Is The Choice based on a book?

Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker star in the romantic drama The optional, now streaming on Netflix. It tells the love story of a charming veterinarian and a vivacious medical student. But their decade-long love affair is finally tested when their lives take an unexpected turn.

Ross Katz, who is known as a director of films Take the chance And adult beginners, directs the romance from a screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Sipe is best known for writing the screenplay for the comedy-drama film demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal.

In addition to Walker and Palmer, the cast includes Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Tom Wilkinson, and many other talented actors. The film hit theaters in February 2016 and now Netflix subscribers finally have a chance to watch it.

Since so many films are adapted from other works, you may be wondering if The optional is also an adaptation. No problem! We shared below whether the love drama is a film adaptation.

Is The Choice based on a book?

Yes, The optional is a film adaptation. It’s based on the 2007 book of the same name by bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. It’s just one of Sparks New York Times best selling books. His other novels include TThe notebook, The wedding, message in a bottle, The last song, Dear John, An unforgettable walk, Nights in Rodanthe, The lucky guy, Safe haven, The best of me, The Longest Ride etc.

Eleven of his books have been made into films, including The optional. You can buy the book here Amazon as paperback, hardcover or e-book at different prices.

Here is the book synopsis of Nicholas Sparks’ official site:

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small town North Carolina. He’s wholeheartedly striving for the good life — boating, swimming, and regular BBQs with his good-natured buddies — and is vaguely committed to the vague belief that a serious relationship with a woman would only limit his style. Until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the likeable redhead seems to have a soft spot for him… and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Against his will, Travis can’t stop ingratiating himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the brink of a journey neither of them could have foreseen. Ultimately, about the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice asks us the most heartbreaking question of all: How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

Take a look at the official trailer for a taste!

Watch the characters of Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker fall in love The optionalstream now on Netflix.

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Sarah Ridley is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Sarah Ridley joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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