He’s made us laugh, he’s made us cry. He’s made us fall in love, and he’s pulled the whole world from under our feet; there’s no denying that Nicholas Sparks does more than just put ink on paper – he gives us something real that we can all become a part of and something we can never forget. Here are 10 reasons Nicholas Sparks is the best writer of our time.
Sparks works with real people in real situations that any of us could find ourselves in throughout our lives. Sure, he loves a tragic ending, but I’d sure as hell take that any day over an idealistic ‘happily ever after’ that would never have played out in the real world.
His characters are realistic too
They all have their perks and they all have their flaws, just like you and I. To back this point up even further, Sparks has revealed that several of his characters are not entirely fictional and are actually based on real people including his sister, Danielle Sparks Lewis, who was the inspiration for his novel A Walk To Remember.
He’s highly intelligent
In 1984, Sparks graduated as valedictorian from Bella Vista High School, California, before enrolling at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He majored in businesses finance and graduated with honors in 1988. See, there’s more to him than you thought.
He makes us realise we have emotions we never even knew we had
Before Sparks, I had no idea how attached I could become to someone I hadn’t even met before, nevermind someone who is, let’s face it, not real. But now, all I can think about is how deeply emotional all his roller-coaster rides have made me.
He completely transports us into each setting
As soon as I’ve got my nose into one of Sparks’ classics, I could be lying face down on a North Carolina beach, or out floating the day away on an old boat – and I’d still never look up to check my whereabouts!
He explores several different types of relationship
From the forbidden love of Noah and Ali in The Notebook, to the complex relationship between John and his father in Dear John, a Sparks novel would be incomplete without a complicated and fascinating relationship. The fact that this can be romantic, platonic, between siblings or from parent to child just makes that even more special.
And we can always relate to one of those relationships
His work is never predictable
Just as we think a happy ending is on the horizon, he yanks our hopes away and throws in a war, a death, a storm, or some other form of disaster that changes absolutely everything as we know it. God damn it Sparks, we hate you but we can’t help but love you at the same time!
He has so much writing experience – and it definitely shows
Did you know, Sparks started writing when he was a teenager and, by the age of 20, he’d written his first (never published) novel called The Passing. Now 51, the author has over three decades of experience when it comes to churning out absolute classics – and we certainly hope he’s got a few more left in him!
All his work is so good – we simply can’t pick a favourite
Of all the novels that Sparks has blessed us with so far, I’d definitely struggle to place them into any kind of order. If you’ve been lucky enough to read any of them, let me know which one was your favourite in the comments below. And, if you’re still yet to explore the wonder of Nicholas Sparks for yourself, here’s a checklist to start ticking off…
Nicholas Sparks books:
A Bend in the Road
At First Sight
A Walk To Remember
Message in a Bottle
Nights in Rodanthe
The Longest Ride
The Best of Me
The Last Song
Three Weeks With My Brother
Two By Two
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