We have enjoyed Secret Garden, fallen in love with the story like never before, besides the actors who have portrayed their characters so well, have you ever wondered who is the master mind behind the story? She resets the rules, challenges the cliché, and comes up with the ultimate romantic scenes like sit-ups, cappuccino kiss, speak through eyes and the party kiss. And also the lines that I think very often now, ‘Is this the best? are you sure?’ and ‘this woman to me is like Kim Tae Hee and Jeon Do Youn.’ The list just goes on and on, before we really put an end to this drama let us take a closer look at Kim Eun Sook, the writer of Secret Garden.
From not able to predict the ending to finally bring a happy ending to Kim Joo Won (by Hyun Bin) and Gil Ra Im (by Ha Ji Won) from the successful SBS weekend drama, Kim Eun Sook, 39 years of age, the author of Secret Garden, commands the emotions of the nation (the world), from when to shed tears to when to laugh for the past 3 months.
Kim Eun Sook was born in 1973, Kangwon-Do Kangnung. Having lost her father at a very young age, with 3 brothers and sister, writer Kim Eun Sook had to work after completing her highschool from Kangil Girl’s High School. She reads extensively, and adores the work of writer Shin Kyeong Suk, wanting to follow her footsteps to become a novelist. In 1997, she enrolled to study Liberal Arts at Seoul Institute of the Arts at the age of 25.
But dreams did not come true that easily for Kim Eun Sook. She failed twice in the Spring Literary Contest (direct translation). She writes plays to make ends meet while studying in college, she stayed at a semi-underground apartment near Hansung University, and the rent was less than 300,000 won per month (~USD$270).
Her big break came in 2003, when she wrote for a SBS drama ‘South of the sun’, earning 700,000 won, a huge amount for Kim at that time. This was also when she started her career in script writing.
And finally in 2004, she will never forget this when she wrote ‘Lovers in Paris’ featuring Kim Jeong-eun and Park Shin-yang as the leads. The drama gained phenomenal popularity, even reached TV rating as high as 57.6%. Kim Eun Sook became the love of the nation, and won 41st Baek Sang Arts Awards in 2005.
After the success of ‘Lovers in Paris’, Kim continued with the lovers series, wrote drama “Lovers in Prague”. The first time she and Hyun Bin worked together was on ‘A Millionaire’s First Love’. Kim also wrote other popular dramas such as ‘On air’ and ‘City hall’, she has now become the most popular writer in Korea.
Kim’s success did not come easily, through hard work and not giving up her dreams, it is always 99% hard work and 1% talent.
Written by alou from thedramascenes.com