We’ve all read one of those books that begs to be brought to life on the big screen; the descriptions are so vivid you can see the characters and settings in your mind with each turn of the page, but the film adaptation of a beloved novel can simultaneously generate a lot of excitement, anticipation and wariness. Sometimes the films are a let down, while other times they give the story a new lease on life through the use of brilliant soundtracks and clever casting.

From the Harry Potter saga to Chuck Palahniuk‘s cult classic Fight Club, book-to-film adaptations have been delighting and disappointing fans for decades. Here, we’ve selected our top five book-to-film adaptations of recent years, and found a few more to get excited about over the coming months.