Despite razzing from some of my book loving friends, up until last month, I had never read a Nicholas Sparks book. Shocking, I know! I think I had been putting it off because…well because I didn't want to cry lol! Is that a crazy reason to avoid reading a book? Maybe. But it’s not hard to guess that Nicholas Sparks’ books are very emotional.
Then this past weekend I was meandering around a local used book store and found a nicely loved copy of Message in a Bottle. Although it has been quite a while, I have seen the movie with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright at least twice. Since I had an idea of what to expect I decided to give the book a whirl.
I know there is always the debate on which is better, book or movie, but in this case I love both. Having seen the movie first, I found that reading the book added to that experience. But at the same time I felt it also took away from the reading experience. I couldn’t read it objectively because I thought about the movie with every turn of the page. And I wanted to watch the movie every time I picked up the book.
Both book and movie are emotional. The characters and their stories will creep into your heart and remain there long after reading/watching. And yes, I’ll admit that both made me cry.
Now for the question you’re all
dying mildly curious to know the answer to....am I a new die hard Sparks fan after confessing my love for Message in a Bottle? Did I rush out to buy more of his books after reading one? Well, no. I really did enjoy the book but overall, I still don’t see myself reaching for the overly emotional books when deciding what my next read will be. I’m sure I will read other Sparks books…eventually, but they will be few and far between.