Friday, January 29

Opinions Needed!

I recently made a comment about hating Nicholas Sparks books and movies. This comment has caused several of my friends to give me a hard time. I'm pretty sure the word heartless has been thrown around. (How rude! I much prefer cynical or bitter.)

Here's my issue with Nicholas Sparks. He is too obvious with his sap. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE sap. Chick flicks and Chick Lit are very high up on my list of favorite ways to spend my time. But I prefer to be touched by a movie or book in an unexpected way. I want the sap to be a little more subtle. Nicholas Sparks books are all the same- the couple meet through some unexpected, difficult circumstance, they fall head over heels in love and then one of them dies. It is always the same. I know that not every story has a happy ending (Trust me, I am very aware of that fact.) so that is not my issue with his stories. I think it's just because he works too hard to make you cry.

I don't think I'm alone in my dislike of Mr. Sparks, so I decided to take a poll. Please help me prove to Lisa that I don't need to hand over my girl card just because I don't like his books/movies.


11 comments:

Stephanie said...

I totally agree, Amy. I've only been able to bring myself to read three of his books. My favorite of the three, The Guardian, had a small, unexpected twist where neither person died. Someone still died, just not the someone I expected. That was the last NS book I read and I vowed to never read them again.

Like you, I am a lover of the sap and never have a problem crying over a book. But when a book is written intentionally to make you cry (as his are), it makes me not want to read it. So you are NOT heartless. Well, maybe you are, but not because of NS books. ;)

Bonnie the Boss said...

I am sure yo already knew my answer to this question. WAY TOO SAPPY!

Georgia said...

I am not a fan of his writing... BUT the Notebook was GREAT, and someone doesn't ALWAYS die... but a lot of the time they do.

:D

Melissa said...

I would love to see the comments of the "other" category. I don't like dying. Lost three parents in three years. Have had Alzheimer's in my family (two people) and it is hideous to watch happen. If I want to cry that hard and be that sad, I need only to look at my own story. ;) Don't EVEN get me started on the choosing between two boys...Did that in real life too. The reason I like movies and fiction is because I want to ESCAPE the sadness and go to the happy place. You know, like where human girls fall deeply in love with beautiful vampire boys. :D

Amber, Dan, and Fam said...

I can't really comment on his books, since I actually haven't read any of them (I'm not really interested in realistic fiction). I have seen the few movies that have been based on his books. I loved The Notebook. The others (I can't even remember the names) I didn't care for as much. And I really don't have much desire to see Dear John, because it does seem like a repeat of his other material.

That said, I am a big sap, but I agree that the author does seem to rehash themes in all his stories. So they don't interest me as much.

Inspired Kathy said...

I think I'm in the camp of Lisa. I love Nicholas Sparks. I've read every book and seen every movie.

He does repeat things. And his books are very predictable. I was really mad at a book I read a year or two ago because he pulled the same stunt at the end as he had in a previous book making you think someone had died when they really hadn't.

I've been a fan for nearly 10 years and read each new book as it's come out.

But to each his own. I know his writing is not for everyone, but I love them!

Brooke said...

Ok, so here's my take on it...

I have read two of his books, one of which was the Notebook. I really liked The Notebook, however, the movie was better in that there was more "beef" to the story. It was almost as if the book was a thinned version of the actual story. I loved the movie and I loved the book. It was a very easy read.

The other book I read...well, I can't even remember the title because I didn't finish it. It was WAY too predictable with the characters and the storyline, etc. I kept trying to force myself to finish reading it, but I gave up and moved on to Twilight...and that is, as they say, how it all started! Hahaha

However, I will say this, I disliked that book so much, I haven't felt tempted to read another NS book. I love sap, but it has to be well-ish written sap!

~tracy~ said...

I would rather poke my own eyeballs out with a flaming rusty nail than have anything to do with nicholas sparks...

then again, i feel the same about twilight. :)

if i am going to read about death, i like it to be as descriptive and horrifying as possible.

just me?

JulieBelle said...

I (unfortunately) think I have read almost all of his books...and halfway through the book (everytime without fail) I stop and curse myself because I knew it would be stupid yet I picked up the book anyways!! They are way too sappy, silly, and terrifyingly predictable.

I only ever have seen The Notebook (GAG--but Ryan Gosling = Yummy!) and A Walk To Remember (gag some more, but less so than Notebook)
Every other movie doesn't even look good....

Please remind me not to read another one of his books, or see a movie of his ever again!!

Lynners said...

Well said! His stories make me roll my eyes. It's like Anita Stansfield WITHOUT Prosac! (Sorry, I know you don't despise her the way I do) Blgck!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

I haven't read the books either, like the commenter above, beacuse I just can't do it. I sorta liked one of his movies but generally no. With you on the obvious sap.
I'm ok to feel emotion. I just dont want him to punch his hand through my heart and try to wrench it out of me. Not a fan of that.