Nicholas Sparks Impact On American Culture

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The Impact of Nicholas Sparks on American Culture “I don’t know that love changes. People change. Circumstances change.” Words by Nicholas Sparks which is shown through his novels about passion, love, and loss. Sparks’ career took off in the 1990s, which the Fifa World Cup was held in the U.S. and Brazil took the win. Sparks’ life experiences greatly influenced his writing. His real life love stories are shown through his writing. Love, tragedy, and fate are dominant themes in Sparks’ novels. The Notebook is one of Sparks’ most important and popular works. The Notebook is a story about having a second chance at love. It was one of Sparks’ greatest works and bestsellers. The novel’s popularity increased when the film was released in 2004, “according…show more content…
He was the second son of Patrick Michael and Jill Emma Marie Thoene Sparks. He has one living sibling, Michael (Micah) Earl Sparks and a sister Danielle Sparks, who passed away in 2000 from cancer, according to Between the Lines with Nicholas Sparks (Kroger, 2013). He spent the early part of his childhood moving around with his family. According to Gale Student Resources in Context (2008) Sparks recalls that he had a typical childhood. His time was mostly spent riding a bike, exploring the woods, and playing games with other kids in the neighborhood. In 1974, his family finally settled in Fair Oaks, California and remained there throughout Sparks’s high school years.Killcoyne (2014) states in Great Authors of Popular Fiction, that Sparks was an impressive athlete and the valedictorian of his high school class. He received a full athletic scholarship for track at the University of Notre Dame. He began writing in college while recovering from a track injury (Killcoyne, 2014). Newsmakers says in their article that he went on to earn his degree in business finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, then married Catherine Cote in 1989. The two had five children together. But the marriage came to an end in 2015, according to Newsmakers. He told People magazine, “This is, of course, not a decision we’ve made lightly. We remain close with friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children. Four…show more content…
According to Newsmakers (2010) Sparks found success with his first novel, which he began writing in 1994 and published in 1996. The novel was only of 40,000 words. It was set in North Carolina, where most of his novels are set in. It focuses on the love story of a young man in touch with nature, Noah Calhoun, and Allie. Like most of his stories, Allie’s family disapproves of the relationship and they break up after a summer together. Noah, then, goes off to fight in a war. Newsmakers (2010) also says in their article that years later they reunite and marry. He encourages her art and she becomes famous. Allie eventually becomes ill with Alzheimer’s, and the two spend the rest of their lives together in a nursing home. Sparks’ grandparents were the basis of the plot says Newsmakers (2010). Gale Student Resources in Context (2008) states in their article that The Notebook was written in both first and third person narrative, in two different time periods. It is a story about having a second chance at love. It was a phenomenal bestseller and one of Sparks’ greatest works. The novel’s popularity was strengthened when the film was released in 2004. Newsmakers (2010) says that while many critics did not believe that The Notebook was great literature, some found it moving. These two novels, along with so many others and movies, he has an impact on American
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