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* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Averted in the film. The adaptation stands out as one of, if not the only, Nicholas Sparks film to feature any sort realistic speech patterns. There's a lot of stammering, repetition of words, talking over each other, and natural delivery. This is notably different from the book, which is a pretty standard Sparks novel.

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* TheBabyTrap: While driving to find Katie/Erin, Kevin muses that she wouldn't have been able to run away if they had had a child and vows that they'll have one as soon as they reconcile, no doubt to ensure that she can't escape again.


The book was [[FilmOfTheBook adapted to film]] in 2013, directed by Creator/LasseHallstrom and starring Julianne Hough and Creator/JoshDuhamel.

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The book was [[FilmOfTheBook adapted to film]] in 2013, directed by Creator/LasseHallstrom and starring Julianne Hough Creator/JulianneHough and Creator/JoshDuhamel.


* AdaptationDyeJob: Katie/Erin starts out as blonde in the book and dyes her hair brown, but starts out reddish/brown and dyes it blonde in the movie.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Katie/Erin starts out as blonde in the book and dyes her hair brown, but in the movie, it is backwards: she starts out reddish/brown and dyes it blonde in the movie.blonde.


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''Safe Haven'' is a 2010 novel by Creator/NicholasSparks about a young woman named Katie who escapes her abusive ex-husband, Kevin, and relocates to a small North Carolina town, where she falls for Alex, a widowed father with two children. Trouble ensues as Kevin finds her there and plans on killing the two new lovebirds.

The book was made into a movie in 2013, directed by Creator/LasseHallstrom and starring Julianne Hough and Creator/JoshDuhamel.

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[[caption-width-right:350:You know it when you find it.]]
''Safe Haven'' is a 2010 Romance novel by Creator/NicholasSparks about Creator/NicholasSparks. It tells the story of a young woman named Katie woman, Katie, who escapes her abusive ex-husband, Kevin, and relocates to a small North Carolina town, where town. Following her relocation, she falls begins to fall for Alex, a widowed father with two children. Trouble ensues as Kevin finds her there and plans on killing the two new lovebirds.

The book was made into a movie [[FilmOfTheBook adapted to film]] in 2013, directed by Creator/LasseHallstrom and starring Julianne Hough and Creator/JoshDuhamel.

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* AgeLift: Alex has gray hair in the novel, indicating that he's in his 40's or even 50's (although he could also be OlderThanTheyLook). In the movie, he's played by then-30-something Creator/JoshDuhamel.

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* RelationshipUpgrade: A slight case. Katie/Erin and Alex sleep together in the movie, but not the book--she never feels ready, and isn't comfortable technically committing adultery, as she's still legally married to Kevin.


The book was made into a movie in 2013, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.

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The book was made into a movie in 2013, directed by Lasse Hallstrom Creator/LasseHallstrom and starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.
Creator/JoshDuhamel.


** In the book, Erin/Katie spends months, planning her escape from Kevin, making sure to consider every factor--money, location, time, etc., then spends several weeks on the run before settling in Southport. This is eliminated in the movie, where she flees from him impulsively following yet another argument and immediately heads to Southport.

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** In the book, Erin/Katie spends months, months planning her escape from Kevin, making sure to consider every factor--money, location, time, etc., then spends several weeks on the run before settling in Southport. This is eliminated in the movie, where she flees from him impulsively following yet another argument and immediately heads to Southport.

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* TitleDrop: Slightly. Throughout the book, several references are made to Katie/Erin's need to feel "safe", and in the movie, she calls her neighbor to let her know "I've ended up somewhere safe."


* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Kevin, throughout his portions of the novel--he insists to himself that he's been a good husband to Erin/Katie because he's given her everything she wanted--a house, furniture, etc., conveniently overlooking that he hit her on a regular basis for any little thing. Then, while driving to North Carolina to get her, Kevin rambles about how once they're back together, they'll have a baby, he'll go back to work, and they'll be a happy, beautiful family. Never mind that he's sure to be arrested or at the very least fired for professional misconduct (telling the mother of a murder victim to shove the killer down a flight of stairs), that Katie/Erin left him because of his constant abuse, and that he's planning to achieve their reunion by ''tying her up and putting her in the trunk of his car''. Not only that, his delusions of a happy reunion are interspersed with simultaneous thoughts of ''killing her''.



