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Sparks Notes…

Nicholas Sparks…

In an interview with USA Today, Nicholas Sparks criticised Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and romance novelists in general for writing the same story again and again:

“(Romances) are all essentially the same story: You’ve got a woman, she’s down on her luck, she meets the handsome stranger who falls desperately in love with her, but he’s got these quirks, she must change him, and they have their conflicts, and then they end up happily ever after.”

He claims that he is not a romance novelist but a fictional author who writes love stories.

“You read a romance because you know what to expect. You read a love story because you don’t know what to expect.”

Really Nicholas Sparks? I’ve seen the Notebook…and I’ve seen A Walk To Remember – there just seems to be something that they have in common other than the author of the books from which the story was adapted…

Wise up Sparks…the films are good as stand-alone titles but if you were to make them into a collection could you compare yourself with Shakespeare and come off looking anywhere near as good?