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Writing dramas as works of art, naturally

‘I write dramas as I would create a work of art. I’ll write dramas with such pride for the rest of my life.’

Oct 20,2008
Drama writer Kim Su-hyun meets with fans at the Yeouido Park in Seoul. [YONHAP]
“I never try to create dialogue for dramas I write. I just capture what the characters are likely to say and turn them into dialogue,” Kim Su-hyun, 65, the guru of Korean TV drama writing, told aspiring writers in a meeting at Yeouido Park in Seoul last Tuesday afternoon.

It was the first time that she’s ever made an appearance at a gathering of fans.

The meeting was arranged to celebrate her being selected as “Korea’s Leading Writer 2008” at the 3rd Seoul Drama Festival.

Since Kim seldom comes out for social activities, some 200 fans and would-be writers gathered to see her in person and rained questions on her during the hour-long get-together.

Asked for the secret behind the success of “Mommy’s Angry,” her recent drama, which was a hit even without being peppered with sensational issues like adultery, she said, “I’ve always written dramas based on rather simple motives. Nevertheless, a number of people still seem to enjoy my work and I believe it’s because I mostly write human stories that people are likely to sympathize with.”

In her 40-year career as a TV writer, how has she always had an abundance of material for stories?

“I also experience a shortage of items for stories from time to time. However, my habit of focusing on our everyday lives rather on something special and unique seems to be effective,” Kim said with characteristic modesty.

Kim, who has mercilessly declared that more than half of the current TV dramas are crude, as if they were written by middle school students, was asked: What is her favorite drama these days?

“I find the drama ‘Beethoven Virus’ interesting. It is a well-made drama through hard work, I can see that,” Kim said.

Kim made her debut in TV drama writing circles in 1968 and has evolved over the years to become a leader in the field.

She had some words of advice for anyone wanting to become a TV writer.

“There are over 1,000 members enrolled in the Korean TV and Radio Writers Association, but I doubt how many of them are a real writers. If you want to be a good writer, forget about ratings or payment. If you are able to write a handsome drama, other things will follow naturally,” Kim told them.

“I write dramas as I would create a work of art. I’ll write dramas with such pride for the rest of my life. I hope to see more devoted writers so that I can enjoy their dramas as well.”


By Rhee Esther JoongAng Ilbo [spark0320@joongang.co.kr]





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