Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Paradigm Shift of Nicholas Sparks

Last night as I finished watching The Last Song, I noticed that Nicholas Sparks had a paradigm shift into something to older generations. I rummaged through my stuff and made an inventory of my books. I noticed how many Nicholas Sparks novels I still havent read but already bought. If you're interested in checking out books I currently have, feel free to visit this link.

Going back.. See, Nicholas Sparks has been those romance authors who tends to focus on teen relationships. It gives readers (and viewers, for the movie) a heart tugging experience which, somehow, if you've read a number of his books would probably find some sense of monotony and probably uniformity on his stories.

It seems like, hes not an avid fan of unhappy endings too. Save for A Walk to Remember, but it would probably be left in the decision of the reader/viewer to qualify on how they would take the ending. Its not as point blank trample your heart endings like the movie Prime, nor the anime 5cm per Second but what the heck, its his book, his story and we're just the audience.

Prior to watching the Last Song, ive watched Dear John months ago. I was surprised to see that Sparks changed his focus from being centered in the romantic endeavors of two individuals to something probably, well, unexpected for his caliber. Sparks shifted into giving importance to family. Perhaps it was a good decision to take in my opinion because aside from love of God and love of self, love for family encompasses all that romantic shenanigans you normally would see in teen-targeted novels and movies *cough*Twilight*cough* ..

Its a bit refreshing as a reader or as a part of his audience to see this shift but I hope he really consider some diversity in his future novels.

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