Nicholas Sparks began his writing career in 1985. In 1994, at the age of 28, he finished his top selling novel The Notebook, in just six months. The Notebook was made into a major motion picture and viewers still talk about it. His other novels include A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, The Guardian, and A Walk to Remember, to name a few. All of his novels have been international best-sellers and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. To date, he has written twenty novels and many have been turned into motion pictures that average $56 million in box office gross, and approximately $100 million in DVD sales. Discipline is key to writing novels and Sparks writes 2,000 words a day, three to four days per week; and he gets his inspiration from parts of his own life’s events. (Sparks).
Sparks novels feature traditional narrative techniques and the story is usually told by a first-person narrator. Sparks uses the technique of flashbacks so that the narrator tells t...
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What draws me to Nicholas Sparks as a reader is that his stories are a pleasant escape. His novels are easy to read, with relatable and likeable characters. Each book has moments of emotional intensity throughout the story that grab me from the beginning, slowly pull me deeper, and keep me captivated and hanging, waiting to find out what happens. I get lost for hours reading his stories and he always leaves me wanting more. What draws me to Nicholas Sparks as a writer is his ability to change things up with each novel. Although he writes about love, he writes about different types of love, and none of his stories or characters are identical. He creates a moral universe within his stories that makes sense and doesn’t change. The themes of each novel dictate the entire story’s journey, right down to the final plot twist.
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