At this point, we’ve all watched a trailer on youtube and seen comments asking things like “is this for a book, or a movie?” Many of us have probably made the mistake ourselves. We don’t blame you. A lot of these new book trailers wouldn’t feel out of place sandwiched between the low budget horror preview, and the superhero Hollywood blockbuster.
As book trailer production quality continues to progress, and as more YA epics are being adapted trying to be the next Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Twilight, it’s getting harder and harder to differentiate between mediums. The rise of cross-media collaboration in the literary world, particularly using video, is an exciting new addition to the vastly changing landscape of publishing. Here’s a list of 10 book trailers we feel do an excellent job of further blurring that divide between the printed page and the silver screen.
1. THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey
The attention to detail paid to the making of the series of cinematic book trailer for Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave has lead to many fans in the comments wondering just when the movie was coming out, long before the recently released film adaptation had even been shot. One of the benefits of a truly cinematic book trailer is that it allows both readers and studios to visualize the potential of a film-adaptation well before any development contracts have been written up.
2. Half Bad by Sally Green
3. THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray
Everyone loves a period-piece, and with the rapidly increasing amount of quality archival footage available on the internet today, novels set in the past really reap the benefits. The cinematic book trailer for Libba Bray’s The Diviners starts with an establishing montage of found footage clips, transitions into a period specific, black & white silent era scene, before finally stripping away artifice and planting us, in full color, in the midst of the grizzly murder. The kind of steps taken by this cinematic book trailer are more advanced than your average high-budget movie trailer, and the quality of the piece makes for an excellent case as to why this trailer would work perfectly in the movie theater.
4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
With compelling visuals that span multiple seasons, a swelling, majestically cinematic score paired with an intriguing voiceover, the book trailer for Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea does a terrific job of setting the tone of the novel without giving away too much of the plot. How many movie trailers can say the same?