Just Who is “The Lucky One?”

Taylor Schilling and Zac Efron in "The Lucky One" (Warner Bros)
Taylor Schilling and Zac Efron in "The Lucky One" (Warner Bros)

A scene any where in America:A couple arrives home from Walmart, count off “1-2-3!” and anxiously rip open their “Once in a lifetime sale of a discounted Thomas Kinkade original (?) “sunlight” print!” They proudly hang it in their living room and, in preparation for its Friday film opening, re-read romance novel hack Nicholas Sparks’ “The Lucky One.”

This scene would be once considered too over the top for a John Waters’ film; but is now an ingrained part of the American lifestyle.
Why is this happening?
Has years of a daily diet of corn syrup and endlessly processed food made their hunger for art match what they devour: heavy on the syrup and light on substance? Or, maybe America’s enemies are secretly putting up the money to get these movies made and books published. They figure that if the majority of Americans constantly sees or reads schmaltz, the dumber they’ll get. And, once most of America is zombie-dumb, the easier it will be to attack us.
After all, there are disturbing similarities between the late Osama Bin Laden, Kim Jong-il and Hollywood big-wigs:
They all live in gated communities.
Their ill-gained fame attracts young women to fawn over them.
They’re surrounded by “yes men.”
They all want to take Americans’ souls.
They look at the bottom line—which is self-preservation in their community; be it Hollywood, Pakistan or North Korea!

Yes, they’re all are (and were) loony, but none of them match the lunacy of Mr. Sparks; who noted that because his books share shelves with Ernest Hemingway’s books, that he is as top shelf as Mr. Hemingway.  He noted in USA Today that: “‘A Farewell to Arms’ by Hemingway is good stuff. That’s what I write.”  He further stated that his romance books are not in the romance section, but in the fiction section.  No word yet if a representative from Mr. Hemingway’s estate has stated, “Yes, Mr. Sparks is correct.  He belongs in the fiction section.  More accurately, the fairy tale section.”

CLICK HERE for the official “THE LUCKY ONE” website.

CLICK HERE for the USA TODAY story.

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