I've never been disspointed with a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. However, Dear John has done it.
I do not understand with the scrrenplay writer has changed almost the whole story.
First the story do not start the spring of 2001, they had met before annd have been dating for a year before the 11S happens.
Secondly, Tim it's not married in the book and Alan is his brother nor his son. And at the end of the book Tim and Savannah live happily after Tim is recover from his cancer, but in the movie he dies of cancer and Svannah and John meet some months after he has died.
Third...there are only 3 letter or so in the book, and in the movie they invented more letters and also the content in them. The only one which is identical to the one in the book, is the Dear John letter. A Dear John letter is the one you receive when ur partner tells you he/she does not want to continue the relationship. It's a break up kind of letter.
Even the story of Svannah is different from the book. She is in Charleston during the summmer only to build a house for people who need it. However in the movie, she lives in Charleston and also build a house for people.
I can understand that the producers wants people to go and see he movie, so they make the story more romantic than inn the book. However, the book is as romantic as the movie but in a different way.
I hate when they change the secuence of events in the story and make it their way, with a Hollywood ending (I though the era of changing endings had ended, but I was wrong)
If u haven't read the book ur gonna love the movie I promise...if u have read the book u r gonna love it to but u will feel a bit dissapointed.