Honestly, I'm not a fan. I can totally understand HIS fans...why people like and read his books...but I really, really hate his attitude about himself as a writer.
I read an interview with him once:
SheKnows: First of all, the fifteenth novel! Can you believe it's been 15?
Nicholas Sparks: No. I mean I remember after writing The Notebook, they said you gotta write another one. I said, "That's it! That's the only idea I had!" I only had one. It still pretty much feels like that after every novel -- "That's all I have. That's all I got, washed up after this! On to retirement!"
And I feel like that was accurate. He only had one - Boy meets girl, obstacle is overcome for love, huge random tragedy, everyone cries...usually mixing up one of only a few plot elements (cancer, war, letters that are never read, and reconciling with parents). And he just keeps tweaking those same elements and making new stories. Which is fine, lots of people like them. Not every idea has to be new and original to be enjoyable! What's more, even if I had all the basic elements, I wouldn't be able to write as well and descriptively as he does to be as popular, so kudos to him, I guess.
What bothers me is that he seems to think he is God's gift to writing. Most recently, in interviews, he has berated Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Ernest Hemingway for writing the same story over and over again. He described that as:
Romances are all essentially the same story: You've got a woman, she's down on her luck, she meets the handsome stranger who falls desperately in love with her, but he's got these quirks, she must change him, and they have their conflicts, and then they end up happily ever after."
First off, I disagree with that (yep, Romeo and Juliet definitely ended up happily ever after!). But second, replace "he has quirks, she must change him" with "Something is keeping them apart" and "they end up happily ever after" with "somebody dies", and HE writes all the same books.
His arrogance really turned me off from wanting to read his books, ever.