Internet Novel Author Announces Decision To File Lawsuit Against “Hwayugi” Writers For Plagiarism

Internet novel writer Ttangbyeol (real name Jung Eun Sook) has stated she is taking legal action against Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran, the writers of tvN’s “Hwayugi.”

In March, Ttangbyeol posted a blog entry outlining the similarities between her novel “Aeyugi” and the drama “Hwayugi.” Both works are based on the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West.” Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran responded that they had never seen or heard of the novel, and that “Hwayugi” had been in conception before the publishing of “Aeyugi.”

Ttangbyeol recently announced through another blog post that she has filed a lawsuit against Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran (the Hong sisters) for plagiarism of her work.

The author stated, “I am legally disputing plagiarism in regards to ‘Hwayugi’ as I was given the professional opinion that even if they are ideas, they are protected under copyright. As the Hong sisters, who wrote ‘Hwayugi,’ have denied everything, I ended up formally pursuing a lawsuit.”

Ttangbyeol added, “I will only say this much as I have been told that posting detailed information can affect the trial. However, I will reveal that there are now 22 issues brought up in the lawsuit, as opposed to the original count of 10. Whichever side it may be, justice will be seen in court.”

Studio Dragon, the production company behind “Hwayugi,” has stated that they have contacted the Hong sisters for their response.

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