Books — June 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Nicholas Sparks: what does it takes to thug your readers’ heartstrings?

Lovelyn Layon


Nicholas Sparks. Source: womansday.com

Have you ever wondered about a typical kind of story which was remodeled and refurnished by one of the most popular novelist and bestsellers in the world? Have you ever been through heartache yet you never tried to escape that feeling at all? Did you ever felt agony or lack of courage from your past that during these days, all you can do is to make a fool of yourself? The long wait for temporary healing is over. Nicholas Sparks will surely save the day!

Born as Nicholas Charles Sparks from Omaha, Nebraska on December 31, 1965, Sparks started his life as a simple boy who graduated valedictorian in 1984 and received a full track scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. During the summer of 1985, he wrote his very first novel, though it was never published. Business Finance was his major and graduated with high honors in 1988 – an obvious proof that he is was indeed a one-of-a-kind person during his own generation.

Sparks met his wife, Catherine, on a spring break in 1988 and were married in July 1989. While living in Sacramento, he wrote his second novel though again, it wasn’t published. In 1990, he joined force on a book with Billy Mills, and it was published by Feather Publishing then after that, he was discovered by Random House, also a publishing company. At the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook and was sold to Warner Books in 1995. Other than The Notebook, Sparks continued to write many more romantic stories based from some of his and his friends’ life stories and some are pure fiction. He wrote Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005), At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006) The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last song (2009), Safe Haven (2010), The Best of Me (2011), and a non-fiction memoir, Three Weeks with my Brother (2004)all with Warner Books or Grand Central Publishing.

The Notebook. Source: nicholassparks.com

Message in a Bottle. Source: nicholassparks.com

A Walk to Remember. Source: nicholassparks.com

The Rescue. Source: nicholassparks.com

A Bend in the Road. Source: nicholassparks.com

Nights in Rodanthe. Source: nicholassparks.com

The Guardian. Source: nicholassparks.com

The Wedding. Source: nicholassparks.com

Three Weeks with my Brother. Source: nicholassparks.com

Some of his books were made into film and most of them had received probable domestic and international gross from movie houses all around the world. Without any kind of expectation from worldwide fans and avid readers, Sparks continue to write new set of romantic manuscripts and true-to-life stories just to fulfill the demands of his readers. With the fame and the recognition from critics and fans, is there any moment in life which he tries to stop and stare in front of a mirror and think about the things he has already done for the past years?

True Believer. Source: nicholassparks.com

At First Sight. Source: nicholassparks.com

Dear John. Source: nicholassparks.com

The Choice. Source: nicholassparks.com

The Lucky One. Source: nicholassparks.com

The Last Song. Source: nicholassparks.com

Safe Haven. Source: nicholassparks.com

One thing for sure, everyone should notice that he never fail to thug the heartstrings of his readers. He always makes sure that everyone can relate to his stories and to the lines that are being delivered in films and movie clips. There are lots of reasons for us to love Nicholas Sparks. And there still hundreds of unwritten ideas that we have figure out in the future. These are the colorful ideas of Sparks. From books to films, there is only one tool which he will always use to mend a broken wing – the human heart.


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