Best of 2011: Our Favorite YA Book Trailers of the Year

We here at Novel Novice love a good book trailer, and this year it seems as if the bar has really been raised. We are increasingly impressed with the quality and beauty of these book trailers.

So as we mark the end of 2011, here are our top 5 favorite book trailers of the year:

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Hands-down, the best book trailer I’ve ever seen. This production’s professional behind the scenes crew is obvious in every aspect. Every time I watch this video, I want to re-read  the book:

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

As gorgeous as the book itself, the trailer for A Monster Calls is beautiful and haunting and perfectly evokes the emotions you’ll feel while reading it:

3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

A quiet trailer that perfectly matches the mood of the book. Whaley and some friends put together this video on a shoestring budget, but you’d never know it based on the quality of this trailer. We especially love the blurb quoted at the 1:13 mark:

4. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

The custom song written for this trailer is catchy and haunting, and you’ll be glad there’s a free download available because it will be stuck in your head. But the animation is also charming — and though the video is a bit on the long side for a book trailer, it is lovely to look at:

5. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

It’s hard to choose our favorite book trailer from Vania of VLC Productions, but this one wins because not only is it a thrill to watch — but it also generated a huge fan fervor. The weekend Vania shot this trailer, it became a trending topic on Twitter. It also gave us the outtake from the DSAS:

For the comments: What’s your favorite book trailer of 2011? Any others you think should have made our list? Share the links below!


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  1. I absolutely loved the trailer for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Definitely my favorite as well. It was just so well done and drew you in. It made you wonder what was going on, what the story behind it was, and really, who the heck Mara Dyer is.

  2. Ooh, thanks for posting these. I hadn’t watched them before, but YES, Mara Dyer’s is haunting and gorgeous. I also like the artwork in Lisle and Po–it really speaks to the whimsy and innocence of the book.

    Thanks again!


  3. Tell me a Secret by Holly Cupula is a fantastic trailer, Fallen by Lauren Kate made me read the book, and anything that Maggie Stiefvater makes.

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