Let’s face it, with everyone watching video in copious amounts, it should be no surprise that the cinematic book trailer is more popular and effective for commercial fiction as well as indie authors than ever. Quality film production creates attention-grabbing, often emotional experiences for viewers. Some of the most-viewed book trailers of all time have reached millions of people! Let’s take a look at some of these fantastic book trailers and why they’re so amazing.
As Dead as it Gets — Katie Alender
With nearly six million views to date, the book trailer starring Bella Thorne is the first video in the insanely popular YA series.
LILY ALONE — Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson’s children’s novel about three siblings from a dysfunctional family comes to life brilliantly in this book trailer. It not only has over a million views, but it is so professionally made that most people thought it was a movie trailer. Jacqueline Wilson’s other book trailers are also highly recommended: THE WORST THING ABOUT MY SISTER, MY SISTER JODIE, QUEENIE
FROM BAD TO CURSED — Katie Alender
Occasionally, Hollywood celebrities partake in book trailer production, such as this one here. When they do, you can be assured that all their fans will be watching your trailer. This paranormal YA trailer featuring Euphoria star Zendaya is the perfect example.
THE ONE — Kiera Cass
Kiera Cass is one of the OG book trailer makers. The trailers for her SELECTION series make you wish your high school prom was half as glamorous.
RULES OF ATTRACTION — Simone Elkeles
An oldie, but a goodie, with over two million views! It’s hard to believe that this trailer for Simone Elkeles’ 2010 YA novel was made before cinematic book trailers really took off!
Letters from an Astrophysicist — Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Features a lengthy interview with the famed scientist/author, proving longer book trailers and author videos also perform very well.
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes — Eric Litwin and James Dean (illustrator)
This popular kid’s book series from Harper Collins has a series of animated book trailers, some to the tune of over four million views!
THE GIRL IN ROOM 105 — Chetan Bhagat
Shot like an actual Bollywood Rom Com, this cinematic book trailer is very much like a movie trailer. Bhagat’s writing has had a profound impact on young Indian audiences.
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN — Ransom Riggs
One of the staples in YA book trailer production, Riggs is known for creating the best book trailers. Check out the trailer for book one in the Peregrine series, as well as the book trailer Film 14 made for Tales of the Peculiar!
THE SELECTION — Kiera Cass
Another trailer in the same YA book series that continues to rack in the views, proving that a series of book trailers can drive major traffic to authors.