Book Trailer: Does it matter if it’s Black and White?

July 11, 2009 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , with 3 and 0
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by Jina Bacarr

Last month I posted the book trailer for my latest Spice release, Cleopatra’s Perfume, about a woman’s insatiable appetite for sex and adventure in 1939 Cairo (also Berlin and London) when the world was teetering on the brink of war.

I put together the one-minute book trailer in color and a second trailer in color and black and white (similar to when Dorothy visits Oz in the 1939 film and the screen goes technicolor). The interesting thing is that the black and white/color trailer has gotten more hits than the color trailer.

So when fellow OCC member, Bobbie Cimo suggested I try ALL black and white, I thought, that’s a cool idea. (Thankz, Bobbie!) So I put it together and uploaded it to several sites. What’s really amazing is that on one site I received a thousand hits in one day–and on others, just a handful. So you never know…

You be the judge: Here’s the black and white book trailer for Cleopatra’s Perfume!!



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Jina Bacarr is also the author of The Blonde Geisha , Naughty Paris, Tokyo Rendezvous, a Spice Brief, and Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs, featuring an Indiana Jones in high heels.


  • Anonymous
    on July 16, 2009

    I like it, too, Jina. Very effective in black and white, esp. for that time period.

  • Anonymous
    on July 13, 2009

    Thankz again, Bobbie! You're so right about the b&w giving it a "mystique." I was going for the deep shadows and bold lighting like you see in the film, "Casablanca."

    Here's looking at you, Bobbie!


  • Anonymous
    on July 12, 2009

    Glad I could be of help, Jina. I like it, it goes with the era. And to me the black and white gives it more mystique. Like it a lot.


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