Saturday Smackdown: THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black


Once a week, editor Nicole Brinkley breaks down book trailers and explains whether they’re championship material or worth tossing in the trash. This week, she looks at the book trailer for The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

I love creepy stories. I love fantasy. I love forests. Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest combines those three things – but is the trailer a little too childish for a YA novel?

The Darkest Part of the Forest follows Hazel and Ben, who live in a town where humans and faerie folk exist side-by-side. There lives a horned boy in a coffin, a tourist attraction that keeps the town running. They think he’ll never awaken until the day he does.

Black’s foray back into faeries – this was her first story about them since her debut series Tithe – is as dark and creepy as, well, the darkest part of the forest. I think the music, in particular, captures the utterly creepy essence of Black’s work. There is nothing creepier than singing children.

And the animation in this video is beautiful. The artwork is exceptionally well-done, and I like that it gives us a taste of the story and what to expect without specifically laying out scenes or telling us directly.

But the chosen style of animation and artwork gives me very middle grade vibes. There’s not a direct reason why this animation style makes me think it’s for a younger subset – maybe it’s because it reminds me a bit of the covers of Chris Colfer’s books, or maybe it’s reminiscent of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ But while the atmospheric nature of the book is matched perfectly, I feel the age group isn’t.

But maybe that’s my own biases working against me.

What do you think of The Darkest Part of the Forest trailer? Sound off in the comments below!

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Nicole Brinkley

Nicole is the editor of YA Interrobang. She has short hair and loves dragons. The rest changes without notice. Follow her on Twitter at @nebrinkley or Tumblr at nebrinkley. Like her work? Leave her a tip.

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