You thought you were safe. You thought you’d taken every careful precaution. Fool! No one can escape the clutches of Nicholas Sparks. The author of hit romance novels, such as “The Notebook,” is currently creating three TV shows for channels TNT, ABC, and Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie versions of Sparks’ novels have been almost uniformly successful, in some cases extraordinarily so — “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Dear John,” “The Last Song.” The films have modest budgets compared to the rest of Hollywood, beefcakey male stars in the leading roles, and ooze the kind of romantic melodrama that turns theaters into one giant tear-stained Oprah couch.