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Teen Read Week Video Contest!

It happens all the time. You’re sitting in the movie theater with your friends, waiting for the show to start. The screen goes green with a preview message, then suddenly blasts alive with a trailer for an upcoming movie. It’s all over in less than a minute, but you know by that time that either a)you have to see it and are already mentally marking your calendar for the release date, or b) it looks like another lame romantic comedy/action-thriller/horror flick you’ve seen a hundred times before and you’re not wasting your money on that.

But what if you had the chance to tell the story? Oftentimes, a good trailer can make even a lame movie seem pretty appealing. People across the country, especially teens, are being given the chance to do just that, but for books through book trailer contests. And, because so many books are being turned into movies these days, it’s easy to find creative fodder for the aspiring teen film directors out there.

Take The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, for example. Even people who had never heard of the book saw the trailer and came flocking to the library to check out a copy before the film’s release. Hold lists were still long, well after its premiere. The Twilight saga has seen similar rebirth with its movie releases, although truth be told, the books’ popularity have remained consistently high regardless. Harry Potter, The Lovely Bones, My Sister’s Keeper, Cirque du Freak (The Vampire’s Assistant), and Flipped, are all teen books that have recently graced the big screen. Their audiences also head to the library in droves, both before and after, to see how the movies measure up to the books, or vice versa. Beastly, a 2007 teen fantasy by Alexandra Flinn due out in March 2011, is already exciting fans.
 
But lately, trailers are also being created for books that will never hit the big screen. Authors and publishers are making book trailers to entice readers, not viewers, but the results are the same: salivating fans lining up, this time at bookstores and libraries. Teen author and artist Maggie Stiefvater, who recently visited the Salem Church Library, created exquisite trailers for her own books, Shiver and Linger. Libraries across the country have capitalized on the interest, holding book to movie trailer contests, such as the one that the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) held this past January. Here at the CRRL, we held our own teen video contest this spring for Teen Tech Week with impressive results. But now, in celebration of Teen Read Week, we’re holding a book trailer contest!
 
Teen Read Week, October 17-23, 2010, sponsored by YALSA, encourages teens to read for the fun of it. We’re asking teens to create a 1-3 minute “book trailer” about any teen book and submit it via our online submission form. Teens in grades 7-12 are encouraged to enter, starting October 1, through October 31. Then, the general public is invited to vote for their favorite video November 1-7, on the library website. In case of a tie, library staff members will determine the winner(s). Winners will be notified the week of November 8 and have their entries featured on the library website.
 
Visit http://teens.librarypoint.org/teen_video_contest for full rules and details.
 
Come celebrate Teen Read Week and show the world that teen books are far beyond boring!