good lordMarch 18, 2010
This is a movie:
Not only that, but like, it’s both a movie AND a book. People can receive this story in two different ways; it’s that accessible. Point made by Jon: Greg Kinnear has fallen so far. Is this where Joel McHale will be in 10-15 years?
Addendum: Jessica and I Googled: “Does someone always die at the end of Nicholas Sparks books?” We found no real answers, but did discover a bounty of reviews for his books on GoodReads. Some samples:
Dear John (also a movie.):
“Anyhoo, the book. Typical Sparks fare – star-crossed lovers, torn apart by fate, life, what have you. I really enjoyed the interaction between John and his father a lot more than I did his relationship with Savannah, maybe because it seemed far more real. I never warmed up to Savannah, even though she was supposed to be the perfect, lovely Southern young lady. And, like SO many other reviews on here, I too thought the ending was horrid. As I was nearing the end of my audiobook, I knew exactly how it would end, but I still had another disc to go. It was seriously painful…I can get behind tragic/unrequited love stories, but this one just seemed so pointless.”
I don’t know if we really need to comment, but first: Nicholas Sparks audiobook. Two, the word “anyhoo.”
A Walk To Remember (also a movie, starring Jessica’s favorite actress):
“My all-time favorite movie turned out to be twice as good in literary form! I was thrilled to find scenes not included in the movie and descriptions that really brought you closer to the characters. Even though I already knew the storyline, I still could not stop the tears from coming. In fact, everytime I read the book, I fall in love with Landon all over again! Gosh, we’ve been having this affair for years now, it’s ridiculous.”
IS THIS REAL? MOM, DAD, UNCLE FRANK, IS THIS A JOKE?
And finally, a review of The Last Song to bring this entry full circle:
“This book has taught me to not waste time holding grudges. It taught me that the time to love people is now, and not later on when I find out something else is going on. This book was seriously inspirational, and as always Nicholas Sparks touched a soft spot with this one. He always seems to get the words right. I can only hope the movie lives up to my expectations now.”
Your expectations are obviously never very hard to meet, so the movie should do just fine. And I guess we have to read the book to learn the lessons you did, because we obviously hold a grudge against you for liking it.