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Nicholas Sparks: The Character He Couldn't Kill Off

As the author of novels like "A Walk to Remember," "The Notebook," and "The Lucky One," Nicholas Sparks knows how to tug at our heartstrings. But the writer says there was one char... More As the author of novels like "A Walk to Remember," "The Notebook," and "The Lucky One," Nicholas Sparks knows how to tug at our heartstrings. But the writer says there was one character he just couldn't bring himself to kill off. "For 'A Walk to Remember,' I knew all along that Jamie was going to pass away at the end of the book," Sparks says. "I get to the final chapter and I say, 'I can't. She's just too sweet, I can't do it.'" Instead, he left the ending ambiguous for readers to draw their own conclusions. Sparks is at it again with his latest novel, "The Longest Ride," a double love story that the author conceived in reverse. "I knew exactly how I wanted the reader to feel at the end," he says. "I said, 'Oh wow, if a book ended like that, that would be great!' You kind of work backwards." Many of Sparks's novels have been adapted for the big screen, and from writing to casting to directing, the author plays a big role. "Films are very collaborative processes,” he says. "You gotta trust your director." And while many Hollywood hunks have graced the film adaptations of Sparks's books, the writer revealed his favorite leading man. "Probably the one I clicked with the most on a personal level was Josh Duhamel," he says. "He was just terrific." To learn more about "The Longest Ride," check out this episode of "Daily Shot." Less

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