Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

I'm a bit tentative about blogging about The Guardian simply because of how much I really didn't like it. It was greatly disappointing. After all of the hoopla surrounding Nicholas Sparks' books and movies, I don't know what I was expecting, but it was better than this. I thought the writing was plain and redundant, the plot was stale, and the story itself was overly punctilious. On top of all of that, the author kills the best written character, Singer the Great Dane. Now, I can deal with a lot in a book, but I would have liked one redeeming factor.

Julie Barenson's husband died of cancer at a very young age, as a parting gift, he left her a Great Dane puppy named Singer who quickly becomes one of her best friends, and her protector. After spending years of trying to move on, Julie finally finds herself ready to date again, unfortunately, it seems all of the good guys are taken...until she meets Richard. Richard is polite, caring, exciting and treats her like a queen. After a few dates however, Julie starts to feel that something she can't quite put her finger on is lacking, and, in the meantime, she starts to find that something in her other best friend, Mike. When she tells Richard of her feelings, jealousy takes over and Julie's life changes forever.

It's a story we've all heard before, and granted Nicholas Sparks does, at times, pull the heart strings, but overall I found it painstaking trying to finish. I really don't mean to be harsh, but it just wasn't up to par I don't think.

The Guardian

15 comments:

seana said...

I'm afraid this has always been my impression of Sparks work, but it hasn't been based on any actual reading. Thanks for taking it on.

How is your part of Texas doing with all this bad weather?

Glenna said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one.

My part is doing ok. We've had some mild tornado's and a lot of rain, but for the most part, other than it happening in August instead of October, it's not bad. South of us got some pretty severe flooding I believe though.

Sean Patrick Reardon said...
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Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Had to delete my last comment as I hit publish too soon, so..

Glenna-Thanks for saving me the agony and way to tell it like it is.

Seana- kind of related to your opinon of Sparky, I have avoided the "Lord of The Rings" like the plague. I love "Lord of The Flies" though. Now, a co-worked of mine who's tastes in movies and books are just like mine, tells me the LOTR novels /movies are awesome and I have see them. To me, LOTR gets lumped in with Harry Potter, which I have not read, but have such a pre-conceived aversion to.

So Glenna / Seana, where do you stand on LOTR. I'm thinking based on your take, my fate will be determined. HP still doesn't stand a chance.

seana said...

Sean, I'm glad you posted here, because if you had mentioned this omission over on Adrian's blog, you might have been cut off...

I have only read The Hobbit and about half of the trilogy, but I have seen all the movies. I don't know what you'll think about them of course, and I never got sucked into the Harry Potter world, but I will say that Tolkien is aimed at an older audience than the Potter books.

Okay, if you can do it without invoking his wrath, I think you should ask Mr. McKinty why you should bother reading LOTR. Once he gets past his dismay, he will probably give you a very good answer.

seana said...

Glenna, glad to hear it. Yeah, it looks like there have been a huge amount of flood rescue operations in other parts of your state. Hope the storm season continues mild for you.

Glenna said...

Sean, I haven't read LOTR simply because I thought the movies were boring and way too long. After reading Seana's response though, I may have to attempt to rectify that. As for Harry Potter, I did try that series and it nearly put me to sleep. The popularity of that series is mystifying to me.

Glenna said...

Seana, now I'm curious. If Sean doesn't ask, I just might have to....I ain't scared ;)

seana said...

By all means go ahead. I'll be curious. I will say again that it is definitely not Harry Potter. I have nothing against Rowling's books themselves, they were overhyped. And, though I know a surprising number of adult fans, they are written for kids. Which Tolkien, beyond possibly the Hobbit, is not.

Of course you could argue that it was written for geeky young teenage boys, but I'm not going to go there...

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

I'll still pass on the movies. Up extra early this AM and just watched most of a movie called "Myra Breckenridge" based on a Gore Vidal novel. The ultimate in 70's camp, but interesting in it's place in both literary & cinamatic history, if nothing else.

Glenn, I say go for it, as I'm thinking Adrian is not the type to hit a lady. I'll certainly chime in.

Glenna said...

Sean, I'll try and get it in on the next post, somehow interrupting a World Trade Center post right now seems inappropriate.

Seana, I know several adults that love the Harry Potter series, mostly adults that don't like to read or don't read very often. I wonder if that's part of the reason, they just don't know what else is out there. I've been thinking of re-reading the Twilight series again, but I don't want to find myself suddenly bored by it.

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