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I watched Nights in Rodanthe without reading Nicholas Sparks’ book first. Friends told me that the book is a typical Sparks novel where two troubled individuals found solace in each other’s company. But unlike The Notebook and A Walk to Remember, Adrienne (Diane Lane) and Doc Paul (Richard Gere) of Nights in Rodanthe, love came in late (but not that late).

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I heard good things about the book but bad things with regards to the movie. They say that the book is much better than the movie. Without any knowledge as to what was cut to make the 97 minute movie, I found Nights in Rodanthe to be a bearable romantic movie. Yes it was predictable. It’s not a Nicholas Sparks project if the story isn’t tragic.

Nights in Rodanthe was direct to the point without giving enough time for character development. One scene we have two strangers who don’t give a damn about each other and a few minutes later they are already in the middle of a love affair. One thing led to another and then we see Adrienne is waiting for Paul to go back from Ecuador, where his son was leading a medical mission.

Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane): When Jack left me, it wasn’t just our marriage ending. It was the loss of all the hopes that I’d had for the future. I tried to move on, but the world didn’t seem that interested in me anymore. Then you came along, and helped me believe in myself again.

If you like monologues like the one above, then watch Nights in Rodanthe. If you like the previous adaptations of Nicholas Sparks’ books then watch this one as well. It’s a love story for old folk, just like The Bridges of Madison County. If you saw Unfaithful and think that this movie is like that one, skip this one.

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