Google+ Reading Teen: Guest Post: TOP 10 OPTIONED YA BOOKS WITH BOOK TRAILERS (plus 3 that deserve to be optioned!) by Joshua Duggan

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guest Post: TOP 10 OPTIONED YA BOOKS WITH BOOK TRAILERS (plus 3 that deserve to be optioned!) by Joshua Duggan

by Joshua Duggan of Red 14 Films
based on an article by Tiffany of  Big Books Tiny Voices

The Young Adult genre has seen an explosion in the amount of book trailers produced in recent years. Not sure if you noticed. After all, what is the ultimate goal of YA authors in the post-Harry Potter/Hunger Games world? For the series to be optioned by Hollywood Producers and made into a mega box office phenomenon!

I scoured Tiffany’s meticulously researched list and picked out the optioned books with the best book trailers. Out of the 60-plus books on that list, nearly two-thirds have existing book trailers. (The majority of those book trailers were released the same day as the book, just fyi.) Out of those 40-plus trailers, I’ve compiled the ten highest quality book trailers in terms of production value and their contribution to the advancement of this emerging art form.

While researching for this article I came across several book trailers for books on the Optioned List to which fans of the book gave… negative reactions. Just goes to show you (authors and publishers!), readers are not stupid, they know a low-quality product when they see one, and they will feel insulted. Those trailers are a little down, if you want to see why you should never insult your audience’s intelligence.

Lastly, no article about optioned books with great book trailers would be complete without listing a few fantastic book trailers for YA books that undeniably deserve to be optioned and made into films.  To understand more about the difficult, confusing, and nonsensical nature in which books are made into films, I highly suggest reading the introduction to Tiffany’s article on Big Books Tiny Voices!


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
YouTube views: 314k
Style: Movie Trailer 
Trailer Director: Ransom Riggs (note: the author was an accomplished filmmaker before becoming an author)

((Noteworthy: He made the trailer for Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and a mini-documentary about making his Peculiar Children trailers.))

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
YouTube views: 170k views
Style: Movie Trailer - Interactive Diegetic Commercial Movie Trailer

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 
Publisher: Harper Kids 
YouTube views: 127k views
Style: Animated Teaser  - narrated by Neil Gaiman

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Teen 
YouTube views: 155k views
Style: Movie Trailer Style -  Great utilization of the SnorriCam technique!

Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
YouTube views: 1.3k views
Style: Animated Trailer by Laika House (creators of Coraline and ParaNorman)
Trailer Director: Aaron Sorenson

Reached trilogy by Ally Condie 
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers 
YouTube views: 83k views
Style: Cinematic Teaser Trailer -  Sleek Visuals, very minimalistic, plays off the book covers beautifully. 

Origin by Jessica Khoury 
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers 
YouTube views: 21k views
Style: Cinematic Book Trailer - utilizes thematic imagery to great effect

Trylle Series by Amanda Hocking
Publisher: Self Published
YouTube views: 532k views
Type: Movie Trailer

Fuse (Pure sequel) by Julianna Baggott 
Publisher: Headline Books Publishing 
YouTube views: 3k views
Style: Cinematic Book Trailer 

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers UK 
YouTube views: 5.7k views
Style: Movie Trailer  
Notes: This trailer obviously has some budget behind it, but this trailer also has some obvious green screen. Do not make the mistake in thinking your viewers (aka potential readers) will forgive such glaring carelessness. Read this video's top YouTube comments if you don't believe me!



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 
Publisher: Candlewick Press 
YouTube views: 33k views
Style: Animated Cinematic Book Trailer
Notes: This is a great example of a trailer with beautiful animation and original music, and guess what? The viewers appreciate it! Check out the YouTube comments (also the top comment is inspiring in its own right)

Golden Apple Of Discord by Lauren Hodge 
Publisher: Self-Published 
YouTube views: 13.5k views
Style: Cinematic Book Trailer
Trailer Director: Bryan Brousseau

From Bad To Cursed by Katie Alender (Good Girls Don’t Die trilogy)-
Publisher: Hyperion -
YouTube views: 603k views 
Type: Cinematic Book Trailer
Notes: Top Notch Quality! Features Zendaya from the Disney Channel. Check out the behind the scenes, as well! I also highly recommend watching the trailer for the final book in the series, As Dead As It Gets, starring Bella Thorne from the Disney Channel.


(Be sure to check out the not-so-friendly comments on YouTube for full effect. They are usually the top voted comments... for a reason.)

This section highlights an ever increasing problem: Youtube commenters who HATE the video, but love the book. For an author, you do NOT want this! It might not hurt your book sales, but it's a waste of everyone's time to create a video no one likes.
The reason these video have to many views is because the fans who loved the book wanted MORE. They read the book and sought out more material to consume. It's a best thing an author can hope for. The only problem is when the reader is disappointed by the supplemental material they find.
The new audience craves more; they crave what they love in all the mediums they love. If a book trailer is to be created, why not make sure a true work of art is created, instead of something that will only disappoint the majority of your fans.
If you are a new author with no established fan base, then no one will watch the video anyway. Don't waste your time, authors and publishers!

Firelight by Sophie Jordan 
Publisher: HarperTeen 
YouTube views: 111k views
Style: Teaser Trailer Style

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage 
Publisher: Harper Kids 
YouTube views: 5k views  
Style: Movie Trailer, but terribly corny

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flemmel by Michael Scott 
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publisher’s UK 
YouTube views: 24.5k views
Style: Movie Trailer
This one starts out well, then nose-dives into cornyland and never recovers. 

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperTeen 
YouTube views: 115k views
Style: Movie Trailer
Another one that starts promising, then becomes so cringe-worthy due to some of the cheesiest green screen effects. The commenters took notice. It isn't pretty.

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  1. I didn't know the first two in the Matched trilogy were optioned, but they must be if Reached was on this list.

  2. Great post. I love the idea of some of these books being film or tv series, but also it makes me nervous because we all know how a great book can end up a terrible movie or series. Thanks for sharing all the trailers. :)

  3. This is such a great post! I loved watching all the book trailers and it's great to see that some good books have been optioned.

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