Writer Kim Eun Sook reveals what inspired her to write “The Glory”.
As soon as Netflix’s “The Glory”, marking the 2nd collaboration between writer Kim Eun Sook and actress Song Hye Kyo, was released, it hit the jackpot.
Recently released on Netflix, “The Glory” depicts the story of a woman (Song Hye Kyo) whose soul was shattered by brutal school violence in her childhood, so meticulously prepared for revenge by risking her entire life.
Amidst positive reviews for showing both sides of the victim and the perpetrators of school violence with a well-written narrative, attention is also focused on how writer Kim Eun Sook, who is best known for her writing in romance dramas, embarked on her first revenge drama.
On December 20th, writer Kim Eun Sook attended “The Glory” press conference held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Dongdaemun, Seoul.
Kim Eun Sook revealed that her daughter, a sophomore in high school, was behind the birth of “The Glory”. While talking to her daughter, a revenge scenario ran through her mind.
Writer Kim said, “The topic of school violence is a close one. My concern was that (my daughter) would receive unnecessary attention because of me.”
She then confessed, “My daughter asked me, ‘Do you think it would be more heartbreaking if I hit someone to death, or would it hurt more if I was beaten to death?’.That question shocked me.”
Writer Kim said that in that brief moment when she received her daughter’s question, she thought a lot, and she immediately turned on her computer and started writing the script for “The Glory”.
In addition, writer Kim said, “I heard a lot of stories from the victims, but they said that they wanted a sincere apology from the perpetrators rather than realistic compensation. I sincerely wondered what a sincere apology was. I thought it was ‘The Glory’ because I thought it was the origin of the apology.”
Meanwhile, “The Glory” ranked first in Netflix Korea’s Korean content, recording 25.41 million viewing hours in three days after its release, and ranked third in Netflix Global’s Top 10 TV (non-English) category.