7 Things That Happen in Every Nicholas Sparks Movie Gabi Conti

Nicholas Sparks has done it again. He’s made another romantic movie that will make you cry. A movie that will make you want to do crazy things like ask the guy you’re kind of seeing questions such as, “Why don’t YOU ever kiss ME in the rain?” or “If I had amnesia, would you remind me of our love story every day, like Noah did for Allie in The Notebook?”

As I’m watching the trailer for the latest Sparks’ adaption, The Best of Me, I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Then I realize no, I have not. I’ve just seen all of the other Nicholas Sparks’ movies.

Turns out Nicholas Sparks’ films appear to have a checklist or formula. Here are seven things that happen in almost every Nicolas Sparks’ movie:

1. It Takes Place In A Small Town Near A Body of Water

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Our couple is always surrounded by nature. Is there cell service out here? Unclear. Water is also a big theme. To really story maximize a story’s romantic potential, there needs to be an ocean, a lake, a bay, who cares!?! Anything that provides for the inevitable scene where our hot leading man takes off his shirt — revealing his perfectly chiseled six pack — will do.

2. There Will Be Kissing In Water

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Who knew the water could be so romantic?! Our lovers will kiss in the rain a la The Notebook and Dear John, or in the shower like in The Lucky One. I don’t recommend kissing in water in real life,  because the water goes up your nose and you can’t breathe.

3.) The Movie Poster Will Most Likely Have This Pose

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Because nothing says, “this is a movie about love,” like an almost kiss pose.” SPOILER ALERT: THEY KISS IN THE MOVIE.

4.) There Will Be A Pick-up Truck

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It’s the ultimate Sparks set piece. Nothing is more quintessential small town than a pick-up truck. The Notebook, Safe Haven and The Lucky One all feature one.

5. There Will Be a Father Figure Who Doesn’t Approve

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“But Daddy, I love him!” — I’m guessing that’s what she’s saying.

Mandy’s dad in A Walk to Remember, Paul Newman in Message in A Bottle. (You read that right: Paul. Newman.) Allie’s dad in The Notebook, Miley’s dad in The Last Song, the dad in The Best of Me.  None of Sparks’ dads approve. You can blame that on another Sparkian device: bad boys. Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, Shane West in A Walk to Remember. If there’s one thing over-protective fathers can’t stand and daughters love, it’s bad boys.

6. The Movie Title Sounds Like A Song Title 

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And sometimes it is a song title! The Last Song, featured NEW MUSIC BY MILEY CYRUS (pre-twerking), Message In A Bottle is also the name of a song by The Police (AKA Sting’s band). Meanwhile, his new movie, The Best of Me, is the name of Bryan Adams, Michael Buble AND Tyrese songs. Also, there is always that theme song in his movies that really plays on your heartstrings, gives you goose bumps and makes you cry. It’s the kind of theme song that makes you contemplate buying the soundtrack. (Never buy the soundtrack).

7. Someone Died or Is Going to Die Soon

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And sometimes we don’t even meet that character. In Safe Haven it was Josh Duhamel’s wife and I don’t want to spoil the others for you, but it just feels like someone is going to die in all of his stories (hence the crying). In other words: THERE WILL BE TEARS.

Other fun things that are in some but not all of Sparks’ movies:

• A Carnival
• Love Letters
• White People
• Someone at war
• A kiss where the guy holds the girl up
• A love triangle

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  1. There’s usually a Distant Parent the Stubborn Protagonist Reconciles With After/Right Before the Other Protagonist Dies. A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, The Last Song. I’m sure there are more.

  2. Great post, except in The Notebook it’s Alzheimer’s disease, not amnesia…

  3. Actually, The Police came up with their hit “Message in a bottle” after seeing the Sparks movie! They reportedly were crying out loud all three of them. That’s how Sting also got the idea to sing falsetto from that time on.

  4. Haha this was brilliant! It’s a tried and tested formula that clearly works for ‘ol Nick

  5. What about James Marsden? He was in The Notebook and now The Best of Me.

  6. Will’s parents didn’t approve of Ronni (Miley)

  7. False .. Last song, the father did approve. He really liked Will.

  8. excellent article, I loved, very funny part about the posters!

  9. The couples eat crabs, for example The Notebook or Dear John…:P

  10. That is why NS books and movies are terrible.

  11. You are missing Nights in Rodanthe

  12. And always have a house under renovation! X-D

  13. North Carolina! Every single book takes place in some part of North Carolina!

  14. They take place at North Carolina :P

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