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Widespread Ok-Drama Author Apologizes Over Plagiarism Accusations, Admits Meant Similarities

She beforehand revealed {that a} basic book-turned-movie served as “inspiration.”

In a latest interview, scriptwriter Hwang Jin Younger addressed the plagiarism rumors surrounding her Ok-Drama, My Dearest, for MBC.

Scriptwriter Hwang Jin Youn | Cine21

Not too lengthy after its premiere, My Dearest—dubbed one of many “10 Finest Ok-Dramas of 2023“—was accused of being the “Korean remake” of Gone With The Wind. Some scenes had been additionally accused of being a precise replication of different Western classics, like Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

On the time of the preliminary plagiarism accusations, Hwang claimed that the Western basic(s) served as an “inspiration.”

MBC’s “My Dearest” Below Fireplace For Allegedly Plagiarizing Legendary Hollywood Film

Following the grand finale, nonetheless, Hwang defined through an interview with Sports activities Chosun that the viewers are proper to argue that the present is “extra of a remake than an inspiration.”

Once I first considered writing a ‘wartime romance’ Ok-Drama set through the instances of the Qing invasion of Joseon, I discovered it troublesome to beat the stress—extra so due to how unsuccessful that battle was. I didn’t know if I might create one thing ok to be scheduled into the broadcasting schedule. After cautious consideration, although, I made a decision to make use of Gone With The Wind‘s strategy to maintaining it lighthearted and romantic.

When viewers take into consideration Gone With The Wind, they don’t affiliate the work with battle. They consider the passionate love story between Scarlett and Rhett. So I believed that, as a variation of Gone With The WindMy Dearest might spark the curiosity in viewers—even when it’s set throughout a misplaced battle. Frankly, I by no means wished to cover the truth that I used to be impressed by Gone With The Wind.

— Hwang Jin Younger

Hwang additionally admitted that a few of the scenes within the earlier episodes of My Dearest had been, the truth is, copied from Gone With The Wind‘s most iconic scenes—like the primary encounter of the lead characters.

It was supposed for a few of the scenes within the earlier episodes of the present to be much like the signature scenes from Gone With The Wind (like Rhett assembly Ashley for the primary time or Rhett watching Scarlett pursue Ashley). I purposely had them clustered to start with of the present, in order that even the viewers who weren’t conscious of the inspiration would discover, ‘Hey, this present jogs my memory of Gone With The Wind.’ I hoped that the similarities would make the viewers curious as to maintain watching and seeing how My Dearest finally ends up being completely different from Gone With The Wind. To be trustworthy, I believed it was intelligent and I virtually wished recognition for the way effectively that was executed.

However some viewers believed that to be plagiarism. It’s constructive criticism that I wholeheartedly settle for.

— Hwang Jin Younger

Calling her scriptwriting “inadequate,” Hwang apologized for the plagiarism controversies surrounding the present.

Trying again, I ponder if I ought to’ve revealed from the get-go that the present was primarily based on Gone With The Wind. However I believe that might’ve been too ‘spoiling.’

Regardless, I want to make clear as soon as once more that My Dearest is certainly impressed by the good Gone With The Wind. And to the viewers who may need felt offended by the similarities attributable to my inadequate capability to storytell, I lengthen my deepest apologies because the scriptwriter spearheading the content material.

That being mentioned, I hope extra viewers can watch My Dearest and see how the plot deviates from its inspiration, specializing in My Dearest‘s distinctive setting, characters, and episodes.

— Hwang Jin Younger

Koreans aren’t impressed by Hwang’s interview. Most are expressing disappointment on the scriptwriter’s “shamelessness.”

| theqoo
  • “That’s what remakes are, although. Based mostly on unique works, however with interpretive tweaks. That’s what the author did, and so it was a remake. Not an inspiration. Stealing one other creator’s foundational work is to not be thought of acceptable.”
  • “Wow… Wonderful.”
  • “So shameless… She’s principally admitting that she plagiarized. LOL. How silly. However then once more, she was silly sufficient to plagiarize a basic from the start to finish, so…”
  • “Constructive criticism that you simply wholeheartedly settle for, huh?”
  • “Wow… So that is how shameless an individual must get in an effort to plagiarize.”
  • [Irrelevant Comment]
  • “Wow… Why is she so happy with the actual fact…?”
  • “So… Is she saying that she did copy Gone With The Wind however that it’s completely not a remake? If this ain’t plagiarism, then what’s?”
  • “Folks saying it was a remake was not alleged to be constructive criticism. We had been actually calling you out for plagiarizing. It’s not one thing that you simply wholeheartedly settle for… It is advisable to be ashamed of your self and reflecting in your errors.”
  • “This stage of confidence, although… LOL. I learn the interview a number of instances, and it doesn’t sound too removed from ‘Oops, you all caught me! Sorry!’ Ha…”

Regardless of the accusations, My Dearest grew to become an enormous hit for MBC—with viewers anticipating main wins on the MBC Drama Awards.

“My Dearest” | MBC

Learn extra about feminine lead Ahn Eun Jin right here.

Actress Ahn Eun Jin Will get Facial Paralysis Whereas Filming Ok-Drama “My Dearest”

Supply: Sports activities Chosun and theqoo (1) and (2)

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