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!

Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stephen King

Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be the man that started it all. He’s considered the father of horror and the father of the detective story. Poe has influenced many writers today. For me most recently I’ve noticed that Stephen King has taken a few pages out of Poe’s handbook. I believe there was a scene in IT that I read that eerily reminded me of Poe. More specifically something reminded me of “The Pit and the Pendulum.” There have been many other scenes like that of Stephen King’s that reflected Poe’s own style of writing. Is it any wonder that Stephen King is considered the modern day father of horror? It’s just like Poe passed the torch because there was no one else like Poe in his time. He was amazingly disturbed and his writing was dark and horrifying and Poe’s writing reflected your deepest fears. Heck, his writing reflected his deepest fears. I believe Stephen King is on that same level. He has distinguished himself from today’s writers. He’s gained this well-deserved reputation as an amazing horror writer. Horror is what he’s known for and much like Poe his writing reflects your deepest fears. Take IT for example, which is a story about an evil entity that loves transforming into a clown. When King wrote that he knew a lot people were terrified of clowns. Him and Poe were just ahead of their times. They knew how to push boundaries and get a reaction out of their audience and they succeeded. I’m a fan of both!

What constitutes a classic novel?

I’ve taken many English courses in my life, and I have had to read some of the most classic pieces of literature known in society. This question crossed my mind today as I was sitting in the bookstore and just happened to glance at the section entitled “Literary Classics.” What exactly constitutes a work of literature as a classic? Stories like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Scarlett Letter, Walden, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, The Great Gatsby, and the list could go on and on. What makes these novels so beloved by so many people and places them in the category of literary classics. Is it because they’re so well-known. I did some digging because I was looking for these very answers and I came across this website:

http://www.articlesfactory.com/articles/education/qualities-of-classic-literature.html

(This website goes into depth about what constitutes a classic. First, a classic has to be timely but it also has to be timeless. A classic novel has to reflect the times that it was written in. There’s more characteristic gems like this in the article.)  I love classic literature. Some people may read classics to make themselves seem smarter or well-rounded. I don’t know. I just think classics give a sense of prestige and makes one feel well-educated and knowledgeable. Below I have posted a link of over 100 classic works of literature. It would be a fun challenge to see how many of these you can read! I might even challenge myself.

http://eagleforum.org/educate/1997/june97/list.html