Sparks also has the talent of punching out novels that after wards—not too long after hitting the shelves—become major motion pictures. The plots in his movies follow a specific pattern: the main character of the story unexpectedly hooks up with a character of the opposite sex; the two tackle the obstacles of being in love; the two realize, for one reason or another, they can’t be together; as a result, one of the characters enters a exhausting grieving period; then towards the end, somebody dies.
Sometimes Sparks surprises us with plot twists, like in “The Last Song,” where the main characters Veronica and Will reunite as a couple. However; whether the characters reunite in a happy ending or are forever separated by death or a tragedy stemming from another character’s death (i.e. “Dear John”), Sparks’s novels are still overly sentimental and trite. While I do admire some of Sparks’s earlier works like “A Walk to Remember” and “The Notebook,” I feel Sparks has reached a wall in his creativity.
I honestly think Nicholas Sparks should try delving into love between two members of the same gender. Of course I know there are writers who have written about homosexual and homoerotic love, but I think this subject in Nicholas Sparks’s case will turn heads.
I am also greatly aware that such a move will shock his fan base and create trepidation in his conservative image. If Sparks should produce a novel about genuine love between two members of the same sex, he will receive mounds of criticism. However; he also has a chance of attracting a new fan base of younger women as well as re- attracting a demographic that has contributed to his popularity- women. I don’t think I am wrong in saying most readers of his novels are predominantly women, and I think I am also right to say that we women like something different now and then.
Now I think to myself, “how would a Nicholas Sparks novel on same- sex romance read?” Will it still follow his typical plot protocols and finish with a sappy ending?
Whoever stumbles upon this post, I am interested in your opinions! I welcome your thoughts.