22 September 2010

Discussing The Last Song

I rarely read Nicholas Sparks. I know he is one of the most prolific adult/drama romance writers of our time, but he's always breaking my heart. I do however, love to watch when his books are made in to films. Yesterday I watched The Last Song.

While Miley should stick to singing (I love her singing, but I can't take her acting nor my eyes off her overbite), Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman, and Liam Hemsworth are worth it.
Have you read The Last Song? Is it better than the movie? Does it end sadly?
'Cause frankly I like my sugary endings and thought the film ended perfectly.
Great quotes:
  • "We're not perfect. Any of us. We make mistakes, we screw up but then we forgive and move forward."
  • "Love is fragile. And we're not always its best caretakers. We just muddle through and do the best we can. And hope this fragile thing survives against all odds."

43 comments :

  1. I really liked the movie too, but definitely agree about who acted better. I definitely liked the movie ending a bit more =)

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  2. Um, I loved this movie! I've never read Nicholas Sparks' books, but they sure make some guilty pleasure movies :)

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  3. read his books. My favorite is the Notebook, still need to see this movie along with dear john.

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  4. The Last Song was much better as a book. Sparks wrote this after he did the screen play for Miley Cyrus, which was very hard watching her because I read the book first. Ronni was really rough in the book and Miley with all that squezzzzzeee my tears out drove me nuts.And those pouty lips, looks like she was waiting for a fish hook to get her.

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  5. I watched The Last Song this week with my Grandmother because Nicholas Sparks is one of her favorite authors. I agree about Miley's about her overbite. Its bad but I do still like her. It kinda of reminds me of Madonna's gapped front teeth, she never got that fixed either,

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  6. I did a move review for this way back when it first came out. I absolutely loved the book, The Last Song, but the movie fell so flat in my opinion...whats-her-butt just couldn't pull off the role of Ronnie, which is sad since it was made for her haha

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  7. I have to say I didn't think her acting was to bad. I know I know she is something else but I have seen worse acting. I didn't read this one. Though I love Nicholas' books his writing is awesome. Not all of his books end badly

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  8. Agreed! His writing is lovely and all...but he NEVER gives the lead characters a happy ending...it's like he's against them or something. *shakes head* Haven't read the book yet, but plan on it one day...with a box of tissues on stand by (normal item needed for one of his books).

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  9. I have not seen the movie but the book was pretty good. Not his best, IMO, but I still enjoyed it. I don't like Miley either!! Have you read The Notebook? It has a better ending than some of his others, I think.

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  10. I haven't read any Nicholas Sparks since The Notebook and The Wedding. I'm glad you liked the movie. Maybe I should check it out--that one and Dear John!

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  11. I don't read or watch his stuff anymore. Too sad and heartbreaking. In fact we were just at the bookstore yesterday and Jake went by a Nick Sparks display, he pointed at a title and said, "Hey, look, someone dies of cancer."

    Alyssa
    Teens Read and Write

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  12. I haven't read much Sparks - pretty much for the same reasons you listed. And I haven't seen the movie. I guess I'm not real helpful today! :-)

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  13. I actually stayed away from the movie because Miley was in it and don't think I will watch it anytime soon.

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  14. Never could get into Nicholas Sparks but I thought about watching The Last Song. Probably won't though, but I can understand the thing about Miley.

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  15. I have been wanting to see this, but I'm tired of NS making me cry. If the movie has a happier ending, it might be just right for me.

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  16. I loved this movie! I (embarrassingly) love Nicholas Sparks movies even though they make me cry! I even kind of liked Miley in this - and I loved Greg Kinnear! Haven't read the book but I do have it on my shelf.

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  17. Greg Kinnear was a huge draw for me to watch this movie. The parts with him and the little brother (a standout actor in the film) were highlights for me. I haven't read this book, but have read other NS books. I think he sits there and goes..."hmm, how can I get people to cry..." and then starts writing! :) Miley was OK- nothing more (and agreed, a bit distracting). She just didn't do the tough act that convincingly.

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  18. I bawled when I read The Notebook. I refuse to read another of his books because that one got me *too* good.

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  19. Sounds like a great movie. I have the book but it is at the bottom of the TBR mountain. Realistically, I don't think I'll ever get to it to read it. But, I think I'll watch the movie :)

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  20. I haven't seen the movie but the book is one of my favorites. I love love love Nicholas Sparks!

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  21. i couldn't get into the last song (the book). the prologue had me SOOOOO confused, i quit reading. darn prologues

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  22. I try to stay away from Nick Sparks. His books are good, but have similar themes and plot lines.

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  23. i try to stay away from his books. they are too sad and cheesy. as for the movies, i catch them when they are on tv. the movies usually have better endings.

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  24. I have neither read the book, nor seen the movie. To be honest, I think the story sounds interesting but I can't really take mileys transition from teenage pop princess to thespian serious.... not yet at least.

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  25. The book is good but I still like the end of the movie better than the book. Oh and I cried my eyeballs out when I saw the movie!

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  26. I've never read Nicholas Sparks, but I do love the movie "The Notebook" :) I also watched a special that featured his private school--I think I'd like to go to school there.

