5 of the best book trailers

This is BookMachine’s first ‘Best of’ post – as such, I wholeheartedly hope you find it to be outrageously wrong.

Has there ever been one of these lists you’ve looked at and thought: you know what, that’s spot on, they’ve really nailed that one there?

Nope? Good. That would be mighty boring.


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X58RPS665V0&fs=1&hl=en_GB]

First up, this one is rapidly becoming a cult classic, who knew that the great man was also handy with a stake?

Little Bee, by Chris Cleave

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc9zB6Tj8lQ&fs=1&hl=en_GB]

A lower budget effort, but no less effective.


Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVHluvvbsRE&fs=1&hl=en_GB]

The ‘motion-comic’ effect has been put to great use here. Graphic novel giants DC and Marvel are now eagerly producing feature-length movie versions of their books in a similar manner.


The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-QWv_0Mjq0&fs=1&hl=en_GB]

Pro-evolution pit bull Richard Dawkins is planted centre stage in this trailer – if the author is an engaging speaker then this method works well.


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZREStYp1yWU&fs=1&hl=en_GB]

A short, simple and atmospheric animation.

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