Purist fans flame US version of F4

Purist fans flame US version of F4

Hardcore fans of Boys Over Flowers are screaming foul.

Don't desecrate a timeless classic, they implore.

This was in response to reports that another TV adaptation of the popular Japanese manga will begin filming next month - in the US, and starring a new American "F4" group.

Originally titled Boys Before Flowers, the US drama series was renamed Boys Before Friends early this month after the public backlash.

Fans of the hit Asian TV adaptations from Taiwan (Meteor Garden, 2001), Japan (Hana Yori Dango, 2005) and South Korea (Boys Over Flowers, 2009) have slammed the US remake because they feel the manga's plot that centres on "pure, romantic love" will seem "ridiculous" if played out in a Western setting which celebrates sexuality.

Casting is on for the fourth male lead. which celebrates sexuality.

Wrote one netizen named Shengitsu on the dramafever video website: "OMG. I am soooooooo dreading this. "Because of the huge cultural gap between the Western and Asian worlds, the whole idea of 'pure, innocent love' that encompasses the drama will be lost. "Americans will over-sexualise and over-dramatise it."

Boys Before Friends, like its predecessors, tells the story of a girl from a middle-class family who enters an elite school usually reserved for the rich and famous.

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