Talk:Nicholas Sparks

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Sister[edit]

I changed the dates for his sister Danielle. It said she was deceased, then listed her dates as 1943-present, which doesn't really work out. --— Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.11.240.45 (talk) 19:26, January 6, 2007

Disambiguation[edit]

The previous name was, ridiculously, DAN BROWN, possibly vandalised? i changed it back to People with the same name as nicholas sparks --— Preceding unsigned comment added by 218.186.9.1 (talk) 23:48, March 5, 2007

Trivia & Wikipedia standards[edit]

I removed The Maine emo-rock band Sparks the Rescue used the name of his book The Rescue and Nicholas's last name to make the band's name.[1] considering it has nothing to do with his writing, which is the section it was listed under. This is trivia. If anyone feels so inclined to find more of it, by all means, make a heading and go for it. Until then, it shall remain here in wait. I did, however, find a reference for it... just in case.

Past that, there is too much unreferenced information in this article. And too much of that unreferenced information goes against the first of Wikipedia's Five Pillars, which states "Wikipedia is not the place to insert personal opinions, experiences, or arguments". If you can't cite a reliable source, it doesn't belong in the article. --LaraLoveTalk/Contribs 04:55, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

External links[edit]

I reverted the edit that restored the external links, after reviewing each link. I did not watch the video at writetv.okstate.edu, so if someone would care to view it and report whether it enhances the article, please do so. The other links that I removed are definitely not useful by my reading of WP:EL. One is a brief guide to one story, and starts with a "click here to buy" link which is a bad sign. The others seemed to have no useful content, although I again did not play the media at the thinktalk link which was added by a WP:SPA and should be discussed here. Johnuniq (talk) 02:00, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Actually, no. You deleted only 2 links. Always good to look at the content before over-riding an edit conflict. They were both interviews... and I was adding a {{external links|date=June 2009|These 2 links need to be either killed or brought into compliance with [[wp:EL]]}} to allow interested editors a chance to bring them into compliance. But, as I said, I won't restore again... and that content is now lost, as you did not copy the links you were killing here, though you did not check them.- sinneed (talk) 02:07, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
Retrieving for possible future editors with more time, the removed media links:

- sinneed (talk) 02:13, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Unfortunately I clicked "save" on this talk page five seconds before clicking "save" on the article; it was then that I discovered the edit conflict. I therefore manually removed what you had not. The links are freely available in the history. I know that it's brutal but there are many thousands of web sites who desperately want links from Wikipedia. Without tough measures, WP would soon turn into a link farm. Watching activity on WT:WikiProject Spam will confirm that many single purpose accounts add lots of links, and only stop when they realize that their work is reverted.
I'm sorry to interfere with your editing and I respect what you are doing. However would you please remove your above thinktalk link or indicate here that you have read the report and understand that five different editors have been doing almost nothing but adding links to that site, and you still want to put the link here. Johnuniq (talk) 02:19, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
You are so quick! I followed your very kindly provided link, and then left you a thank you note at your talk page, before returning here to kill the link.- sinneed (talk) 02:27, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Dubious of category "Roman Catholic writers"[edit]

An anon just added "Category:Roman Catholic writers" - Really? I don't see that in the article and had some impression he no longer considered himself Catholic. I am not removing it as I simply don't know but... dubious.- sinneed (talk) 18:45, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

I have always seen him listed as being Catholic. I don't follow his writing closely, I only just looked him up because I watched a movie based on one of his books and wanted to find something out about him, but I have often seen him mentioned as a Catholic author in Catholic publications. Here's a link to a recent interview I just found by google searching that implies that he is still Catholic (although he himself does not directly state it, the interviewer does in her introduction and he talks about "his faith" and about giving to money to the University of Notre Dame. --D.E. Aurelius (talk) 08:38, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

The author is a very religious Roman Catholic. I am editing this article to reflect his views and the affect his faith has on his writing. I will also be adding back the Roman Catholic categories. Note: I will be adding more quotes this weekend regarding the author's faith and the influence it has on his writing. CreativeSoul7981 (talk) 04:16, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Genre-Christianity?[edit]

what genre of books is Christianity?Veritas Omnia Vincit (talk) 13:54, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

See Christian novel and Christian literature. Though neither of the articles are well sourced, they do contain definitions. Hope it helps. Liquidluck (talk) 21:31, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Judging by the movies I see a lot of premarital fornication going on in his stories. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 176.2.92.7 (talk) 20:56, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Personal info on wife and minor children[edit]

When this information is covered in generally wp:reliable sources, it may be appropriate to include under wp:BLP. Until then it seems inappropriate. Unless there is wp:consensus here, I expect to continue to remove the names of the wife and children unless sourced appropriately.- Sinneed 21:21, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

Links in introduction[edit]

