Let’s discuss Sparks’ romances!

Are you a fan of Nicholas Sparks – books or movies or both?

He’s not an author I follow very closely, mostly because his stories are real tearjerkers. It’s been almost 20 years since I listened to The Notebook (published in ’96), and I still have a very clear memory of where and what I was doing when old Allie remembers she’s the young Allie in Duke’s story. I was road tripping and I bawled like a baby – it was ridiculously awful!

Books are being adapted into movies all the time, but I think Sparks is the current reigning king of the mountain for number of books by one (living) author. He’s got 11 writing novel credits on IMDB! When a new movie comes out I wonder about his process. The turn around from book to movie is so seamless. It’s almost like he writes the movie and then the book.

These days, I watch a Sparks movie with a little trepidation because of the tearjerker affect. I ranked them from my personal faves (1-7) to the didn’t-bother (8-11).

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  1. The Notebook (2004)
  2. The Lucky One (2012)
  3. Message in a Bottle (1999)
  4. The Longest Ride (2015)
  5. The Best of Me (2014)
  6. Dear John (2010)
  7. Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
  8. A Walk to Remember (2002)
  9. The Choice (2016)
  10. The Last Song (2010)
  11. Safe Haven (2013)

What’s your favorite Sparks romantic drama?

Shannon is movie-obsessed and her infatuation with the silver screen can be traced back to a single event. After helping her move into her first apartment, her mom left her with this parting remark: “Don’t spend all your money at the movies!” From that point on, thanks to her library card, Shannon continues to feed her obsession! She is the library's Database Administrator.