20 Things You NEVER Knew About ‘The Notebook.’

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It’s been 12 years since the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook first came out, but many of us remember seeing it in theaters like it was yesterday. I was a young teen then, and snagged passes to a preview screening, which felt like winning the lottery at the time.


The leads Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, who later struck up a real-life romance, have since parted ways. Although Gosling is now rated among Hollywood’s most attractive, his earlier years were marked by his ability to fit into more alternative roles. McAdams had some exposure, but not much. The film could have been a flop, but these two dark horses under the direction of Nick Cassavetes added a refreshing take on a predictable romance between a rich girl and poor boy.


With Valentine’s Day coming up, we recommend watching or re-watching the film. To get you in the mood, we've put together a list of fun facts! Ah, to be young and in love.


#1. The Notebook was actually the third book Nicholas Sparks wrote and his first to get published as a single author (he had co-written another with Billy Mills). Literary agent Theresa Park found his novel in a slush pile. As a result, Sparks received a million dollar advance and when the book came out in October 1996, it hit the New York Times Best Seller list in its first week.

#1. The Notebook was actually the third book Nicholas Sparks wrote and his first to get published as a single author (he had co-written another with Billy Mills). Literary agent Theresa Park found his novel in a slush pile. As a result, Sparks received a million dollar advance and when the book came out in October 1996, it hit the New York Times Best Seller list in its first week.




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