In the September Details magazine (pp. 208-13), a feature, “This Mild-Mannered Father of Five Is Single-Handedly Redefining the Male Ideal: The Love Song of Nicholas Sparks” by Jonathan Miles, about the author of romantic fiction, which features legions of
Everyman paragons of romance, fidelity, hunkiness, vulnerability, and soft-focus desirability that, in the books’ Hollywood adaptations, have supplied hot-and-teary leading-man roles for
many actors, among them Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Shane West, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Kevin Costner, and Richard Gere.
On p. 211, a special feature, “When Hollywood Sparks Fly: How playing one of the author’s characters became the ticket to A-list hearthrob status”, on five actors for whom a Sparks-based movie provided a career break-through: Ryan Gosling [The Notebook], Channing Tatum [Dear John], Liam Hemsworth [The Last Song], Zac Efron [The Lucky One], Josh Duhamel [Safe Haven].