‘The Notebook 2’ Movie Claims are a Hoax

Circulating reports suggest that a sequel to the popular movie ‘The Notebook’ is set to be filmed in various locations across the United States.

Brief Analysis:
The reports are false. No ‘The Notebook’ sequel has been announced.  The claims in the stories are false. These false claims originate from a spate of bogus reports published on several closely related fake-news websites.

The Notebook 2 to be Filmed in the Des Moines, Iowa area
The incredibly popular Nicholas Sparks film The Notebook from 2004 is returning with a spirited sequel tentatively entitled The Notebook 2 and will be filmed in and around Des Moines, Iowa.Notebook 2 claims are false


Notebook 2 Fake News Story


Notebook 2 Fake News Story on Twitter

Detailed Analysis:
According to reports rocketing around the Internet via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets, a sequel to the popular 2004 movie The Notebook is set to be filmed in Des Moines, Iowa. Or, depending on which version you read, Tucson, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida, Akron, Ohio, Springfield, Missouri, and a host of other US cities.

The news has ‘The Notebook’ fans all a flutter. But, alas, the stores are unfounded. ‘The Notebook 2’ is not in the works, at least at the time of writing. In fact, the stories are all derived from a stable of related clickbait fake-news websites that, between them, are churning out an endless stream of celebrity flavoured – and entirely fictional – nonsense.

All of the fake-news sites publishing the stories use very similar formats and recycle versions of the same nonsensical stories. And they all include the following disclaimer on their ‘Contact Us’ pages:

[Name of website] is a fantasy news site.  All news articles on [name of website].com are satire or pure fantasy.

The same set of websites has also published a series of false stories claiming that various celebrities have shocked fans by announcing that they are moving to an obscure location away from the limelight.

These hoax sites present their bogus material in news format and bury their disclaimers where most visitors will not see them.  Thus, many visitors are tricked into believing that the stories are true and subsequently share them with their friends.

It is always wise to verify information that comes your way before sharing it. To check, you can conduct a search on a reputable news aggregator service such as Google News. If the story is true, you will likely find a number of mainstream or entertainment site reports about it.

Last updated: March 10, 2016
First published: March 10, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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