John Green is getting death threats because of his book’s casting

Book fans are unhappy a YouTuber might get the role.


Rae Votta


Published May 20, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 7:08 pm CDT

John Green‘s passionate fanbase that follows him from YouTube stardom to books and movies can sometimes let that passion get out of control. 

Green addressed his social media followers who are particularly upset with the rumored casting of his latest book-turned-film, Looking for Alaska. His reminder to those that have sent Green death threats: He’s not a casting director. 

The book follows two friends trying to solve the death of another, and is the third Green movie to be produced following The Fault in Our Stars and upcoming Paper Towns. The threats are a response to rumors that Acacia Brinley, a YouTuber and actress, might have secured the role.

Acacia also tweeted, and later deleted, a page of the script that other fans screencapped. They have reacted negatively to her possible casting.

These are not the first threats Green has faced as a public figure, and he recently addressed on Tumblr that part of the reason his youngest daughter has not appeared in his YouTube videos like his son has previously, is that with his increased fame he’s also been subject to threats.

The other thing, to be frank, is that a few people have made threats against not just me but also my family, and I do feel a responsibility to protect my kids from that as best I can.

Screengrab via Vlogbrothers/YouTube

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*First Published: May 20, 2015, 4:42 pm CDT