Today I’ll be looking at the 2010 novel Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks and its film adaptation Safe Haven starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel released in 2013.
Which is better – the movie or the book?
There is a meme floating around the inter-web which depicts step-by-step instructions on how to write a Nicholas Sparks novel/film:
- start with two pretty white people
- include an obstacle that makes love between them seem impossible
- they fall in love anyway
- throw in a disaster
- make the poster 2 white people almost kissing
- count your money
Safe Haven follows this format to the letter. We have the story of Katie, a mysterious woman who moves to a small town in North Carolina called Southport. Katie meets the handsome shopkeeper, a widower named Alex and his two young children. But Katie has a secret that is haunting her every move, and Alex has a broken heart and just wants his children to have a mother again. Will they find love in a hopeless place? Why yes Rihanna, they will. Continue reading