While I've never really understood the phenomenon of a "book trailer", publishers keep putting them out in an attempt to distinguish certain titles in a crowded marketplace. I understand it from a marketing perspective, but most of the book trailers I've seen haven't exactly made me want to rush out and buy the novel they were hawking. That's changed with the two new trailers we're bringing you today -- sort of a double-edged sword in its own way.

Past the jump you'll find clips for Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall's hilarious sounding 'Night of the Living Trekkies' and J.W. Rinzler's 'The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back'.

Both these clips are really great -- so great, in fact, that I want a movie and a documentary, and not two books on these topics.

'Night of the Living Trekkies' is about a group of 'Star Trek' fanatics who wind up trapped inside a convention center where there's been a zombie outbreak. It's a funny idea and I'm guessing the book is entertaining, but after viewing the trailer I can easily see this being a film. The production values in the clip are surprisingly excellent and the acting good too.

Hit the jump for more on 'The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' and the two trailers.
Rinzler's 'The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' is the follow up to his classic 'The Making of Star Wars'. Once again, the author given unparalleled access to the Lucas archives -- this time to chronicle the making of what may be the most beloved film in the entire franchise. I'm sure it will be a fascinating read, but again -- the trailer makes me want to see it. The clip features Rinzler talking about the project alongside the creative people who helped Lucas bring his vision to completion. The book promises to feature tons of great pics and be full of forgotten details about the film, but I would love to see it as a documentary. After recently seeing the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' doc 'Never Sleep Again', I could definitely see something like that for 'Empire'.

Sure, both trailers have made me keenly interested in the product they're selling -- essentially a first for a book trailer with me -- but they've also made me a little disappointed too. These teasers are so cool that it feels like a book version just isn't enough. Am I crazy or do you guys feel the same way? Let us know how you feel below.

[via Vulture & AICN]