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April 05, 2011  | by: Cynthia Almanzar

Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth

Ever since Twilight entered cinemas and took the world by storm, movie makers are constantly searching the next big book adaptation. Lionsgate has found its book franchise in Susanne Collins series “The Hunger Games.”

The great thing about books adaptations is that they come with a built-in audience. People who read the book and fell in love with characters surely will go out to see the movie.  Unless filmmakers ruin said characters for them. Right now, “The Hunger Games” is in the casting stage which is one the moment  book fans are more excited and the moment where they  might end up  the most disappointed.

Case in point. On Monday it was announced that “The Kids Are All Right” Josh Hutcherson and “The Last Song” Liam Hemsworth were cast to play the main male leads Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. Entertainment Weekly did a write up on the casting but what’s going on in the comment section is much more interesting than the news itself.

“I’m absolutely heartsick right now. Gary Ross and Nina Jacobson have completely ruined this amazing book with such horrible casting. Josh will never be my Peeta! What a disappointment! I have no enthusiasm for this movie at all anymore,” a commenter identified as Mae said about the news. Comment upon comment, people are expressing how disappointed there are and how this adaptation is already ruined.

Three actors in and people are already giving up on this movie?!  The main reason for the outrage is that the actors don’t look anything like the characters they are supossed to play.  This is the biggest risk of  casting a book adaptation,  turning off the beloved fanbase  from the project with an array of  miscasts.

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