When it comes to K-drama, what do you think is the crucial aspect of being a big hit? Star casts, maybe. But would you stick to your seats watching your favourite actor or actress in a dull or regular drama? Well, that would be pretty troublesome, isn’t it! So, the answer is the story. You would ultimately sacrifice your sleep for an amazing, cliffhanger, and unique script. It’s perfect dialogues, notable cameos, mind-blowing twists and turns, screenplay, iconic scenes. So here is a tribute to the top 10 best writers of Korean drama.
1. Park Hye Ryun
South Korean screenwriter well known for her writing of the K-dramas Dream High (2011), Page Turner (2016). She has a unique style of writing that includes a second male lead, which is heart-breaking every time, like Han Ji Pyeong from Start Up (2020), Han Woo Tak from While You Were Sleeping (2017), Seo Beom Jo in Pinocchio (2015).
2. The Hong Sisters
The legendary duo of two sisters- Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran, one of the most brilliant writers. Even if you are not a long time K-drama fan, you must have seen any fantasy drama, and that’s what they are famous for. They give life to the most fantasy characters in the best way. They are well known for their work in- My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010), Hotel Del Luna (2019), Master’s Sun (2013), and many more.
3. Kim Eun Sook
She brings the most charismatic male character and a strong female lead to the life by her flawless writing, like Kim Shin and Ji Eun Tak in Goblin (2016). Some of the most successful works are Descendants of The Sun (2016), The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), The Heirs (2013).
4. Lee Woo Jung
She brings the warmest and loving dramas. Her works are inspiring and motivating. Her work revolves around human nature as it tries to strengthen the human bonds and are series of stories. She is famous for her work in Reply 1997 (2012), Reply 1994 (2013), Prison Playbook (2017), Hospital Playlist (2020).
5. Park Ji Eun
Queen of rom-com drama scripts. She rocks on the screen whether the drama may or may not be traditional rom-com. Some of her famous dramas are- Legend of the blue sea (2016), Crash Landing on You (2020), My Love from Another Star (2013), The Producers (2015), My Husband Got a Family (2012), Queen of Reversals (2010), and Queen of Housewives (2009).
6. Kim Ki Ho
You may or may not know him but sure know his works. one of the best Comedy scriptwriters. Legendary comedy-drama Laughter at Waikiki (2018) and their sequel Laughter at Waikiki 2 (2019) are some of his best works.
7. Kwon Hye Joo
He has a unique style; he makes his audience laugh during the whole drama with strangely funny characters but makes them cry their eyes out at the end. Hi Bye Mama (2020), and Go Back Couple (2017), are one of the most famous dramas of his had the best funny scenes and emotional scenes too. The ending was so emotional that the viewers were shocked with the sudden twists and left with a profound impact.
8. Im Sang Choon
A writer who surely knows how to keep the audience glued to their seats. A standard looking rom-com drama suddenly starts to get excited as the secrets get unfolded and stun the audience. He is famous for his work in When the Camellia Blooms (2019), Fight for My Way (2017), and Becky’s Back (2016). He was awarded Best Screenplay Award in the 2019 KBS Drama Award and the 2020 Baeksang Awards.
9. Baek Mi Kyeong
A time travel and fantasy star screenwriter. Her most famous and loved dram is Strong Girl Do Bong-soon (2017). JTBC’s highest-rated drama, The Lady in Dignity (2017), is one of her well-known works.
10. Im Me-A-Ri
A budding writer was sure to be put on this list. If you are a fan of a fantasy drama with a satisfactory second male lead ending, satisfying happy ending, stomach-churning twists, a progressive and fresh story, then she serves it all in one. Writer of Doom at your Service (2021), and Beauty Inside (2018), has a unique writing style that she doesn’t go for traditional scripting. Though Beauty Inside did not receive much appreciation, it covered the topics of society that were considered a taboo. Doom at your Service was a big hit because of its satisfying ending.