Nicholas Sparks

@pinklilly (3446)
Australia
May 2, 2012 9:16pm CST
I recently watched Dear John and fell in Love with it and a friend's daughter opened my eyes to the fact that it was based on a book by Nicholas Sparks and I became intrigued. I begun to research more about him and learnt that they had made quiet a few of his books into movies. I have also seen "The Last song" and "The Notebook" and have thought that they were lovely movies too... I am very interested in reading his books now and this morning, I went into a local secondhand book store and found the notebook. I was wondering whether others could shed some light on which books they have read and what you recomend? Also and your thoughts on Book vs Movie I have read a bit on a site somewhere that "Dear John" book is much better than the movie but things are slightly different in the book than compared to the movie I would like to start a collection of his Books and movies and compare for myself eventually. In the mean time I look forward to reading your thoughts and recomendations Thank You
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
5 May 12
His books are awesome. I have only read Nights in Rodanthe and it was a fantastic book.. I couldn't put it down...read it in like 4-5 hours! The movie..it STUNK! It was stupid! But that book was great. He just turned his book The Lucky One into a movie. The Notebook was a good movie.. I didn't read the book. HE is a great writer and the stories are always so loving and wonderful...but so sad too. That is the part I can't stand, the sad parts!
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
6 May 12
Cool wow 4-5 hours good on you. I'm intrigued to find out more about that book. I have not seen the movie.. I hate the sad parts. I'm a Big sook lately and cry all the time over the sad moments.. That can be draining. I love a happy ending!
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
6 May 12
Definately read Nights the book first. Don't even bother with the movie. It is nearly totally different! In the book the mother is divorced and her daughter lost her husband and moved in with her with her 2 boys and is having a hard time dealing with her loss so the mother tells her about her "nights in rodanthe" (it was only 3 days) to help the daughter see things a little differently and get through the hard loss of her husband. In the movie..the mother divorced, has 2 kids, younger boy, teen age daughter and she is the one going through her divorce and she is neglecting the kids and the teen daughter sses mom is having a problem with living day to day so the mother ends up telling the daughter about it. The movie had no emotion, no feeling and basically no point to it. But the book...you felt like you were there.
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
28 May 12
Thanks coffeebreak, I'll source that book out! It's sounds really interesting.... I do hate it when movies are really different to the books. It is very hard to show emotions & thoughts through a movie... Books are always more detailed.
@lady1993 (13032)
• Philippines
8 May 12
Yes, I love Nicholas Sparks too- he writes really great love stories and I never expected him to be quite young. I loved the Notebook, A walk To remember and Dear John.. He wrote lot more though- look at this list:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Sparks_(author)#Published_works Why don't you check out the Lucky One-his latest movie.
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
28 May 12
The link didn't work for me... The lucky one seems like a good one to read. I might give that ago before I watch the movie..
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
3 May 12
I love Nicholas Sparks! He is an amazing author. I have read many of his books. They are endearing, sad, full of emotions.He has had many of his books become movies. I have also read "The Guardian", "A Bend in the Road", and many more. It doesn't matter what book you read from him they are all wonderful. Another author I love to read is Jodi Picoult. She also writes on family dynamics, but hers have more drama. Her writing is also very deep and emotional. I am not sure what kinds of books you enjoy, but I love to read and personally books are better than movies. I only watch the movie after I have read the book.
@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
6 May 12
I have heard of Jodi Picoult, but I have not read any of her books. I'm not a super good reader and the book really needs to grab me to keep me interested otherwise I struggle to read it and lose interest.
@krupar5 (287)
• United States
8 May 12
She is a great author also, but her books are longer. I find her intriguing. She also has books that have become movies. If you are unsure if you would enjoy her books you may want to check out a movie or two of hers. "My Sister's Keeper", and "The Tenth Circle", were made movies. I know that the movie is not as good as the book, but they do give you an idea of her work. The movies are good though. I hope this help.
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
28 May 12
Oh ok. Yes I have seen my sister's keeper. I didn't realise it was derived from one of her books.. I have not heard of the tenth circle though.. Thank you krupar5
@chymez_me (186)
• Philippines
12 May 12
I've watched The Notebook and The Last Song..They're both good movies, really.. Heart-warming and can really move you to tears.. I guess that's the magic of Nicholas Sparks..He can really touch hearts through his novels..Though i haven't really read his book and i'm afraid to read his books because i know some of his books are really tragic and i hate sad endings...That's why when it comes to his works, i just choose to watch it in movies.. :)
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
28 May 12
Everybody loves a Happy Ending! Yeah he really knows how to tug on those heart strings... Yeah I'm a little afraid too, to read some of his books incase of a sad ending. I don't want to feel emotionally draimed when I finish... I think in films they try to leave you with a happy fulfillment or a sense of a happy Ending...
@fheroan (619)
• Philippines
3 May 12
Hi there pinklily.. Well, ya, I watched that movie, got intrigued, and it was good... So it was based from a novel? lol, I didn't know that.. but I heard Nicholas Sparks a great author.. lol.. About the comparison between books and movies... If you're that kind of person who wants to get deep into the story, you should read books because they're certainly more detailed than the movie, but if you're that person who likes animations and you like stories by viewing them, then you can watch movies, the only problem with them is that, they're not that complete unlike the books... And about the recommendations, well I don't really know... but I like that novel where "Game of thrones" were based from.. well, the TV show and the book was great.. I like stories which are romantic and lil morbid as well.. Have a nice day!
@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
6 May 12
Thank you fheroan for your response. Much appreciated. Books do tend to be more detailed. I just don't like it when they are rather a fair bit different to the film. That bugs me..
@KrauseHome (32858)
• United States
6 Nov 12
I have always heard this about Dear John, and the The Notebook, and have always wondered how much different the books were than the movies, as these are both really good movies. I know I would probably enjoy reading books of his as when they are made into movies are Good romantic type movies that are great to watch.