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Sparks of romance fly on big screen, equal big money
Ashley Leever
Antelope Staff
Google Images:"The Last Song"

It’s the movie every boyfriend dreads being dragged to and gaggles of girls and women head to in mobs. It’s filled with romance, passion, forbidden love, and before it came on screen it was a bestselling novel. Nope, it’s not “Twilight” but another film adapted from the words of Nicholas Sparks.

It’s payday for both the writer and the audience when good books such as “Lord of the Rings,” the popular Harry Potter series and “Pride and Prejudice“ jump from the page to the big screen . Sparks has done just that not once— but six times.

The first Sparks’s film adaptation, “Message in a Bottle,” hit the big screen in 1999. Sparks captured the hearts of 40-year-old women everywhere. But it was in 2004 with the hit film “The Notebook,” that Sparks became an international sensation.

Following "The Notebook’s" success, Sparks’s film adaptations have taken over the romance movie genre. “Ever since I saw ‘The Notebook,’ I became a huge fan of his movies. I’m a sucker for romance. I have seen all his movies since then and I’m hooked,” said Leicy Franklin, a sophomore radiography and communication disorders major from Bridgeport.

The year 2010 will be Sparks’ busiest year yet with two of his signature films, “Dear John” and “The Last Song,” hitting theaters within a month of each other. "Dear John" is still playing in some theaters and "The Last Song" is set to release on March 31.

With up-and-coming actors and actresses such as Miley Cyrus and Channing Tatum, Sparks’ films have become favorites for women— and even men— of all ages.

But what makes Nicholas Sparks’s movies so epic for women around the world?

“They are so romantic and they always have good actors in them,” said Jacie Smith, a senior social work major from Central City. Combining love, unfortunate— and often tragic— circumstances, Sparks has found the perfect recipe for romance novels and movies.

Although all his stories may not radiate the eternal love of “Twilight,” it’s the reality of the situations that resonates with readers and viewers around the world.

“Each movie seems like it could happen in real life. They aren’t really far-fetched, and that’s what makes them good,” Franklin said.

It’s the real life fairy tales that keep women crying gallons of tears and men hoping she is the one who will explain Sparks’s successful work.

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