Architectural Filmmaking: Best of Nicholas Sparks Books

From Novels to Motion Picture

Today, I will be sharing with you a post that I will categorize within the Bookstore section of my Blog. At first impression, there is something weird about this message, but the good news is coming. Actually, it is all about two books that I finish to read recently, and that is the reason why I am inviting you to buy them via my affiliate program. (Links are below)

Anyway, it’s normal that every successful book gets millions of readers or buyers and features as the #1 best-selling score in certain book markets or online stores, or elsewhere around the world. But what is not usual is that every novel’s title published (*), gets its own motion picture and hits the top 10’s Box Office list the same as the book did and even more…

(*) 11 Novel titles were adapted for major motion pictures. (See the relevant table below)

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A Strong Relation between the Architecture and Filmmaking

… Well, yeah! And that’s true; because someone actually did it, and I bet you already know who I am talking about: the well-known and famous young American writer Nicholas Sparks. However, the big question is why I have to talk about him and his novels here, on my Architecture Blog?

So Okay, and without delay, I’m going to tell you why!

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Actually, the answer is not related directly to the topic but to the result, utilizing the movie itself; It is because I've been a big fan of the movie industry in all its branches from the screenwriter, the camera moves, and the film directors till the final steps of the filmmaking industry.

Even more, as an architect myself, and in my opinion, we can visualize things better than any other background, at least in the critics. Thus, the architect is the best-qualified person to play the film director role or assistant in the first place.

In fact, many of my colleagues had pursued film-directing courses after their graduation from the school of architecture for two years of concentrated lessons. Not long enough though, because of his wide knowledge of arts and other related stuff in general.

Architecture is the passkey to other specializations.

This means that architects and the number of courses that he takes in college until his graduation, qualify him to be knowledgeable in many other fields and trades in addition to his initial specialization.

Moreover, among all those, and especially in the filmmaking industry, being mainly the art producer is a wise suggestion. Why not, since he owns the knowledge of all the qualifications that are needed to be successful in his career; In fact, he is a creative visualizer from the first row. He has imagination and creativity, which are necessary for the field of cinematography, as well.

So, from what precedes, came the strong relationship between Architecture and Filmmaking trades, which convinced me to write this special post.

Anyway, I permit myself to make some gloomy critiques, regarding my point of view as an ordinary fan of movies in general.

Getting back to our main topic, the books of Sparks, and the ones that were adapted as motion pictures, The Notebook was first published in October 1996, and The Longest Ride in September 2013.

Facts About The Movies

1- The Notebook

The Notebook Synopsis (from the Back Cover of the book)

With over 6 million copies in print of his first two New York Times bestsellers, THE NOTEBOOK, and MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, Nicholas Sparks has become one of the world's most beloved storytellers... and one whose poignant tales renew our faith in the lasting power of true love.

At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle [...]

Note About the Author

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fifteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers and were translated into more than fifty languages.

Eleven of Nicholas Sparks's novels- The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-have been adapted into major motion pictures.

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The Notebook, book cover
by Nicholas Sparks

Product details

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (December 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446676098
ISBN-13: 978-0446676090
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

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The movie adaptation of The Notebook was in 2004, and it was a great success: rated 7.8/10 according to IMDb America.

  • See the table below for more detailed references about ratings, reviews, and other useful info.

As for watching the movie, I hereby provide you with the link which allows you to download the .torrent file of the movie, provided as it is, for personal use only.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for the Yify Movies website on how to manage for using the site properly and without breaking the rules as some of its contents might be copyrighted.

There are two options-versions: the 720p and the other 1080p version. I recommend 720p which is a very good quality indeed if you are using a slow connection for faster download. The full movie may take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete and download depending on the overall length of the movie.

So, why use the .torrent File format?

Simply because it is smaller in size and acts like a link for the server from where its origin belongs, e.g. the movie itself, which means you can download the movie whatever you want and choose the time of your own. Once you have downloaded the file, all you have to do is to find a .torrent file reader or extractor. I recommend the uTorrent application available for free at the link here.

As well, you can stream the movie directly from the web, but it might not work properly depending on the server speed; anyway, you have to try, and good luck!

Movie Summary (as featured on

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story to an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen-year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other.

One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her.

Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates, and then, Lon, who is wealthy, and [...]

Movie Facts in a Glance

Cast: Ryan Gosling as Noah, Rachel McAdams as Allie...
Screenplay: Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi
Novel: Nicholas Sparks
Film Director: Nick Cassavetes

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Movies Rating Table (as featured on

2- The Longest Ride

A Comparison Between the 2 Books v/s Movies

As you can see from the comparison of the two stories, the writer did use almost the same scenario in either both books and respectively in both movies.

In the movies, Sparks introduces two couples with a love story that unites them in the badest moments of their lives. Even if the timing of the first couple was different than the second, they have been unified in their current days and under the power of love (i.e. the two couples in The Notebook were the same persons but in a different cycle of their age).

In The Longest Ride, however, it wasn't the same couple story even if there are, in fact, two couples but referring to a different era in history. They had something in common, though: it was Love. But also, in the end, the old love of the first couple died to give birth to a new sentimental feeling inside the hearts of the younger duo.

Perhaps it is Sparks' style in composing the well-done script of the romantic stories: a moral came out from older people to teach the newbies an unforgettable lesson to learn from it forever...

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The Longest Ride Paperback Cover, now a major motion picture

The Longest Ride

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Likewise, you can get the relevant .torrent file at the following link. (See the instructions above on how to manage the .torrent files, to download and extract them properly)

Movie Summary (as featured on

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship,

Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

Movie Facts in a Glance

Cast: Scott Eastwood as Luke, Britt Robertson as Sophia...
Screenplay: Craig Bolotin
Novel: Nicholas Sparks
Film Director: George Tillman Jr.

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