Nicholas Sparks Movies: A rundown of the good, the bad and the downright cheesy


I hope you guys enjoyed my double posting yesterday – HINT: I accidentally scheduled both posts for Tuesday instead of Tuesday and Wednesday, and I realized this at work. Sometimes I really do wonder if I’m as smart as my mom thinks I am…

To continue our nice cheese venture we will today take a look at the Nicholas Sparks movie adaptations I’ve seen.  Of the nine movie adaptions Sparks produced I’ve seen seven, which you can see listed below. The other two are Message in a Bottle and Nights in Rodanthe is definitely something I’ll find the time to watch and then come tell you all about it.

When you willingly choose to watch a Nicholas Sparks movie, you can know for a fact that it will be unbelievable, inconceivable and utterly romantic. Nicholas Sparks is Disney for grownups – the male lead is sensitive and wants you to love him eternally and the woman is damn lucky to find him wandering on her little stretch of Southern American road. There will be villains but mostly there will be love and adventure and lots of smooch time.

Still, I can watch most of these movies and have fun while doing it. It sets you on an emotional high and even though it creates a false idea in your head permanently that men are like that, you still feel pretty happy afterwards (the depression sets in when Spark’s kills someone, and he loves killing, that man)

Nic Sparks movies watched, ranked from best to worst:

The Notebook (2004)

A Walk To Remember (2002)

The Lucky One (2012)

Dear John (2010)

Safe Haven (2013)

The Last Song (2010)

Best of Me (2014)

Female Leads

First Place: Rachel McAdams as Allie Hamilton

Allie Hamilton

Rachel McAdams has always been the epitome of class to me. Even from her days as skanky Regina George, McAdams made sure you notice her and it wasn’t surprising to anyone that she became the most successful of the Mean Girls clan. McAdams plays a darling Southern girl perfectly and even though she is hampered by the time she grows up in Allie Hamilton still gets her say in things and she is determined.

Second Place: Mandy Moore as Jamie Sullivan

Jamie Sullivan

A Walk to Remember went down when Mandy Moore was still relevant, and I’m surprised this didn’t take her even further into fame. She manages to be the sweet, innocent and sincere Jamie without being too sugary and that is a mean feat to achieve. She also worked really well with Shane West, and they complement each other well enough so that you end up sobbing for them. I really do enjoy A Walk to Remember – it is a book and a movie where Nicholas Sparks was still original and had fresh ideas, and you couldn’t predict what would happen.


Third Place: Amanda Seyfried as Savannah Curtis


Amanda Seyfried probably ranks as one of my favorite young female actresses. I love her unique looks and her acting ability. She always seems so sweet and pure and that made her perfect as Savannah. I don’t think she has a lot of chemistry with Channing Tatum but they made a good pair onscreen and I also really liked Savannah’s character – she put others above her own needs and cared for the people in her life.

Honorable mention: Miley Cyrus as Ronnie Miller

I used to adore Miley Cyrus. Really, I know she grated on everybody’s nerves long before she grated against Robin Thicke, but I’ve always liked her voice. She wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination a good actress in the The Last Song, but it was pretty much the last time we all understood Miley Cyrus. I also really liked her and Hemsworth together (reunite now, lovebirds!)

Male Leads: Deliciousness always


To land a spot as the main man in a Nicholas Sparks movie, there are two main requirements:

One: Be so hot you are one of the main culprits in a sudden increase in global warming

Two: Have the ability to look pained/pensive/heroic with extra benefits if you can do all these at once.

That said, most actors in these adaptions have done a very good job and they are all fine actors. I think some of them like Channing Tatum and Zac Efron (Especially Efron) are still proving themselves in Hollywood and romantic movies is a good way to get noticed #MatthewMcConaughey

First Place: Ryan Gosling as Noah Calhoun


My favorite actor in this set of movies is definitely Ryan Gosling: I love the man, I loved Noah in the books and how Gosling represented Noah in the adaption. Gosling himself is three hundred percent charm and can act exceptionally well. The Chemistry between the main characters is another topic but the intense attraction between Gosling and McAdams also contribute greatly to the success of both their roles.

Second Place: Shane West as Landon Carter


Shane West has the perfect face and personality to be the angry teenager with a chip on his shoulder. He worked as Landon Carter as few others could have and he brought the change that took place in Landon after he met Jamie to the table authentically. He had very decent character development – Landon was a spoiled rich kid that found something more rewarding to live for than getting in trouble all the time.

Third Place: James Marsden as Dawson Cole

James marsden BOM

I had a truckload of issues with this movie, but James Marsden as the leading man in Best of Me was a good choice, even if he had no chemistry with Michelle Monaghan. Marsden is cute as hell, he can act, he has gorgeous blue eyes and he is a perfect mix of defiance and sweetness in his portrayal of Cole.

Honorable mention: Zac Efron as Logan Thibault

Logan 1

For the sake of full disclosure, I’m admitting I just wanted him on here because he’s so gorgeous. That, and he really did the sad, hardworking ex-marine thing well (go talk to Zoë about that obsession of mine)

logan dog

Yes, It’s Zac Efron holding a dog. You’re welcome!

Death of a Central Character:


George Martin

Suzanne Collins

Veronica Roth

JK Rowling

Nicholas Sparks

In this epic battle Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins would square off, but I think Collins would win as the most psycho writer because we loved Finnick WAY more than we loved Tris, right? Then as our next set of contenders we would have George Martin killing Nicholas Sparks without mercy (beheading, of course) while JK Rowling would not even notice them and keep writing in her castle, smugly, because she killed Dumbledore, Mad-Eye, Hedwig, Dobby, Lupin, Tonks, Fred, Sirius and Snape within a book and a half.

