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[on adapting Nicholas Sparks
' novel for The Notebook
(2004)] The biggest challenge is to make it real, not to make it saccharine. There's a sleight of hand while you're pulling the audience's strings not to let them know, so they don't feel like you're pulling their strings. It's a very difficult thing to do and it's a very delicate line between it, to make sure that it's real. You still get them...
In April 2006, at Monaco's annual Cinema and Literature International Forum, Prince Albert of Monaco
awarded Leven the Prix du Meilleur Scénariste d'Adaptations Littéraires (Best Screenwriter) Award.