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!

Romance movies

So I was watching clips from romance movies om YouTube and I was scrolling through the comments and one comment triggered a thought in my head that made me want to write a blog about romance movies. This person said, “I’m watching romantic scenes from movies because I have no life.” Why do people like looking up romantic scenes from their favorite movies? Today I watched the ending scenes of A Cinderella Story starring Hilary Duff, Bring it On starring Kirsten Dunst, and 10 Things I Hate About You starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. All great movies and all ending in a kiss where the girl gets the guy of her dreams after overcoming some type of obstacles because let’s face it, love is never easy, right? But some might argue that these romantic movies set an unrealistic standard of what love really is. I don’t completely disagree. I think these kind of movies can set you up for high expectatioms and it’s mostly women that view these types of movies. I’ve even seen some YouTube comments after watching the Hilary Duff clip that says they were disappointed when they got to high school because that’s the kind of high school experience they were expecting. Some people might say that this is damaging and can remove a person from reality, but I say what’s wrong with escaping from reality every now and then as long as you know real life doesn’t end like most movies. I like watching romance movies because they send butterflies through my stomach and make my heart flutter and I love that feeling.