Dear John

The last two times I was at the movie theater in the last five days (can’t remember what I saw…wink/wink), there was a trailer for the movie Dear John.  It’s based on the book by Nicholas Sparks.  It looks like it has potential.

So I bought the book and finished it in two days.

It made me wonder…have you ever read a book to prepare yourself for the movie?  Or seen a trailer and then went out to buy the book to see what the hype was all about?  Is so, let me know in the comment section.  I’m a sucker for a book being turned into a movie.

And check out the Dear John trailer below and let me know if you think it’s going to be major cheese or just enough romantic comedy.  Although nothing can ever touch The Notebook in my opinion.  Noah and Allie forever!

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November 27, 2009 9:42 pm

Oh Lincee, his books give me that sore throat thing from trying not to cry. And I don’t think I EVER cried so much as when I saw The Notebook (my Dad has dementia). And yet I keep reading and keep watching. And besides… Channing Tatum. Nuff said.

November 27, 2009 10:21 pm

I read Dear John years ago when the book first came out. I’m always excited when a book I have read becomes a movie. I don’t really think this is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books, but I’ll go and see the movie anyway. And yes, I enjoy reading a book before the movie comes out or in the case of a certain vampire series, reading a book for the umpteenth time before I see the movie 😉

November 27, 2009 11:39 pm

I bought The Time Traveler’s Wife when the previews for the movie came out (hello Eric Bana) and read it before the movie. Didn’t like the book at all, this was one of the few times the movie was so much better than the book.

November 28, 2009 12:39 am

Lincee, I am a huge fan of Nicolas Sparks books (except for Nights in Rodanthe, hated that one. Didn’t bother with the movie version). I saw Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook before reading the books. It was from this that I adopted my new rule. Except for in cases when it can’t be helped (such as you read the book years ago and then they decided to make a movie), I never read the book before watching the movie. Why? Because 99% of the time the book is better. If you read the book and then watch the movie you will point out all the things that they missed or things they should have done better, or wondered why they changed certain points. BUT, if you watch the movie and then read the book, you can watch the movie, fall in love with the story and then read the book and discover an even better story. I have yet to be disappointed using this method (though now I’ve been warned about the Time Traveler’s Wife).
For all the Nicolas Sparks lovers out there, know that he has 3-4 movies in the works from most of his recent books.

November 28, 2009 1:02 am

i love your grandmother.

November 28, 2009 1:06 am

oh and…was the book worth it? need a good read for my mexico trip i’m taking wednesday…worth it??? 🙂 also, it should be noted that i saw jeremy from the bachelor at the dallas turkey trot on thursday. did a triple take at him just KNOWING i knew him from somewhere, but couldn’t figure it out…10 minutes later, it occurred to me who he was…damn….he’s SMOKING hot in person…just saying. 🙂

November 28, 2009 12:10 pm

Yes… I have read the book to prepare for the movie. The most recent was “My Sister’s Keeper”. I always wished I read “White Oleander” before seeing the movie… have heard the book is really good but still have not read it. Can’t wait to see “Dear John”… love Amanda Seyfried! Channing Tatum… yummy! I will definitely need to bring a box of tissues with me! Just like Ruthie cried more than ever when I saw the Notebook for the first time, still do! Thanks Lincee!

November 28, 2009 2:48 pm

Kind of dreading watching the movie… Loved the book, love the actors, but feel like it’s going to be cheesey. Um, that being said, I live 4 hours from Charleston and I’m going to see if I can go to the premiere.

Has anyone seen the previews for “letters to juliet”? Yeah…the preview alone made me tear up/squeal!

November 28, 2009 5:35 pm

I just a week ago got Twilight to read…read it in 2 days, watched the movie, got New Moon, read it in 2 days, saw the movie, read Eclipse in 2 days, and am now waiting to start Breaking Dawn! I am a late starter but equally obsessed!!! :0)

November 28, 2009 6:59 pm

Oh, this movie trailer looks like something I would TOTALLY enjoy (in a tear-jerker kind of way!). I like Nicholas Sparks books, and did read The Notebook before seeing it on screen. . .typically, I try not to do that too close together, as I don’t like to compare the two, but enjoy each on their own merit.

November 29, 2009 9:15 am

Channing Tatum! Yum!
Also, I really liked the book “Dear John” and as far as Nicholas Sparks’ books/movies go, my fave is “A Walk to Remember”

November 29, 2009 11:14 am

I try to read books right after I watch the movie. I was let down by Memoirs of a Geisha and Twilight this way. Almost every time i’ve read the book first, i’ve been disappointed with the movie, but I always enjoy the book after watching the movie. Except for Pride and Prejudice– you could read/watch that in any order. Atonement is a good example of this– I would have never read the book if it weren’t for the movie, and it’s one of my favorites.

I am actually not as much a fan of Nicholas Spark’s books as much as the movies they make out of them–ie the Notebook movie– I liked it much much better.

I have to say, the book Dear John brought me to tears and it is one of my favorite Sparks books because it’s not your typical love story with a boxed up ending.

Plus, let’s talk about how hot Channing Tatum is. Maybe I’m the only one, but I absolutely love him and his down home country boy good looks. 🙂 I put up with GI Joe just for him… so I can’t WAIT for this movie. 🙂

November 29, 2009 2:19 pm

Looks like it’s definitely worth the book and the movie!

November 29, 2009 6:54 pm

The book ‘White Oleander’ if FANTASTIC.
The movie isn’t nearly as good, but the book is a must read.

And of course, The Princess Bride. Fantastic book and movie, both.

November 29, 2009 6:55 pm

The book ‘White Oleander’ “is” fantastic, sorry.

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