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Sunday, February 13, 2005
  The Notebook - a Recommendation
About five years ago, my wife and I read Nicholas Sparks's book The Notebook. We both instantly fell in love with the passionate, romantic characters of Noah and Allie, and their deep, enduring love for one another. What made the book so thoroughly enjoyable was its celebration of romantic love, as a selfish value, and the admirable choices the characters make in the face of extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

And so after having received several good reviews from people I respect, I was salivating over my copy of the movie version as I slid the DVD into my DVD player. Gone were the admirable characters, making heroic choices while pursuing their values. In there place were two teenagers, with superficial similarities but obviously edited, watered-down into conventional types you could meet at any bar.

The outrage and betrayal we both felt were visceral, and nearly incommunicable. This book holds a special place in our hearts, and the movie betrayed the essence of the book. Beautiful, romantic scenes and lines were totally excised, without any justification. And totally irrational, disconnected, confusing and unnecessary ones pasted in. We both got the feeling that the screenwriter or director, upon reading the book, felt, "This is too far-fetched, this isn't how real people act, let's make it more palatable to the general public". What they overlook is the fact that "the public", like ourselves, yearns for the kind of the love the book celebrates.

So this is a warning - if you have read the book, DO NOT SEE THE MOVIE. For everyone else, don't even see the movie either- buy the book instead. It's only about 200 pages, but I promise you it will be 200 pages of love and romance like you have rarely seen. If you value passionate, romantic love, this book is for you.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:22 AM


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