After getting excited yesterday about “Dear John” and realising how much I love Nicholas Sparks Novel’s which have been turned into movies, I decided to look a bit closer into them. Not only is “Dear John” coming out next year, another based on one of his novels is “The Last Song” (2010) which I cannot believe I forgot about as Miley Cyrus is going to be starring in it. At the moment Nicholas Sparks has 14 Novels, 6 of these are now movies. With two of them due for release next year. The other four which have been released are “Message in a Bottle” (1999), “A Walk to Remember” (2002), “The Notebook” (2004) and “Nights in Rodanthe” (2008). The tagline’s for each of the movies help to show which type of story is the main key in the movie, and the pictures below show that too . . . Love . . . all about love.
Taglines The Notebook – Behind every great love, is a great story Message in a Bottle – A story of love lost and found A Walk to Remember – She didn’t belong. She was misunderstood. And she would change him forever. Nights in Rodanthe – It’s never too late for a second chance Dear John – Is Duty enough reason to live a lie ? The Last Song– Do you ever really forget your first heartbreak?
Lets start things off by looking into the two movies which are due for release next year. Starting with “The Last Song” (2010), it is a coming of age drama which focuses on a troubled teenager (Miley Cyrus) and her relationship with her estranged father (Greg Kinnear) and how they reconnect to each other through music. Nicholas Sparks wrote both the screenplay and novel at the same time, and actually finished the screenplay before the novel. It has already been stated that the main hope for Miley for this movie is to introduce her to an older audience and start to move away from her children’s image. I for one really hope that she can do this, if you have read my blog before you should know that I am a big fan of Miley.
The next movie due for release next year is “Dear John” (2010) which you may have seen the poster and trailer posted on my blog yesterday (if not go check them out). The main plot to this is that a solider (Channing Tatum) falls in love with a college student (Amanda Seyfried) while he is home on leave. Not much else has been released for information on this film, I was thinking I should maybe make the effort to read the book before it comes out. Anyone read the book already?
“Nights in Rodanthe” (2008) is a movie I went to the cinema to see with my mam. We both knew that it was going to be sad as Nicholas Sparks novels/films seem to go in the direction and have a pretty tragic ending. While watching (or reading) you are just not entirely sure in which direction this is going to go. We both just love Richard Gere so that was another draw to going to see this movie. This love story happens in a beach house, over a weekend. A fantastic weekend, but is that the only time they will get to spend together?
“The Notebook” (2004) is the only one of these movies which I read the book of before watching it. I thought it was such a good adaptation from page to screen. The story of Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) being told from a book by Duke (James Garner) which makes the story so much more difficult to watch when you realise that Duke is in fact Noah, and trying to make Allie remember their life together as she has Alzheimer’s. Hence not knowing who Duke is, and thinking parts of the “story” sound familiar. It was first love, real first love and it never died. They eventually got together and were to be together forever. This movie contains some of my favorite movie/love quotes. I actually have grown to love this movie more and more upon each viewing, as at first I just liked it but the more I watch it the more I love Noah and Allie and the love they have for one another. Also the ending breaks my heart more and more each time as well.
“A Walk to Remember” (2002) was the first Nicholas Sparks movie that I saw, not long after it came out. I really was not sure how upsetting and sad it was going to be, but I cried so much watching this movie. I have always liked Shane West I thought he could really make it big, he put in a fantastic performance in this movie as did Mandy Moore. I really did just love everything about this movie on first viewing, the songs, the acting, the story just everything.
“Message in a Bottle” (1999) is a suprising one as it took me so long to watch it, as you may know I am a massive Kevin Costner fan so never had any doubt that I would not like this movie. Paul Newman played his dad was just so funny and great in the role adding a different edge to the story. Theresa (Robin Wright Penn) discovers a tragic love letter on a beach and traces it back to Garret (Kevin Costner) who wrote it to his wife who died early. They end up spending a lot of time together, and she attempts to help him move on from his wife. Which proves very difficult, will they be together in the end?
The common storyline for all Nicholas Sparks novels/movies is a love story, but they all have rather sad and tragic endings. The great love stories often seem to be very short lived and while have potential to last forever and be the great love of each others lives, a tragic event occurs for either the man or the woman. But what makes these stories so great? For me it really has to be the method in which the love is shown, the main characters often have fantastic chemistry with each other and it seems just so believable. It has to be the type of love that everyone must want in their life time, to be that close to someone else and just really want to spend all of your time with that person. I am sure that is not just me!
Lets hope that next year’s releases are as good as the previous four movies I have enjoyed. Any Nicholas Sparks fans have opinions on this?