Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ranking the Nicholas Sparks Adaptations: ‘Safe Haven’ & More

Feb 14, 2013 - The Daily Beast

Romantic? Cheesy? Cheesier? From the classic (‘The Notebook’) to the new (‘Safe Haven’) to the downright depressing (‘Dear John’), Anna Klassen rates all eight movies based on the novelist’s books.
From left: Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough in “Safe Haven”; Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in “The Notebook.” (Nicholas Sparks Productions; Everett Collection)
This Valentine’s Day, the latest movie adaptation of a book by the melodramatic novelist Nicholas Sparks—don’t worry, he has nine left—hits the big screen. Safe Haven, starring Dancing With the Stars’ Julianne Hough and Fergie’s main squeeze, Josh Duhamel, is typical Sparks fare: an unlikely match, insurmountable odds, and eventual happily ever after. But where does the new film fit in among classics like The Notebook and less-loved adaptations like The Last Song? Here, we rank Sparks’s novels turned films, from romantic to downright cheesy.

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