feature it because I have a strong opinion about it. I’d like you to watch the trailer first before reading my opinion, so I have it located after the summary and trailer.
Summary (From Goodreads):
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.
So first of all, I haven’t read Obsidian, so I have no way of knowing if there’s anything subtle in the trailer that connects with the story. I also can’t say anything about the book to make up for what I’m about to say about the trailer. In all honesty, I hate this book trailer. I have no idea who thought it would be a good idea to show racy make out scene after racy make out scene. Do they want potential readers to think that’s all that happens in the book? There’s nothing but making out, and from the looks of it, sex? Believe me, I have no qualms about romance and sex in YA, but this trailer has it all wrong. I’ve watched this trailer a couple times before writing this, and the word trashy keeps coming to mind. Plus, how is that actor supposed to be “the boy next door”? Tattoos on his hips like that? Try again. Maybe I don’t have a broad enough idea of what makes up the stereotypical “boy next door,” but that’s not what I envision when I think of one. I don’t know if I’d even show this trailer in class. Actually, I probably won’t show this trailer in class unless I’m giving examples of what NOT to do when creating one.
Like I said, I have strong opinions about this book trailer, and I welcome your opinions as well. If you disagree with my opinions, I’d love to hear them! I’d especially like to hear from those of you who have read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout because I want to know what else there is to this book. Based on the trailer, and even the summary, I don’t know if it’s worth my time.