My point here is that Sparks sure loves killing people off but it is usually after they’ve gotten some bits of happiness in. The impact is also less because his books are singular entries and not a continuing series, so your attachment, book or movie-wise is not gut wrenching forever.

The title for the saddest Nicholas Sparks movie is shared by The Notebook and A Walk To Remember. You can still argue that A Walk To Remember is worst, because Noah and Allie end up together for a few decades before they both die whereas Jamie dies on Landon a few months after they fall in love.

Book Vs Movie

book vs movie

But will I rewatch?

Best of Me (2014): No. It’s mediocre at best and there are far better alternatives if you want some cheesy romance.

Safe Haven (2013): Maybe – It’s not horrid but it’s not the best movie either

The Lucky One (2012): It has Zac Efron in, I definitely will

The Last Song (2010):  Hmmm, maybe.

The Notebook (2004): You mean apart from the other ten times I’ve rewatched? Then yes.

Dear John (2010): Hmmm, maybe.

A Walk to Remember (2002): Definitely. Nothing better than a good cry 😀

Hope you enjoyed this enormous post! Let me know what your opinions are about the movies you’ve seen on this list!

Double Review: A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks) and Nights in Rodanthe (Nicholas Sparks)


A Walk to Remember

Book: 97/100

Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of town reverend Hegbert Sullivan, is the butt of everyone’s jokes at school. She doesn’t deserve it – she is kind-hearted and caring and sees the best in everyone. She meets Landon Carter in drama class, a class he only took to get out of taking Algebra. Landon doesn’t have plenty of goals – he floats through life and doesn’t really consider what he is doing.

Landon asks Jamie to the high school dance as a last resort and she accepts. She turns out to be  a good choice because she helps him with the things other girls wouldn’t have bothered with: breaking up fights and cleaning puke.

Jamie asks Landon to be the male lead in the annual play that her father wrote about his life. He reluctantly agrees, and has to suffer through his friends taunts because of it.

Landon starts to see just how amazing Jamie is and grows closer to her despite her outdated clothes. He falls in love with her and when he sees her on the opening night of the play, everything changes. Hegbert is still unhappy with their relationship but he seems to want to give Jamie whatever she wants.

Jamie tells Landon that she has a rare form of leukemia and she is dying. He is heartbroken and shattered and the entire town is grieving for the loss of a precious life – someone who truly doesn’t deserve it.

Jamie starts weakening and Landon knows he wants to do something incredibly special for the girl that saved his life. What will Landon do? How will he and Hegbert cope with her death?

Rating: 8/10

I’m giving this book an 8 because it is really good, tells a complete story in about a hundred pages, and is very rare because I had tears in my eyes after reading it – that never, ever happens. It is one of those cases where life is just so unfair. Jamie is truly a good person and didn’t deserve death. Landon didn’t deserve to have someone change his life and give him direction and just lose her.

Really recommended, because this was Sparks when he was still an exceptional writer, not a sentimental commercialized one.

Nights in Rodanthe (Nicholas Sparks)


Book: 98/100

Adrienne Willis meets with her daughter Amanda for a very specific reason one afternoon. After the death of Brent, Amanda’s husband, Adrienne watched her daughter losing her grip on life and neglecting her grandchildren. Deciding to intervene, Adrienne decides to tell Amanda about a story no one in her family knows about her.

Years earlier, after her divorce when Adrienne felt very bad about herself she did a favor to a friend and went and took care of her inn while Jean was on holiday. She meets the only guest, Paul Flanner, a neurosurgeon with his own issues a few days in. He is about ten years older than her and they connect through their similar issues and divorces. It doesn’t take long for them to become romantically entangled but Adrienne knows that Paul is planning to leave – he is heading to his son who is also a doctor but working on an outreach program in Africa to mend their broken relationship. Paul leaves, promising to always write to her until they can meet up a year later.

Back in the present, Adrienne tells her daughter that Paul died in a car accident in Africa. Her daughter is devastated for her mom and realizes that they have something in common. Adrienne tells her daughter that although the grief of losing a husband can be overwhelming it doesn’t mean your life has to stop as well. Amanda leaves and immediately starts being a hands on mom again.

Rating: 6/10

I enjoyed this quick read by Sparks. The story is sweet and well told and believable. It is the first time I’ve ever read Nights in Rodanthe, so it was completely fresh and original. I enjoyed that the characters were older because I’ve always thought it highly unfair that only young people seem to fall in love in books J I am considering watching the movie but there are some unhappy reviews floating around on the internet (if you’ve seen it, drop a comment!)

Have you read it?

15 Best Romantic Films

A walk to remeber

Just like heaven


Letters to Juliet

Made of honor

PS I love you

The holiday

The notebook

Anyone who knows me knows that I simply love romantic films. I guess I now realise how unrealistic many of them are, but there is nothing sweeter than a romantic story.

here is my list of 15 Favourite Romantic Films:

PS I love you


10 Things I hate about you

Letters to Juliet

Silver Linings Playbook

Dirty Dancing

The Holiday

The Lucky One

The Notebook

A walk to remember

Bridget Jones’ diary


Just like heaven

Made of Honor

Moulin Rouge