Nicholas Sparks is a genius. Just ask him.
Sparks says: "I'm going to interrupt you there. There's a difference between drama and melodrama; evoking genuine emotion, or manipulating emotion. It's a very fine eye-of-the-needle to thread. And it's very rare that it works. That's why I tend to dominate this particular genre. There is this fine line. And I do not verge into melodrama. It's all drama. I try to generate authentic emotional power."
So noted, Mr. Sparks. Melodrama is different than actual drama. Sort of like literature is different than oh say... a Nicholas Sparks novel. Oh wait, no no... I'm wrong.
I'm glad he set the record straight. He's writing literature in the style of Sophocles. Not like that bastard hack Cormac McCarthy:
Nicholas Sparks. A man alone in his field:
Cormac McCarthy? "Horrible," he says, looking at Blood Meridian. "This is probably the most pulpy, overwrought, melodramatic cowboy vs. Indians story ever written."
So there you have it folks. Nicholas Sparks is awesome. Cormac McCarthy is a pussyboy. And the rest of you can suck it.
Asked what he likes in his own genre, Sparks replies: "There are no authors in my genre. No one is doing what I do."