Sabrina Petrafesa ’18 / Emertainment Monthly TV Staff Writer
It’s going to be “really, really hard” to watch the CW’s adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s The Notebook. The CW will be creating a television adaptation of the book, which came out in 1996. Fans fell in love with Noah and Allie’s story, portrayed by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAddams in the film adaptation that came out in 2004. Seriously, what girl hasn’t wanted to hear the words “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird” come out of the mouth of their significant other?
The CW’s most successful content is based off of novels or comic books like The Vampire Diaries, The 100, iZombie, Arrow and The Flash; it only makes sense that the network would want to create a television show based off of one of the most popularized love stories since 2004. As of right now the summary is:
“This series will follow the romantic journey of the two beloved central characters Noah and Allie, at the outset of their blossoming relationship as they build their lives and their future together against the backdrop of the racial politics, economic inequities, and social mores of post-World War II of the late 1940s in North Carolina.”
So they’re not straying far from the original content, which leads to a bigger problem with content.
Although surely some are squealing in excitement that Noah and Allie’s love story will be revived on the small screen, it doesn’t really make sense. The book is roughly two-hundred fifty pages long, and it is a standalone book, so generating content for anywhere between thirteen and twenty-three episodes for multiple seasons—as is the norm for the CW—is going to be incredibly difficult. It will require creating extra content and making up things that could very well anger the fans who love both the book and film. The length and content of the book made it perfect for a film adaptation, but maybe not so perfect for television. It’s rumored that the television show won’t even include the couple’s older counterparts who made the whole story what it is: a heartbreakingly beautiful tale.
All that’s known so far is that the new series is set to come out in 2016 with no word on how long seasons will be or how it will be set up. Until we know more, all there is to do is “sit quietly and watch the world around us” while waiting for more information on the impending CW show.