* DyeOrDie: Erin knows that to escape Kevin, she must look as unrecognizable as possible. Thus, she chops off her long hair and dyes it brown. (Blonde in the movie).

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* DyeOrDie: Erin knows that to escape Kevin, she must look as unrecognizable as possible. Thus, she chops off her long hair and dyes it brown. (Blonde brown (blonde in the movie).movie).
* EmpathicEnvironment: In the book, the stifling and intense heat coincides with Kevin's murderous demeanor as he stalks Katie/Erin through the carnival.



* ProperlyParanoid: Erin/Katie frequently moves and switches jobs while in Philadelphia. The book even makes note about how this keeps her vigilant about her safety and it pays off when she spots an unfamiliar car on the street. Without any justification, she instantly--and correctly--suspects that it's Kevin lying in wait for her.

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* ProperlyParanoid: From the moment she arrives in Philadelphia, Erin/Katie is certain that it's only a matter of time before Kevin figures out where she's gone and comes to find her. To that end, she frequently moves and switches jobs while in Philadelphia. jobs. The book even makes note about how this keeps her vigilant about her safety and it pays off when she spots an unfamiliar car on the street. Without any justification, she instantly--and correctly--suspects that it's Kevin lying in wait for her.



* SecondLove: Katie/Erin to Alex. She's the first woman he's seriously considered dating after the death of his wife.

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* SecondLove: Katie/Erin to Alex. She's the first woman he's seriously considered dating after the death of his wife. He is arguably this to her as well.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: Mrs. Feldman dies in the book, but not the movie.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Mrs. Feldman dies in the book, but not the movie. Conversely, her husband is very frail in the movie while having no health problems in the novel.



** In the book, the Feldman's daughter, who tells Kevin about Erin/Katie's friendship with her parents.

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** In the book, the Feldman's daughter, who tells Kevin about Erin/Katie's friendship with her parents.parents and how much she resembled her late sister. Kevin promptly breaks into their house, finds the girl's personal information, and uses it to track her down.


* DyeOrDie: Erin knows that to escape Kevin, she must look as unrecognizable as possible. Thus, she chops off her long hair and dyes it brown.

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* DyeOrDie: Erin knows that to escape Kevin, she must look as unrecognizable as possible. Thus, she chops off her long hair and dyes it brown. (Blonde in the movie).



* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The house]] is set on fire with gasoline from the jerry can.

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The house]] is set A crazed Kevin [[spoiler: sets the store/house on fire with gasoline from the jerry can.can]].



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Alex [[spoiler: tells Erin/Katie to leave town and never return]], he has one of these. Kevin of all people has one in the novel, acknowledging that she left him because she was fed up with the abuse. He flip-flops between genuine remorse and wanting to atone to wanting to kill her.
* NeverMyFault: In the book. Even as Kevin acknowledges that Erin/Katie left him because she was fed up with the abuse, he repeatedly blames it on her for being stupid and selfish. He even blames his alcoholic downfall and subsequently being suspended from his job on her.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Alex [[spoiler: tells Erin/Katie to leave town and never return]], he has one of these. these.
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Kevin of all people continually has one this in the novel, acknowledging that she left him because she was fed up with the abuse. He flip-flops between genuine remorse and wanting to atone to wanting to kill her.
* NeverMyFault: In the book. Even as Every time Kevin acknowledges admits that Erin/Katie left him because she was fed up with the abuse, he repeatedly blames almost immediately undermines his regret by blaming it on her for being stupid and selfish. He even blames his alcoholic downfall and subsequently being suspended from his job on her.



** In the book, Erin/Katie mentions having called the police at least once, only for them to talk her out of filing a complaint. But averted later on when Kevin's boss suspends him because of his drinking.

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** In the book, Erin/Katie mentions having called the police at least once, only for them to talk her out of filing a complaint. But averted later on when Kevin's boss suspends him both because of his drinking.drinking and his actions while investigating a case--telling the grieving mother of a victim to shove his killer down a flight of stairs.


* AdaptationDistillation: In the book, Erin/Katie spends months, planning her escape from Kevin, making sure to consider every factor--money, location, time, etc., then spends several weeks on the run before settling in Southport. This is eliminated in the movie, where she flees from him impulsively following yet another argument and immediately heads to Southport.

