Nicholas Sparks: Not cheesy?

I was just sitting here reflecting on my favorite authors. Three authors came to mind. Right now I’m a really big fan of Stephen King and the other two names that came to mind were Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and two other beloved novels, and I also immediately thought of Nicholas Sparks who is a well-known romance writer whose 11 out of his 17 books have been made into movies and when I come to think about it none of his books-turned-movies have had bad adaptations. All of the movies that are based off of his books have been pretty good in my opinion. I think my favorite Sparks adaptations are A Walk to Remember, The Best of Me, and Safe Haven. But anyway, I digress. We’re here to answer the question which is “Is Nicholas Sparks the typical cheesy romance writer?” In my opinion I think not. I really think he brings depth to his characters and also to his plots, but I think I can see why some people might say he’s cheesy because most of the time the girl does end up with guy…but not without a lot of obstacles. Sparks is definitely not like the cheesy Harlequin novels that I frequently see for cheap on my Kindle that look like trash with a half naked guy on the front of the cover lol (I can’t stand those books. They just look like garbage). Anyway, Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors and I just bought his novel The Longest Ride at my local Books-A-Million, and I am excited to get into that story as I finish what I already have in my to-read list. So long and subscribe to my blog if you like what you see!

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My Stephen King journey

There has been an amazing resurgence of Stephen King this year. He has had two tv shows and two movies coming out this year (Mr. Mercedes, The Mist, The Dark Tower, and the upcoming IT). I am extremely looking forward to IT coming out this Friday!!!! *excited squeals* Anywho, I digress. Because of society’s renewed fascination with Stephen King it has also lit a fire within me as well as a reader.  I started reading IT to prepare for the movie and then I also watched the 1990 miniseries, which was horrible in my opinion. It was cheesy and just plain bad. I didn’t even finish it. Anyway, I did all of that to prepare for the movie and now I want to continue reading more Stephen King. I just finished Salem’s Lot, and it is a fascinating and truly scary book. There were times in that book where I literally threw the book down and had to cover my eyes. For a writer to be able to produce those type of emotions out of a reader is great feat and King succeeds tremendously. Another thing that King is excellent at is great character development. Stephen King honestly gives his all as a writer, leaving no stone unturned. He makes the reader feel about these characters. I did finish reading Salem’s Lot a few days ago, and then I watched the 1979 movie yesterday. There were some things about the miniseries that I had a problem with like the fact that some of the characters names were changed and some plot points were changed, but overall it was a decent adaptation. The next Stephen King novel I plan on reading is Misery and then I plan on reading The Shining. This resurgence of Stephen King is really exciting for me because I feel like a new generation is being introduced to him, mainly because all of these tv shows and movies are coming out and so you know what that usually does to people. It makes people curious. It made me curious. Although, I’m not new to Stephen King. I’ve read Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary but this year has reintroduced me to him.

Book collecting

I just recently realized that my hobby is collecting books. I’ve always loved books and today I was in Books-A-Million and I saw so many books that I wanted. I saw this an illustrated editiom of Homer’s The Odyssey and it looked magnificient. One day my dream is to have home library. I have so many books already. I mean there is nothing like resding a good book. Now I’m on a Stephen King kick. I just finished reading IT a couple of weeks ago and now I’m reading Salem’s Lot. Reading can just take you so many places.

Anne of Green Gables

So about a month ago I watched the Netflix series “Anne with an E,” which is based off of the beloved series by L.M. Montgomery. For those who don’t know the series revolves around an orphan girl named Anne who is taken in by a brother and sister who live on a farm. Anne has such an infectious personality that it’s hard not to fall in love with her. I had never read the series before until now. I’m in the middle of reading while also reading other things. The Netflix series is what got me interested in the first place. Let’s first discuss the Netflix series. From the very first moment I absolutely fell in love with it. I felt like I could relate to Anne because she’s very much a dreamer and she sees the beauty in everything. I thought that was a very endearing quality about her. She romanticized people and objects. It’s like she constantly has stars in her eyes. Of course, there have been reviews on the series and surprisingly to me, there have been a lot of negative reviews. There have been positive reviews also, but the negative reviews really surprised me. The negative reviews have said how the Netflix series veers too much away from the source material and that the Netflix series is much darker than the book. I’m assuming that the reviewers are referring to some of the flashbacks that Anne has when she thinks back to the abuse that she endured while she was living with other people before she lived with the Cuthberts. Personally, I don’t see them as dark. Like one positive reviewer pointed out, it’s real life. The Anne in this series still keeps her familiar charm  and precociousness, and she is still the lovable Anne that people have come to know and love because of L.M. Montgomery.

Bookstores

Wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful to be able to work in a bookstore? Right now I am sitting in Books-A-Million getting ready to fill out my third (I think) application with them. Today I needed a place where I could escape for a couple of hours and get out of my house. At first I was going to go to the library, but then I remembered that we do have a Books-A-Million in town that I never go to and I’m glad I did come here but also regretting it at the same time seeing as I don’t have any money but that’s another story. After being here for awhile I asked the lady are they hiring and she said that they are always taking applications. I know I’ve filled out an application at least three time here, but this would seriously be my dream job and I have so many ideas that I would want to implement already. I don’t this BAM does any kind of events to get more people coming to their store. I think they should be doing open mic nights, poetry readings, hosting local book authors or something to get more traffic coming to their store. I’ve applied multiple times before so it kind of makes me discouraged to try again but I’m going to anyway. Being surrounded by books is my happy place, quite literally and I know I would be the right employee. I love the thought of talking with customers about one of my favorite things or recommending certain books. It sounds like utter bliss! Well, I’m going to fill out this application while I sit in the store that holds my job seeking fate in their hands. Send me good vibes!

Historical fiction

So I’m rewatching The Tudors for about the 5th time and this show will never get old to me. The show is awesome on so many levels! With that being said, I realized just recently that I’ve always had a fascination for historical fiction. Historical fiction books to me always seem well written and well researched. It’s amazing how the authors can take a historical figure and write a story that allows the readers to see another side. It also allows us to see these historical figures take on more human personas. Take Alison Weir for example who is working on a series of historical fiction books based on Henry VIII’s six wives. I am extremely excited about that! Because of The Tudors I have become fascinated with Henry VIII and everything to do with him.

Books bring imagination

One of the most incredible things to me is the way books can paint a pretty vivid picture in your head. I’m still in the middle of reading Stephen King’s IT and I am absolutely in love. King does an amazing job of building a scene for you. It’s no wonder that a lot of people described the book being a lot scarier than the movie. We have to realize that  what makes a book better than the movie no matter whether it’s a horror story or something else  is the fact that as readers we have to use our imagination. While watching a movie you’re not able to use your imagination. The scenes are force fed to us but reading the book creates a whole new experience for the reader. I have really been enjoying reading IT. It has definitely been an interesting experience. I still have a lot left to read. This book is massive, but I am looking forward to this journey leading up to the new adaptation coming out in September!