Over the past 15 years, eight Nicholas Sparks novels have made their way to the big screen, including the most recent adaptation, Safe Haven. Although the plots and characters vary, there are definitely some common themes across the board: beach house settings, dramatic kisses in the rain, unlikely and complicated love stories. Sometimes those details come together to create a really thoughtful, moving film — and other times, it just feels corny. Take a look back at all the Nicholas Sparks movies to let us know which films hit the romantic mark and which were just plain cheesy.
These days, you pretty much know what you're getting into with any film adapted from a Nicholas Sparks book, and recent release Safe Haven is the latest in his line of romances. A first glance alone features famous Sparks conventions — a beautiful couple on the verge of romance at the beach — and it got me thinking about the other common themes that show up repeatedly in Sparks movies.
Nicholas Sparks novels-turned-movies are known for steamy kisses in the rain, romantic boat rides, and fated relationships. Still, even in the midst of all the classic clichés, the stories offer plenty of thoughtful, important messages about love. From Message in a Bottle to Safe Haven — out today — here are eight valuable love lessons to be learned from the works of Nicholas Sparks.
If you've ever seen a film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book (like The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Dear John), then you've probably seen some common elements amid all that romance. Star-crossed lovers? Check. Beaches? Check. Sappy love letters? Check. In this episode of The Buzz, Entertainment Reporters Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal break down the Nicholas Sparks movie clichés that we can't help but love. Check it out before Sparks's newest adaptation, Safe Haven, hits theaters.
Nicholas Sparks is author of several bestselling romance novels that have been turned into films, including The Notebook, The Last Song, and most recently, Safe Haven. We sat down with the writer at a press event in LA to chat about his latest film adaptation, which stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Nicholas also chatted about his past projects that have led to real relationships, the fun he had with the film's thriller elements, and what's in store for his next film, The Best of Me. Nicholas touched on his plans for Valentine's Day as well, which also happens to be Safe Haven's release date.
Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel joined the author of Safe Haven, Nicholas Sparks, last night for a special fan event. The trio, along with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, sat down with host Maria Menounos for an interview about the movie that was broadcast to theaters nationwide. The evening also included several sneak peeks at moments from the film.
Julianne, who wore a tea-length Temperley London dress for last night's appearance, has been keeping busy promoting her second big-screen project — and so has Josh. In fact, Josh visited PopSugar's offices with Nicholas earlier this week to meet our editors and pose for some fun photo-booth pictures. Safe Haven hits theaters on Valentine's Day and will mark the eighth movie adaptation of one of Nicholas's books.
Josh Duhamel dropped by the POPSUGAR offices in San Francisco this afternoon bearing sweet treats and a sexy smile. He had author Nicholas Sparks along for the fun as the duo promoted Safe Haven, which is the big-screen adaptation of Nicholas's book and also stars Julianne Hough. Josh and Julianne filmed the movie last Summer in Southport, NC, and we were able to visit the set and chat with the stars while they were on location. During our latest encounter with Josh today, he posted up in a photo booth to snap pictures with our staff, offered cupcakes to our editors, and even shared that he actually lived in San Francisco in the late '90s. Click through to see the fun and make sure to check out Safe Haven when it hits theaters on Valentine's Day.
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Julianne Hough is running from the law and into the strong arms of Josh Duhamel in the trailer for Nicholas Sparks's latest big-screen adaptation, Safe Haven. We meet Katie (Hough) as she's fleeing the police, headed to a destination where she can start anew. She lands in Southport, NC, and catches the eye of a handsome widower (Duhamel). Katie struggles against her feelings for him, but once she finally gives in, her troubled past comes knocking. Cobie Smulders also pops up as Katie's neighbor in the romance.
Are we really due for another sudsy Nicholas Sparks film? This seems to follow the formula to a T. I'm not particularly drawn to either character, but I will admit I teared up (I think it was the slow version of "Go Your Own Way" that got me). It's like someone sprinkles magic cry dust into these movies. Safe Haven opens Feb. 8, and you can watch the trailer and let us know what you think after the jump.
Nicholas Sparks, author of book-turned-blockbuster The Notebook, is back this month with his latest project The Lucky One. We recently talked to the writer about his latest foray into film and his star Zac Efron. Nicholas explained why Zac was right for the challenging role of a soldier with PTSD returning from war and reflected on Zac's winning chemistry with leading lady Taylor Schilling. Sparks also divulged the fact that he was initially unsure of casting then-unknowns Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as stars of The Notebook and told us which Hollywood actress he would love to see cast in the lead role in a big-screen version of his novel Safe Haven. Watch the video to find out who it is ahead of The Lucky One's April 20 release.