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January 19, 2013

Weekend Reviews: Sparks creates the perfect spark

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Despite being engaged to another, wealthier man, Allie decides to visit Noah, where she discovers that Noah wrote her every day for a year, but her mother had intercepted the letters to force Allie to move on from the relationship. The rest, they say, is history.

I believe that “The Notebook” is probably one of the most beloved romances among teenagers, and probably many women, in general. The thought of a handsome, kind man who pines for  — and builds a house for —  his long-lost love is an over-the-top romantic idea that most girls don’t believe exists anymore, which explains the extreme appeal of the story.

Sparks’ most well-known works, “The Notebook,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Dear John,” “The Last Song” and “The Lucky One,” all feature a strong male protagonist, one who would never dare to stray from his lover, and would never want to, either. Males reading this might roll their eyes and are probably thinking about skipping the rest of this column, but I think that they might stand to learn a thing or two from these guys. 

I am not by any means saying that you should be a walking cliché who measures his worth by the number of long-stemmed roses he presents his woman every day, but I think that the reason Sparks is such a popular author is because females desire these types of relationships for themselves.

I don’t think they’re so ridiculous to desire such things either. Sure, the idea of an all-consuming love where people are dying and sobbing uncontrollably might be a little much. However, the other aspects, where women are treated with respect and courtesy, and people respect each other, is not too far-fetched. 

I will admit, I have a soft spot for Nicholas Sparks movies, particularly “A Walk to Remember”  and “The Lucky One,” both which feature male protagonists whose love for their significant others is overwhelming and completely moving to the audience.

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