When AH and I went to see Vicky Christina Barcelona there was a preview for Nights in Rodanthe. Follow the link and watch the preview. It's quite beautiful and who doesn't love Diane Lane and Richard Gere. After we saw the preview we both turned to each other and asked, "wonder who dies". You can always count on Nicholas Sparks to kill someone important and break your heart.
I should say right now that I don't do sad endings. Not in movies (if I can help it) or books (I've been known to read the end first). If I want sad endings I can read the newspaper or watch the news or just contemplate life's big picture. For entertainment I want at least a little happy, especially at the end. Poignant is good, even a little cheesy is ok, I just like my people to be alright in the end. Oh, and pets too, especially the pets.
So back to Nicholas Sparks and his wildly popular books and films. The Notebook is the only Sparks book I have ever read. No wait, I read Message in a Bottle too, glutton for punishment that I am. The rest of his work passed across my desk at the library frequently as did many patron critiques. One of his books was actually thrown at me by a profoundly disgruntled patron who felt, apparently violently so, that I should have warned her about Mr. Sparks penchant for heartbreak. Even if his books are not my cup of tea, there is no question that he has a finely honed skill for strong emotion. Good for him.
I suppose there is always that chance that they will rewrite the script so that all persons in love end up together and alive at the end of this movie, but I doubt it. I'm pretty sure this one will embed the stake right in the heart, cause yes, someone does die. I wish it could be different because I love the preview. I love the house and the ocean and the possibility of finding someone at a point in your life when you were positive that would never, ever happen. (I love you AH.)
Maybe next time.