10 Reasons We Love Nicholas Sparks

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Why we keep coming back to the over-the-top romantic stylings of Nicholas Sparks' oeuvre.

4. He's ambitious, and no stranger to good, old-fashioned elbow grease. After being initially rejected by both the publishing industry and law school post-college, Sparks tried his hand at a number of alternate careers, including real estate appraisal, waiting tables, telesales, and entrepreneurship. Translation: this ridiculously wealthy, wildly successful novelist is just like us! (Though we've still held more jobs than he has.) How To Be A Workaholic And Have A Relationship

3. He could probably kick our butts. So much for the stereotypical writer, the one who hides behind his computer screen as his legs atrophy (or is that just us?). An avid runner, Sparks made his way to Notre Dame with a full track and field scholarship, and still exercises 90 minutes every day. He also has a black belt in tae kwon do. Muscles and a penchant for romance? We're sorry we ever doubted you. How To Get Him To Work Out

2. He's written 15 New York Times' bestsellers. Talk about prolific. Sparks began writing novels as a freshman in college. While his first two novels remain unpublished, the 15 that followed didn't do half bad. The Notebook, published in 1996, made it onto the bestseller list within a week of publication, and the next 14 did similarly well. In addition to the six already-existing film adaptations of his work—including Message in a Bottle and Nights in Rodanthe—he's also sold the screenplay adaptations for True Believer and At First Sight. What's next?

1. He's sexy. People magazine named him the "Sexiest Author Alive" in 2000. Those brown eyes, buff body and blindingly white smile make us…well…Let's just say Cathy's a lucky lady.

Nicholas Sparks' latest book-turned-film is Dear John, in theaters Thursday, February 5.