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Monday, May 14, 2012

From Book to Movie (9)

When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.

I am pretty sure I can say I have seen every Nicholas Sparks' movies-well every one since The Notebook. However, I being the reader that I claim to be, have never read a single one of his books. Ever! I have thought about it, I have even "vowed" to do so before seeing the next movie. But here I sit, having watched The Lucky One  last night, having not read the book. Really, Sara, really? I have to say that I wish I had read the book before seeing The Lucky One. Actually as handsome and little (ok, not so little) Zac Effron was in this movie, I was a little disappointed. 

The story lacked the depth that the majority of the Sparks movies contain. Sure it was romantic and cute. But again, not really. I found that The Vow had more of a story then this one. I am not sure what my issue with this movie is. I think that it was because it lacked a story line. Or the plot that was there wasn't strong enough for me. Whatever it was it did not work for me. I have heard that the book is really good though, so maybe in a couple months I'll pick it up. 

If you want to see a good comparison video, check out this one by beauty guru Allison. She really convinced me that the book is worth it. Someday Nicholas Sparks I will read your book.  

Have you read any of Sparks' books? Are they worth the hype? Are the movies better? Let me know. 

~Happy Reading Reading! 


  1. I'Ve hears that this wasn't that great a movie. I haven't read the books either but this is almost one of the only Sparks books I haven't read he's a really great author you should try one.

  2. I only read Dear John and I often felt bored by the rather slow pace of the story. I liked the movie better, except the ending. They totally should have kept the sad book ending without happy ending!

    I watched The Lucky One yesterday and wasn't that impressed. It was an ok movie. Nice to the eyes;)

    I really want to watch The Notebook, haven't done that yet. But I did also see The Last Song and The Vow.

    I think you could just try one Nicholas Sparks books. Maybe the book version of the next Nicholas Spark's movie?

  3. I've read one of his books I think but I don't really remember it... and I don't think I've seen any of them as a movie. I know, that's just weird. But it's too bad this one just didn't live up. :(

  4. I so wanna see this movie!!!!
    But I don't really expect much of the movies based on books by Nick Sparks.

    I have read his books before - A walk to Remember - and I found them rather disappointing, at least in that case the movie was SO much better. And I really liked The Notebook but mostly 'cause the actors, I never felt like reading the book.

    *sigh* I really missed these posts of yours!! and I actually thought the Vow was a book by him, it so sounded like it, I was surprised when I found out it was based on a true story.


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