What Makes a Nicholas Sparks Book Box Office Gold?

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Nicholas Sparks knows a thing or two about turning a novel into a box office hit! 10 of his books have hit it huge on the big screen and one more is in the works.

The Longest Ride, starring a seemingly perpetually shirtless Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson is hitting theaters now and The Choice starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer is currently in production. You know what that means: These love stories aren’t going away any time soon!

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Just what is it about Nicholas Sparks stories that make them “spark” with audiences?

Well first, you have to hire an incredibly hunky leading man who looks good shirtless! From Zac Efron in The Lucky One to Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, these films are your one-stop-shop for handsome man-candy.

And then, of course, you have to cast a beautiful love interest. Case in point: Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling in The Lucky One and Amanda Seyfried in Dear John.

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Combine those two good looking leads with a show-stopping kiss (in the rain if possible!) and an incredibly romantic storyline to match and it seems you’ve cracked the code for box office gold!

But how does Sparks feel about his stories coming to life? Check out this video to hear his answer for yourself!

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