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* AdaptationDistillation: AdaptationDistillation
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In the book, Erin/Katie spends months, planning her escape from Kevin, making sure to consider every factor--money, location, time, etc., then spends several weeks on the run before settling in Southport. This is eliminated in the movie, where she flees from him impulsively following yet another argument and immediately heads to Southport.



* TheAlcoholic: Kevin.
* AlwaysWithYou:

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* TheAlcoholic: Kevin.
Kevin has always been one before and during his and Erin's marriage, but following Erin's escape, there's hardly a moment in the novel where he isn't drunk and/or drinking. By the end of the novel, the alcohol (coupled with his psychotic fury and determination to punish Erin) turns his thoughts delusional.
* AlwaysWithYou: Jo, Alex's late wife, promises him before her passing that she will always be with him and her children. [[spoiler:It's [[TheReveal revealed]] at the end of the novel that Katie's neighbor is Jo herself, or at least her spirit, guiding Katie as she gets closer to Alex and the children.]]



* BaitAndSwitch: The movie opens with Katie/Erin fleeing a house, then fleeing town on a bus, just barely evading Kevin. Her new life in Southport is intercut with scenes of Kevin searching for her and sending out "Wanted" posters identifying her as a murder suspect, and she looks uneasy whenever she spots police officers. All this implies that she's a killer and that Kevin is simply a cop doing his job trying to find her. Until Kevin's supervisor blasts him for his actions, revealing that she's Kevin's abused wife and that's why she's on the run.

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* BaitAndSwitch: BaitAndSwitch
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The movie opens with Katie/Erin fleeing a house, then fleeing town on a bus, just barely evading Kevin. Her new life in Southport is intercut with scenes of Kevin searching for her and sending out "Wanted" posters identifying her as a murder suspect, and she looks uneasy whenever she spots police officers. All this implies that she's a killer and that Kevin is simply a cop doing his job trying to find her. Until Kevin's supervisor blasts him for his actions, revealing that she's Kevin's abused wife and that's why she's on the run.run.
** Also early on in the film, Kevin's search for Katie culminates in him arriving at the same bus station she's at. He stops several buses so he can go in and search them, and at one point goes straight to the back, for a woman who looks just like Katie...but it's not her, and Katie successfully rides away.



* ChekhovsGunman: Erin/Katie's elderly neighbors the Feldman's. In the book, it's mentioned that they're the only two people she's been able to form a friendship with, thanks to Kevin's controlling, possessive nature (and she's even had to keep this hidden from him). When their daughter visits Kevin to ask if she'll be attending her mother's funeral, she mentions her resemblance to a sister who died when she was very young. With this, Kevin is able to deduce Erin/Katie's new identity and track her down.

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* ChekhovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman
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Erin/Katie's elderly neighbors the Feldman's. In the book, it's mentioned that they're the only two people she's been able to form a friendship with, thanks to Kevin's controlling, possessive nature (and she's even had to keep this hidden from him). When their daughter visits Kevin to ask if she'll be attending her mother's funeral, she mentions her resemblance to a sister who died when she was very young. With this, Kevin is able to deduce Erin/Katie's new identity and track her down.



* DeadAllAlong: One of the minor characters, [[spoiler: Jo]] is actually this.

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* DeadAllAlong: One of the minor characters, [[spoiler: Jo]] Jo, is actually this.Alex's late wife. She's appeared as a sort of spirit to Katie to give her advice and guide her.]]



* DomesticAbuse: A significant theme in both works.
* DueToTheDead: Josh to his mom.
* DyeOrDie[=/=]ImportantHaircut: Katie/Erin cuts and dyes her hair in order to disguise her appearance when she flees from Kevin.

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* DomesticAbuse: A significant theme Katie (at the time, Erin) has been in both works.
a very physically and emotionally abusive marriage with her husband, Kevin. His police skills, coupled with her having nowhere else to go, has kept her trapped for a long time. Finally, she manages to escape from him, and the novel begins with her starting a new life in Southport, and she eventually finds a second love with Alex. Unfortunately, Kevin continues to hunt her down.
* DueToTheDead: Josh to his mom.
mom. He hates it when his father goes into her room for any reason, and in general is more standoffish to Katie than his sister. [[spoiler:The shop burning down at the end upsets him for the same reason, as he feels he's lost yet another part of his mother.]]
* DyeOrDie[=/=]ImportantHaircut: Katie/Erin cuts DyeOrDie: Erin knows that to escape Kevin, she must look as unrecognizable as possible. Thus, she chops off her long hair and dyes her hair in order to disguise her appearance when she flees from Kevin.it brown.



