49 Days Accused of PlagiarismPosted: March 22, 2011
If you’re wondering how a story about a modern-day grim reaper and a recently deceased heroine needs to collect the tears of three people within “49 Days” to live again is plagiarism, the recent accusations are rising from an idol group fan fiction… Yes, idol group fan fiction. Where do netizens come up with this stuff?
“49 Days” is SBS‘s new Wednesday-Thursday drama starring Lee Yo-won, Nam Gyuri, Jung Il-woo, Jo Hyun-jae, and Bae Soo-bin. Although the drama just started, netizens have already raised the plagiarism flag, noting an idol fan fiction as the source.
The idol group Shinhwa had an astonishingly popular fan fiction written about them called, “49 Days for a Second Chance” (49일간의 유예). Netizens keenly pointed out that the concept is similar; there’s a love line similar to the Ji-hyun and Han Gang drama characters (with some possession at play); and a unique scheduler-like character is included.
A representative from HB Entertainment, the production of “49 Days,” stated, “It was previously examined and found not to be plagiarism.” He also explained, “This isn’t the first time that possession has been used in a drama. Just because the topic is similar by no means spells plagiarism.”
I took the liberty of skimming through the Shinhwa fan fiction in question (which was quite difficult to read… Why do people write things like this?).
From what I can gather, it uses the concept of 49 days after death are for the soul to find its way to the next life (a Korean Buddhist concept). The death of a girl results in her possessing another, and the grim reaper/scheduler in question ends up being two people: Eric and a red-haired Minwoo.
But, let’s face the facts, a good number of grim reaper stories utilize some sort of possession, and of course, someone has to be in love with the recently departed which will bring about the drama in the story. Since 49 days is a well-known concept in Korea, it’s only natural to use it in the drama.
All things considered, this drama just started and already has a more complicated love-line situation than the fan fiction. Since the drama is only two episodes in, we have yet to see the finer details in the storyline.
Don’t you think this plagiarism scandal is pretty ridiculous?
The next episode of “49 Days” will air on Wednesday at 9:55pm.