Nicholas Sparks’ Books-Turned-Movies

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Four of Nicholas Sparks’ novels have been made into movies: Message in a Bottle starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn (1999), A Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore and Shane West (2002), The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (2004), and Nights in Rodanthe with Richard Gere and Diane Lane (2008).

Sparks’ next novel-turned-movie, Dear John, will be released next year with Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in the starring roles. He has also written his first screenplay, The Last Song, which stars Miley Cyrus and is currently in production. The dude’s been busy.

Full disclosure:  Nicholas Sparks and I went to the same college. He was a year behind me at the University of Notre Dame, although we have never met. More disclosure: I have never read one of his books and, until this week, I had never seen any of the film adaptations. But last night I finally caved and watched The Notebook on DVD. One would have to be pretty cynical to not get sucked into the love story between Gosling’s Noah Calhoun and McAdams’ Allie Hamilton, and I’m no cynic.

What’s your favorite movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel? Voice your choice in today’s featured poll. And now that I’ve crossed The Notebook off my list, please let me know which one I should watch next.

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