"A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn’t understand. Until he begins to read to her. The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever. Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories. . . until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again. Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes."
I have always been, and always will be the kind of girl who read's the book first and watches the film later. It really is horrible for a film to put characters in your head so that when you read the book you can't truly let your imagination run 'wild'. But then again, this can always reverse itself and you're left feeling disappointed with a film because you imagined it to be so much better than what the film portrayed. But, at the end of the day, you and the director of the film will not have imagined the same thing. So, as always (it's a shame to ruin tradition!) I read the novel before watching the film.
This is Nicholas Sparks' debut novel. If you're a sucker for heart-wrenching, tear jerking, and page-turning romances like me, then you're in for a treat with Nicholas Sparks. All of his novels somehow touch the heart without crossing that line where cute and bearable cheesiness becomes, well a block of Cathedral City mature Cheddar. (I really should stop with these awful cringey jokes!) So, aside with the joking, this novel really does capture the raw emotions of the characters, and leaves you wishing you could share a similar relationship. Because who doesn't want to meet their soul mate and grow old together, right? The book is truly phenomenal, your wanting to turn the page before you've even finished the page you're reading, the storyline is so gripping and intense, maybe a little soppy in places but it's bearable. I'd hate to reveal anymore, so I just suggest you go out and buy the book. NOW.
But lets get to the film. For me, the film 'got to me' more. Unlike the book, where I simply had 'watery eyes' at parts, when I watched the film, wow, it was like a damn wall had been smashed. Tears ran, no, sprinted down my face, but I was smiling all goofy because it really is just so damn adorable! But lets not forget to mention why our hearts throb when watching the film more so than reading the book. If you're wondering why, you must be deluded. oh, its because of the adorable Mr Ryan Gosling of course.
Now that's not to say the book isn't great. It really is page-turning, heart melting stuff. But it just didn't do it for me, unlike the film. The film captured the raw emotions of the characters better than it did in the book. After the film I was left feeling exhilarated, as if I had just witnessed something life-changing, however after reading the book I just didn't feel the same way, unlike I had after reading some other Nicholas sparks books. And nobody can deny that The Notebook quotes and lines will be repeated for many years to come.
So if you're looking for a good book to read, or a film that will make your heart flutter, look no further. I would love for you to let me know in the comments; in the battle of the book vs. film, who won?
Much love, Lauryn x