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  27. Kaye: The Notebook the movie was beautiful. The book broke my heart. A special about his private school? Ooooo I want to know more.

    Lea: You have me wondering ;)

    Meredith: Agreed :)

    My 5 Monkeys(Julie): Ooo I did read the Notebook. It broke my heart.

    Tina: 1. It was written for her? The screenplay or the book? 2. I was thinking the same thing!

    cait045: I love her music, I just don't know about her acting :) BTW, way cool that you watch movies with your granny :)

    Melissa: I feel ya :)

    Cleverly Inked: Really? Please tell me which end good so I can try them :)

    GMR: LOL true :)

    Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading): I did. And if memory serves me correctly, I wasn't too happy with it. I think I didn't feel they got enough time together before things went array.

    Book Butterfly (Kim): I need to see Dear John just for TC ;)

    Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write: I hate feeling heartbreak. I'm a literary wuss. ;)

    Shannon O'Donnell: Your are always a delight :)

    Jenny N.: Understandable :)

    Andrea: :)

    NotNessie @ Today's Adventure: *high five* The man hurts me. But definitely try this movie. It's not bad and it ends positively, I think :)

    I Want To Read That said: Greg K. rocked :) Girl you don't have to feel quilty for liking sad movies :)

    NAB: Exactly! And you're right, the scenes with the son and father were the best. :)

    Lisa Rusczyk: Amen girl!

    Cherry: I love your honesty. Let me know when you do.

    Cari: :)

    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog: I avoid those evil things like the plague ;)

    Aths: Good point! :)

    chelleyreads: Sounds like a good policy ;)

    Willa: I feel ya!

    Jamie: See that definitely has me thinking I won't like the book ending ;)

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  28. I read this book such a long time ago and I still have not seen the movie. I'm a fan of Mr. Sparks - and only because I enjoy a book that can make me cry and his ALWAYS do! haha. Plus I just recently met him and he was the nicest man. Now I like him doubly. :)

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  29. Nely: He seems like he would be an amazing guy. It also takes a special kind of man to write convincing romances. :)

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  30. Why oh why did they put Miley Cyrus in it anyway? Not that she's a terrible actress or anything, but there are so many other young actresses that probably would have fit the bill more. Sigh.

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  31. I haven't read The Last Song, but I really enjoyed the movie (and I am NOT a fan of Miley Cyrus). However, she didn't really bug me in this movie...everything else outweighed her I guess. LOL!

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  32. I haven't read The Last Song but I thought the movie was pretty good and I am not a big fan of Miley. And shockingly, like Ruth mentioned, she didn't bother me as much as usual in this film. Anyway, Nicholas Sparks' novels are sooo sad though! :( This one was a tear jerker.

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  33. Yeah..., I think Miley is the reason as to why I will not watch this movie. A glimpse of the preview was enough for me.

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  34. Ruth & Christina: Totally cool :)
    Maya: LOL ;) But he does have a super cool house in the movie.

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  35. I'm not a fan of Miley's either so won't see this movie but I did love The Notebook-James Garner was great. I also watched Dear John, thought it was cheeesy, but perfect guilty pleasure to watch by myself. Never have I read NS books, but they make good movies.

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  36. Hey Juju, I'm glad you enjoyed the movie! I loved the book, hated the movie--Miley had a lot to do with that. I know NS wrote the part for her and wrote the book later, but I still couldn't buy her as Ronnie. Book to movie adaptations are difficult enough without adding the acting skills (or lack thereof) of Miley Cyrus. I heard she was optioned for the part of Janie in Wake... I really, REALLY hope not.

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  37. To be honest, once I hear Miley was in it, I decided I wouldn't be seeing it. Her acting just really detracts from any movie. I enjoyed the book well enough, but I keep forgetting the plot. They all seem interchangeable after a while. That said, I'm currently within 50 pages of finishing the new one... Obviously I'm addicted. :)

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  38. Peaceful: Agreed! You can't go wrong with James Garner. I need to see Dear John. I love that sexy boy! ;)

    Jessica: Yah me neither! Oooo no! Wake? Eeek. I know there was talk of her in Wings by Aprilynne Pike. I reallllly hope she doesn't do it.

    Sandy: Ooooo tell me more about the new one :)

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  39. I thought the movie was alright....but it wasn't as good as the book, although maybe I cried the same amount of tears. The only thing that bugged me though was the difference in the movie dad and the book dad. It sort of altered the overall atmosphere. I guess that's for movie reasons. But I loooove the quotes (both in the book and movie)!! They're so touching :)

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  40. Justine: Oooo dad is different? Thanks for the tip. I didn't know that.

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  41. I do enjoy reading Sparks books, but haven't read this one nor seen the movie. I don't know if I could handle that much time listening to Miley C. This summer our book club did view Dear John. There were so many unnecessary changes from the book, I didn't care for it. The Notebook is my #1 favorite chic lit romance movie.

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  42. Kim: I feel ya :) I think my favorite #1 chic flick would be French Kiss with Meg Ryan.

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