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Preview Piggybacking

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Lark: Alright! Pre-ordered my copy of Final Fantasy Type-0!
Summer: First of all, don't pre-order. Second, since when did you want that game?
Lark: I don't. But it comes with a demo of Final Fantasy XV.
Summer: Are you serious? You're going to pay sixty dollars for a three-hour demo?
Lark: Well, I already paid thirty dollars for a one-hour demo when I purchased Ground Zeroes.
Summer: That's true.

Basically this is when a work sells itself on including a preview for a much more anticipated work. This is often done with second string titles that would fizzle out on their own. This has become less prevalent (or at least less successful) with the rise of easier video sharing and video game demos on the Internet, but still there are some fandoms dedicated enough to shell out cash for a ticket to Movie You Might Have Ignored Completely if it means they get a chance to see just an ad for Everything You Ever Liked: The Movie.

This is also done on TV shows. You get a trailer (more often called a "sneak peek") packed somewhere in the commercials (although usually at the end) for an anticipated blockbuster.

Sometimes this works. A person willing to sit through the actual feature may indeed find something they like about it and become a fan. Other times, they just get the preview they wanted and ignore/throw away the rest.

The inverse is standard procedure, where an anticipated work includes a preview for a less-hyped title, in the hope that attention will rub off on it.


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  • The Warrior Cats and Seeker Bears book often have preview pages for the next book, being written by the same author. In fact, one of the main selling points of the summer 2012 release Enter The Clans note  is that it contains a teaser for Survivor Dogs, the new (not really) Erin Hunter series, and the fifth Super Edition, Yellowfang's Secret.
  • The Tolkien Reader was originally conceived by publishers as a way of broadening interest in Tokien's non-fiction essays by mixing abridged versions of them with some of his shorter fiction.
  • In fact, this is extremely common with books; often the paperback release of a book will contain a preview of the sequel or another book by the same author as a way of building hype for the upcoming book (and possibly in the hopes of getting people who bought the hardcover to buy the paperback as well). This is parodied in The Princess Bride, which has a preview of a sequel that was never supposed to be written.

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  • Throughout 1996-1997, some Microsoft software was bundled with an interactive preview of the then-new MSN 2.0.