Currently, the titles of his novels that have been made into films all link to the film, rather than his novels... In my opinion, it would be more fitting if they linked to his novels rather than the films of the same name. Anyone else have an opinion on this? If no one does, I'll reroute the links to the novels in a few days. --Canned Soul (talk) 01:59, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

Actually, I am now changing the links. I'll leave these posts as a notice for what I've changed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Canned Soul (talkcontribs) 02:34, 27 March 2010 (UTC)
Some novels/books linked to wrong page. I changed them. Some now point to an empty page, which is correct, because for some books there is no page yet. 83.78.69.4 (talk) 19:34, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Cormac McCarthy[edit]

Should his comments in USA Today on his being a better writer than Cormac McCarthy be listed here? They're all the rage on the internet now. He also discusses his place in literature and compares his work to the Greek tragedies. Aaron Bowen (talk) 14:23, 3 April 2010 (UTC)

wp:NOTNEWS, wp:UNDUE, and wp:trivia all seem to apply, so no, IMO. But I am not throwing it out, someone else can do it. :)- Sinneed 22:02, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
Having just placed the UNDUE tag in the article before reading the talk page, I will also state that I dont think its worthy, particularly of being called out by a separete section. Active Banana (talk) 22:11, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
It was much worse before.- Sinneed 22:54, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
Dropped the section head. No explanation of why this is not covered by wp:NOTNEWS, wp:TRIVIA. Probably drop the whole bit soon unless someone objects that it belongs.- Sinneed 20:32, 12 May 2010 (UTC)
No objection, dropped.- Sinneed 15:22, 27 May 2010 (UTC)

dont you want to make a new type of storyline?? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 218.208.114.24 (talk) 08:34, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Image[edit]

Does anyone know why the Nicholas Sparks image was removed? I did not add the image, but I was wondering if it violated any copyrights? CreativeSoul7981 (talk) 17:42, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

gross WP:PROMOTION violations[edit]

I see this article as being half Wikipedia Notable (wrote some books which were made into films). But about half the article falls into the bad areas of Wikipedia:BLPSOURCES and Wikipedia:BLPSPS.

As I suspect the subject of the article watches this page closely, I'm giving some notice before eviscerating the page to not recapitulate his personal promotional website because:

"However, do remember that the standards for encyclopedic articles apply to such pages just like any other. This includes the requirement to maintain a neutral point of view, which is difficult when writing about yourself or about projects close to you. Creating overly abundant links and references to autobiographical sources is unacceptable." wp:soap

Full disclosure: I'd not heard of the subject of the article and have no impression of him or his works. I did read a reference and came here to see what was known. As a reader, I had to wade through far too much irrelevancies to get to the concise information that I've come to rely on Wikipedia for.

Fydfyd (talk) 16:54, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Pirates?[edit]

The lead says that one of the themes of his books is pirates. Which one of the books is about pirates because none of the pages for any of his books mentions anything about pirates. 108.54.255.224 (talk) 20:29, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

films, and changes[edit]

All the article mentions about his films, is that it lists them. More then once. It doesn't give any sense of how well the films are received, how well they do at the box-office, the most popular film, the one that did best at the box office, the one that won the most awards---nothing. There is just a list. Which not only isn't enough, but implies a picture that may not be true. There's no context, so with the information that is there, it implies that this author writes books that turn into movies well and are clearly a success because a lot of them are being made. And the reader has no idea if that's true or not, and the article doesn't outright say it, but it implies it strongly.

In fact, Nicholas Spark's films have all pretty negatively reviewed and in most, if not all cases, the plot and characters are a major part of that. Often they are reviewed worse than the performances. We're talking about an author who has a track record of having books made into movies that are not well reviewed; that has a pattern of reviews that say "even great performances/even great actors couldn't save this plot/these characters". That might be something important to at least note on an article about an author. Maybe also something about how the movies tend to perform at the box office. A list isn't enough, and there is a lot more information that could be included in this article. Also, the complete list of books adapted to film cannot be in the article twice. "Seven have been adapted to film, including...." That sentence should not have had all seven films in that list. Including doesn't mean ALL, it means, here are a few examples. Besides, it sorta makes the section where the books that have been adapted to films are listed irrelevant. I cut the list down, so it now reads:

"Seven have been adapted to film, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, and most recently The Lucky One."

I'd always keep the most recent film adaptation at the end of that list. If people want to debate which others should be listed and how many, go for it. Also, there was a film adaption listed that didn't exist, so I nixed that in the list section. And I added cite tags to the films which haven't been made yet. They at least need a citation, and probably don't belong on the list at all. Just because a book's been optioned doesn't really mean that it belongs in a list of films. 76.90.3.181 (talk) 07:56, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Shout-Out Removed[edit]

Removed the following: "He is thankful to Theresa Park from Sanford Greenburger Associates and Jamie Raab from Warner Books for helping him along." Author's acknowledgments belong in books, not on Wikipedia.Ctnelsen (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 01:58, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

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