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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Fans of the mega-popular “Hunger Games” trilogy are anxiously awaiting the opening of the first film a week from Friday.

The story, written by Suzanne Collin, is deep for young audiences. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world, but things like reality TV and fighting within the government are resonating with teenagers.

“They’re so different than any other book that’s out there,” said Tavi Markovitz, a fan who went to the Mall of America to see the movie’s cast. “I think it makes us look at society in a different way.”

Many fans slept overnight at Mall of America in order to meet the cast, but not all got to. Some fans, like Danielle Stoddard of Minneapolis, were too late.

“We just missed the cut off for the wrist bands, and we were crying. We were like ‘Oh my God, life’s over,” she said.

Before Friday’s event, the cast sat down with local media. The Twin Cities is just one stop of eight stop for for the film’s young stars.

The two lead characters, Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), both told us how grateful they are to the fans who keep coming out city after city to see them.

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