A lot of people will say his books are virtually the same and I'd agree: they are all about pretty people who are shot with a love-at-first-sight arrow by a North Carolinian cupid. Two people spend two hours or 300 pages in love with each other and don't face the obstacle challenging their true love until the third act. Despite reading the same thing over and over again, there were adaptations I looked forward to - Safe Haven, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John. Yet every time, something fell flat - either the direction, the acting, the script, or all three.
When I heard last year that The Choice was going to be Hollywood's next victim, my inner fangirl spazzed. Typically, when an adaptation is made, the casting doesn't bother me. I'm all for whoever is chosen 'cause my imagination rarely matches up to how I picture characters or a setting. As far back as I initially read The Choice, my fancasting was finite. It's the type of casting I just can't accept otherwise. So no disrespect to the actors in the film but the trailer makes me shudder. (The cinematography is all over the map. What is up with the black-helmet wigs? And, why does he get all creepy-stalkerish at 1:16?) No - just no. That is not my idea of The Choice.
The plot itself is not any different than many other of Sparks' works: a bachelor and veterinarian Travis thinks he has a pretty good life. While all of his friends are married and have families, he doesn't feel the pressure to take the next step in adulting. He's not lazy, just laid back and not in a rush to have a family of his own. A reason for Fassbender as Travis was that the onset of my crush for him started while reading this. Though he probably wouldn't touch a romantic drama that isn't a period piece with a ten-foot pole, I'd like to see him go outside of his exquisite flair for drama.
Contrary to how the film looks now, I never really imagined the movie to be as comedic as it tries to be. I saw it more as light-hearted with touch of drama - not Gone Girl, goodhearted but not fluffy or melodramatic. What I liked most about the book was using a relationship to explore how a few seconds of getting ahead of yourself or rushing around can change your whole life. I always imagined the style of the film to be a bit darker than a romantic dramedy. Just by the floundering of other adaptations, I just can't accept the reality of The Choice adaptation. Michael Fassbender is my Travis. Cobie Smulders is my Gabby. That's my choice and I'm sticking to it.