Whether you’re a book trailer maker, an author, or a book lover, you’ve seen the good ones, the bad ones and everything in between. Book trailers have come a long way in the last ten years. What started as slideshows and iMovie silliness has become a cinematic form and it continues to evolve in fresh and exciting ways. Hard to imagine what the 2030 listicle will look like! Thus, we’ve barely scraped the creative surface of this new storytelling form that merges literature and cinema!
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 still a new thing.
The list includes bestsellers and books that have since been adapted to television and film. The selection includes Film 14 book trailers, 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!
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.
3. 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.
4. Lily Alone
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.
5. Fifty Shades of Chicken
Silly and 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 for you.
6. 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 fun doing it.
7. 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!
8. Jewels of Allah
This deeply moving book trailer depicts testimonials of exceptional Iranian women throughout history. Furthermore it gives you a glimpse into Iran’s history and the evolution of Iranian women’s rights.
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.
10. 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 depicts a grandfather mysteriously recounting the tale to his grandson. A strange and thrilling read! Also, fun fact for ya, the book trailer maker is the author himself, Ransom Riggs.
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How do you make a book trailer?
Decide first whether you want a template book trailer or to produce a book trailer on your own or with the help of a book trailer company. Choose between animated book trailers and cinematic book trailers. Second, create a script and choose whether you want to see the characters fully or only partially. Communicate with your book trailer maker at every stage. No one knows your audience better than you.
How long should a book trailer be?
Book trailers average between 15 to 90 seconds.