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Nicholas Sparks' Books and Movies Compared

Updated on February 15, 2013

One of my favorite writers is Nicholas Charles Sparks an American novelist and screenwriter who has published 17 novels. And in each one he writes about love, faith, fate, and death. Seven of his books have been adapted into movies. And I have seen every one of movies; however, I haven't read all of his books. The latest The Lucky One, was released into a movie on April 20, 2012.

I have discovered that Sparks writes about one book per year. His first two books were never published when he first started writing and his first published book, The Notebook almost wasn't published, but it made the best seller's list the first week of publication.

I love reading his books and watching his movies because of romance. I have not read all his books, but I have seen all his movies. Therefore, I will limit this article to information about the movies.

As we watch the movies, there is always something in it that takes us back to our own romance, whether we have loved and lost or loved and are still living happily ever after.

I love Nicholas Sparks' movies because I can identify with the characters who fall in love. I can feel what the character feels as their love develops into a deeper relationship.

In Every of Nicholas Sparks' Movies . . .

  1. A man and a woman fall in love.
  2. There is a beach scene, an ocean or a body of water.
  3. The leading man has a seaside hobby.
  4. A family crisis has to be addressed
  5. Writing is involved.
  6. A separation by distance.
  7. Nature, music or art shows up in some form.
  8. Sadly, there is death.
  9. Love develops, but at first one or both of the leading characters reject the possibility.

Sparks insists he is not a romance novelist. He claims he is a fiction writer who writes love stories. I really don't care what Sparks calls it, it is just that I know I enjoy watching his movies because for the duration of the movie, I too can embrace love and feel the passion of the characters.

One reason I love the Nicholas Sparks' books and movies is that the characters have no age limit when it comes to falling in love. There are teenagers in love as well as middle age and older adults who experience love in some form in all of his writings.

The only thing I don't like about the Nicholas Sparks' books is that I didn't write them. When you think you have figured out what is going to happen next, there is a bombshell letting you know that you hadn't figured it out at all.

Message in a Bottle, starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn is about a woman who finds a love letter in a bottle and becomes determined to track down the author.

The Notebook. In a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man named Duke (James Garner) begins to read a love story from his notebook to a female fellow patient (Gena Rowlands). The female patient is very much interested in the love story that is read to her, but it is not until the end of the movies do we find out what was written in the notebook really meant.

Nights in Rodanthe, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane is about a woman who is escaping problems in her life by attending to a friend's inn for the weekend. Only one guest arrives, and he too is going through his own crisis.

A Walk to Remember, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore, is the story of a popular guy who is forced to tutor a plain girl from a poor school. Love develops and tragedy occurs.


Dear John is a love story about an army sergeant who falls in love shortly before 9-11. He enlists again, and the separation causes the girl to fall in love with someone else. By the time the army sergeant returns, the girl had married someone else. However, their lives are still intertwined through tragic.


The Last Song is a story about a seventeen year-old girl who goes to live with her father for the summer. She meets a boy and falls in love with him. In this movie not only do we see first love of a boy and girl, but we also see the love and forgiveness between parents and children.



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    • writinginalaska profile image

      writinginalaska 6 years ago from southeast Alaska

      17 novels?? how did i miss so many? wow, i have some catching up to do, he is a very good author, The Notebook being my favorite. thank you for a great hub. :)

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      MissDoolittle 6 years ago from Sussex, UK

      I loved the Notebook and Dear John. :)