Hollywood.com spoke with sappy romance novelist Nicholas Sparks this week, before the release of the film version of his latest saccharine stomach-turner, Safe Haven.
It’s a story we’ve all heard before—a white heterosexual woman finds love, and an emotional roller coaster ensues. So when will the author of modern classics like Dear John, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook branch out and try something new?
Something gay, perhaps?
Not anytime soon, he says. File this one under “Valentine’s Day bummer.”
Sparks says that although he’s “considered” writing a same-sex love story in the past, it’s “not exactly in my genre.” He’s given up on the idea as a novel completely, though he adds “that would probably be more likely something that’s explored in a different medium, maybe through television…With the novels, I try to give the people what they expect, and then move out into different areas.”
Wow, this guy’s like the Emily Brontë of cookie-cutter chick lit.
But you know who did write a novel that included a gay storyline? JK Rowling. The author of the Harry Potter series published an award-winning adult novel last year that featured a gay subplot, and later pushed Harry’s beloved Albus Dumbledore out of the closet toward the end of the series.
Maybe it’s time someone set up a meeting between Sparks and Rowling? We wouldn’t mind a sappy romance novel that featured a gay dude with magical powers.