"Sweet Home Alabama" vs. "The Notebook"

Essay by CanhHoaTim16College, UndergraduateA, February 2007

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Movies have always played an alternative to books. At times similar story lines are evident as one watches an excess of movies in a particular genre. The similarity is obvious in "Sweet Home Alabama" and "The Notebook" since in both there is a seven year absence period for the couples, their choices in the types of lives they want to live are uncanny in appearance and the two girl's reasoning towards the end of the movie are the same. The differences are plenty and they include the genre of the movie itself and its effect on the differences in both, their reasons for turning back to the countryside, and what happens when they do go back.

First love never dies they say. It holds true as in both movies as there is an agonizing seven year absence period between the last meeting of the couples until they are reunited once again.

During the seven years of absence the girls have become successful in society (demonstrated in the Notebook), and in their career, illustrated in Sweet Home as Melanie rocks the charts as a fashion designer. Both their men (also during this time) took a trip to New York City. They hoped to find the loves of their lives again, yet found the cause for their misery instead. They both worked the labor of love for the chance to win back the heart of their childhood sweetheart, and the heart of their summer love.

Amid the separation both girls found comfort in the arms of another man. They were both engaged to be married to eligible bachelors with standing positions in society, bachelors whom their parents approve of, who are both rich and love them wholeheartedly. However, in the end they both still chose the simple country lifestyle...