The past ten years have seen the advent of the cinematic book trailer. What started as slideshows and iMovie silliness has become a cinematic form that continues to evolve in fresh and exciting ways. Hard to imagine what the 2030 listicle will look like! We’ve barely scraped the surface of this unique storytelling form that merges literature and cinema!

In order to come up with the 10 best book trailers, we asked our friends at Trailershelf to pick their ten favorites of the decade, which is effectively all-time since book trailers are a relatively new thing.

The books on this list include best sellers and books that have since been adapted to television and film. The selection includes trailers made by Film 14 and other book trailer companies and indie filmmakers.

Take a look at these trailers to see if you agree!

  1. Fates Forsaken

This trailer uses suspenseful music, elaborate costume design, and a mystical forest setting to capture the nature of Shae Ford’s book series in one shot!

  1. Wonder

It’s no “wonder” that this book by RJ Palacio was adapted into a movie just a few years after the book trailer release. This trailer vibrantly captures the heart-warming story of a young boy and his search for love and acceptance.

  1. The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

This book trailer presents a playful and minimalist montage of a teenage boy drifting through life, while rave reviews of the book appear on screen.

  1. Lily Alone

With dynamic acting, emotional music, and a glimpse into the tragic yet empowering story of a young woman; this book trailer could easily be a clip from a feature film. We are immediately drawn to the lead character, and want to know how her story ends.

  1. Fifty Shades of Chicken

Silly yet engaging, this trailer parodies the Fifty Shades of Grey series. We see a handsome man and hear a deep voice describing a chicken preparation. If you like poultry recipes with humor, this cook book is definitely for you.

  1. Thug Kitchen

Humorously relatable, this book is for people who want to eat better without the hassle. This book parodies medication commercials with inspiring music and actors breaking the fourth wall. Thug Kitchen is for people who want to eat better and have a good time doing it.

  1. The Sweet Adventures of Henry P Twist

This trailer celebrates the thrilling arrival of color and whimsy in an otherwise mundane and sad world as an old man in bed discovers a magical universe!

  1. Jewels of Allah

This deeply moving book trailer takes an unexpected turn. It depicts testimonials of exceptional Iranian women throughout history and gives you a glimpse into Iran’s history and the evolution of Iranian women’s rights.

  1. Trust

A gorgeous piano soundtrack and an intimate glimpse into an adolescent girl’s psychosis, the Trust book trailer captivates us. Halfway through, the trailer becomes action-packed and suspenseful. Trust is a story about rethinking everything when your life is on the line.

  1. Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

A haunting and whimsical story for readers of all ages, this book trailer production perfectly captures the essence of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The trailer instantly appeals to multiple generations as it depicts a grandfather mysteriously recounting the tale to his grandson. A strange and thrilling read!

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