* TheGhost: In line with DeadAllAlong above and played straight, without suggestions of it [[DoingInTheWizard being all in character's heads.]] [[spoiler: It's Jo]]
* HairTriggerTemper: After a lovely romantic dinner before which he gave her a present, Kevin explodes at Erin/Katie when she takes up the bottle of wine while clearing the dishes, having decided that she's getting on case about his drinking.
** Even worse in the book when he hits her several times out of nowhere after a perfectly ordinary afternoon of running errands, calling her selfish for making him drive her around all day when he wanted to relax.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Kevin, in the novel, given his near constant Bible-quoting, all while he's an abusive husband.

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* TheGhost: In line with DeadAllAlong above and played straight, without suggestions of it [[DoingInTheWizard being all in character's heads.]] [[spoiler: It's Jo]]
Jo is actually Alex's late wife.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: After a lovely One of the many things that makes Kevin so dangerous is his unpredictable fury that can come at the drop of the hat. This is evident in the film after their romantic dinner before which he gave her a present, Kevin explodes at Erin/Katie turns ugly when she takes up Erin gets on him for drinking (in actuality, innocently asking if he was done). In the bottle of wine while clearing book, he beats Erin for leaving her sunglasses by the dishes, having decided that she's getting on case about his drinking.
** Even worse
pool, leaving food stains in the book when he hits her several times out of nowhere after a perfectly ordinary afternoon of fridge, running errands, calling her selfish for making him drive her around all errands on his day when he wanted to relax.
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Kevin, in the novel, given his near constant Bible-quoting, all while he's an abusive husband. In particular, he likes to quote Ephesians 5:22, "Wives, submit to your husbands [...]", while conveniently disregarding the second following verse, "Husbands, love your wives [...]"
* ImportantHaircut: Katie/Erin cuts and dyes her hair in order to disguise her appearance when she flees from Kevin. She keeps it that way as a sign of her new start.



* MissedHimByThatMuch: Inverted. While walking to work one morning, Erin/Katie spots an unfamiliar car on the street and stops short as she realizes it's Kevin. She instantly turns around to return to her motel, get her things, and flee again.

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* MissedHimByThatMuch: MissedHimByThatMuch
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Inverted. While walking to work one morning, Erin/Katie spots an unfamiliar car on the street and stops short as she realizes it's Kevin. She instantly turns around to return to her motel, get her things, and flee again.



* PoliceAreUseless: In the book, Erin/Katie mentions having called the police at least once, only for them to talk her out of filing a complaint. But averted later on when Kevin's boss suspends him because of his drinking.

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* PoliceAreUseless: PoliceAreUseless
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In the book, Erin/Katie mentions having called the police at least once, only for them to talk her out of filing a complaint. But averted later on when Kevin's boss suspends him because of his drinking.



* RecycledPremise: There are many, possibly unintentional similarities between this film and ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy''--namely the opening sequence of an abused wife fleeing her abusive husband on a bus in the middle of a rainstorm, having cut her hair to disguise her appearance and said husband eventually finding her in a picturesque small town, then stalking her through a local celebration.

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* RecycledPremise: RecycledPremise
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There are many, possibly unintentional similarities between this film and ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy''--namely the opening sequence of an abused wife fleeing her abusive husband on a bus in the middle of a rainstorm, having cut her hair to disguise her appearance and said husband eventually finding her in a picturesque small town, then stalking her through a local celebration.



* SecondLove: Katie/Erin to Alex.

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* SecondLove: Katie/Erin to Alex. She's the first woman he's seriously considered dating after the death of his wife.



* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: Jo's]] ghost in question serves in this role.

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* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: Jo's]] Jo's ghost in question serves in this role.role. She appears to Katie when she arrives in town, advising her not just to stay, but to get closer with Alex, Lexie, and Josh.]]



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In the book, the Feldman's daughter, who tells Kevin about Erin/Katie's friendship with her parents.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom
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In the book, the Feldman's daughter, who tells Kevin about Erin/Katie's friendship with her parents.



* WhamShot: The picture of Alex's wife.

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* WhamShot: The picture of Alex's wife.wife: [[spoiler:she's Jo, Katie's neighbor.]]

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