K-netizens Point Out Kim Eun Sook’s New Drama The Glory Has Same Story Outline as Another Author’s Manhwa

C-dramas have been widely criticized for plagiarism for decades, either outright or remaking other stories without paying a licensing fee. K-drama have had the same criticism though far less frequent and more debatable instances. Mere days after hit screenwriter Kim Eun Sook‘s new drama was announced, got a female lead in top actress Song Hye Kyo, and revealed the name The Glory and synopsis about revenge, K-netizens are taking the bare bones story concept and saying it bears striking similarity to another author’s work. The story is about the female lead who endured school bullying when she was young and had to drop out of school, her bully got married and had kids and is living a good life, years later the female lead intentionally becomes the teacher to the bully’s child to enact revenge. There is a manhwa with the exact same plot except in that instance it was by happenstance that the lead became the bully’s kid’s teacher. K-netizens think Kim Eun Sook needs to pay a licensing fee for taking the plot construct otherwise it’s too similar to call it coincidence.

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Chosun News Passes the “God Screenwriter” Baton from Kim Eun Sook Failing with The King: Eternal Monarch to Park Ji Eun with Runaway Hit Crash Landing on You

Complacency is the insidious foe, like termites you can’t see but it’s slowly eating away at the foundation. If I am the most successful drama screenwriter of all time in South Korea Kim Eun Sook and I just read the … Continue reading

Kim Go Eun the Leading Candidate for Female Lead in The King: Eternal Sovereign Opposite Lee Min Ho

This is just behind-the-news chatter but K-ent is reporting that casting is underway for Kim Eun Sook‘s next drama The King: Eternal Sovereign after confirming the crucial male lead role last week with Lee Min Ho. Of course all eyes … Continue reading

Famed K-drama Screenwriters Kim Eun Sook and Kim Eun Hee Hold Joint Question-Answer Session in Seoul

If you love screenwriter Kim Eun Hee and/or Kim Eun Sook, the two sat down for a joint question-and-answer session this week in Seoul to share thoughts on their streak of successful K-dramas through the years. First they were asked … Continue reading

Byun Yo Han and Kim Sa Rang Join Kim Eun Sook’s Period Romance Mr. Sunshine in Supporting Roles

I normally would tag any Kim Eun Sook drama a ratings sure thing, she’s never had a flop unlike many of her successful peers who toggle success and failure equally. Especially with her last two dramas Goblin and Descendants of … Continue reading

K-drama Viewers Polled Picked Kim Eun Sook as Favorite Screenwriter Followed by Kim Eun Hee and Noh Hee Kyung

Ranking K-drama screenwriters whether by quality or personal like is much harder than the actors and actresses that bring their narratives to life on television. Very few become household names, requiring hit after hit after hit and a longevity that … Continue reading