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Latest entertainment articles and reviews. The story of this couple’s undeniable love and the obstacles they face, are revealed decades later to a woman in a Southern nursing home by a gentleman who visits her regularly to read her stories from a mysterious notebook. A simple direct question to start; what was your inspiration for writing “The Notebook”?
Specifically, what was it about that relationship that interested you enough to write about it? Well, their story had certain parallels that eventually became the film and the novel of course. Many of the things that happened in the novel and the film, I don’t want to express exact details but it is what generally happened in their lives. But most importantly it is the story of two people who loved each other deeply their entire lives.
When I think about “The Notebook” and the story that it tells, it is really a story about “what if”. What if Noah had been rich? What if Allie had been poor? There are so many variables that can change everything in a person’s life in a heartbeat. Could you comment on that a bit?
I try to always write novels that reflect reality. You know the actual issues and events that most people will face sometime in their lives or they will know someone who has gone through these types of events in their lives. For instance, “The Notebook” is the story about a young couple that fell in love and their parents didn’t want them to be together. That is very common. Nicholaa it didn’t happen to you but you have certainly heard about things like that.
It is the story about a couple who realized how much they were meant to be together which of fwarless applies to basically everybody who gets married. It is the story of a couple that adores each other throughout their entire lives, even when it is not easy to love the other person, they do so anyway because that is who they are. That to me is a wonderful story. It does as you mentioned previously, goes to the old “what if” question.
What if I got paralyzed? Would my wife remain married to me? What if all of these “what if” type questions. Yet that is what life is. It is completely unguaranteed folks. What I love about your writing is that there is just such a sense of realness about it.
Like you are saying, this could happen to anyone. That is what I try to do throughout all of my sparkw. These are stories that were inspired by events in my family or my friends. And you can make that claim about any of my novels. If you look at “The Rescue” for instance, which was my fourth novel.
It is the story about a mother that has a son who doesn’t speak well. She is just so worried about his future. But even if your son fearless perfect or your daughter is perfect, you worry about them. Trust me, Spparks got five kids. If I am not mistaken, you have battled this very issue yourself with your son. If I remember correctly, that is what inspired you to write “The Rescue”. This is your fearleds time with a book going from the written page to the big screen.
So, you have had a lot of experience with this as compared to most authors. What was your involvement with the film? You obviously wrote the novel from which the film is based but beyond that did you have any sort of role on the film? I showed him around and helped him nicholss the history of the town to make it historically accurate.
So, he went through the first passes and they strayed a little bit far from what the studio envisioned the spars to be. I think they wanted something that was very close to what the book was.
So, they hired Jeremy Levens. Levens then took some of these aspects that Jan Sardi had incorporated and s;arks them into the film. So, aside from that I read the scripts that was it. And that was about it. You had mentioned that the movie ended up being pretty close to what the book was. Are you satisfied with the film? Yeah, I think it is a great film. I think it captures a relationship between a couple like few movies that I have ever seen.
There is a definite realism to their relationship. And I think audiences will respond to that very much.
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Talking a little bit about the writing process that you went through fearlese crafting this book. We have the present day where Noah and Allie are both older people and then of course the perspective of them in earlier days, during the World War II era. Was it difficult for you to weave those two periods of their lives together into a free flowing novel?
Well, the way the book was constructed it was not. That process has been much more difficult with some of my other novels. In “The Wedding”, I had essentially seven aparks levels going on simultaneously. But in the way “The Notebook” was constructed, start in the present, go through the past, then back to the present.
The film, of course, changes that as they had to so that the viewer knows exactly what is going becmoing. If you looked at the original novel, the film was two thirds set in the years that followed World War II and one third beecoming in the present. The film is actually one third set the summer that they first meet when they are 17, becomin third set in the years after World War II, and a third set in the present.
But the part that is in the present isn’t all lumped together at the beginning and the end. It kind of weaves throughout the story. That would be the only difference. But those changes are done because films are different mediums.
And when you have sparms mediums you can do different things. The movie is set in the coastal Carolina’s as is the book during the ‘s. Having read “Three Weeks with My Brother” Sparks’ autobiographical memoir I realize that you were not brought up in that area. You grew up mostly in California.
Did you need to do a fair amount of research to capture the essence and flavor of that time in North Carolina?
No, I really didn’t. I spent a few hours, how is that? That is primarily because this is a book about people.
It is a book that has internal conflict. I am one of these people that tend to believe that people have changed less than you think they have. Every generation thinks that the next generation is sending us to doom. Everyone today thinks that the teenagers are worse than they have ever been before. Every generation thinks that society is going downhill. I mean we had the Temperance Movement in because people thought society was going downhill fast. So, I kind of work with this theory that people haven’t changed much.
Most people want to do what is right by God and for their family and for their community. They want a better life for their children. That is most people. And that is certainly not everybody but I think that that holds true today for the majority of people.
I think it held true 50 years ago and even years ago. Fearles, the world sparls, technology changes, spagks people are much slower in evolving than technology.
Ten years ago sparkw had computers with what, two little megabytes? My brain hasn’t gone from two to 10 gigabytes in the last 10 years. My brain is still my brain.
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So, I think people haven’t changed as much. That is really what I write about. I write about internal conflict, falling in love, the dilemma’s people face. They faced these things years ago and they face them now. Changing gears, when you wrote this book did you have any idea that A it would become a New York Times Bestseller, B become a movie that I believe is destined to become one of the summer’s bigger films, and C spawn the writing career you have had.
Did you ever imagine that all of this would transpire as it has over the last 10 years?