Not to hate on the great state of North Carolina, but it might be time to conquer some new territory, Mr. Sparks. With five of the author's seven movie adaptations taking place in the Tar Heel State (it'd six were it not for The Last Song's last-minute switch over to Georgia), Sparks is clearly a firm believer in the old adage that you should write about what you know.

But what about us Northerners? Are we so incapable of love? We've got beaches too, you know. The guy's literary inclinations are slong overdue for some big city hustles.