Original Webtoon Writer Of “Imitation” Shows Love For The Drama Adaptation
The original webtoon writer of “Imitation” has shared her thoughts on the recent drama adaptation!
KBS 2TV’s “Imitation” is based on the hit webtoon of the same name and follows the lives of idols in the entertainment industry. After the original webtoon was released in 2014, it surpassed 480 million views, reaching over 4.4 million subscribers and racking up more than 600,000 comments, showing off its global popularity.
The drama stars Jung Ji So (from “Parasite”); U-KISS’s Lee Jun Young; ATEEZ’s Yunho, Jongho, Seonghwa, and San; T-ara’s Jiyeon; former I.O.I and PRISTIN member Lim Nayoung; SF9‘s Hwiyoung and Chani; g.o.d’s Danny Ahn; Yuri; Minseo; Ahn Jung Hoon; Boys’ Republic’s Suwoong; and Shim Eun Jin.
Webtoon writer Park Kyung Ran expressed her admiration for the drama sharing, “It’s still so exciting and fascinating that [my work] is being broadcasted on TV. It made me think that the vague thought of ‘It’d be great if this became a drama’ could actually become a reality. They have the names that I gave them and every time the stories that I wrote appear on the broadcasts, I constantly think, ‘Is this reality?'”
Specifically with regards to the casting of Jung Ji So, Lee Jun Young, Jiyeon, and Yunho, Park Kyung Ran commented, “I thought it was great as soon as I heard the news of the casting but after seeing the completed drama, they’re more in sync [with their characters] than I expected so I thought they were really impressive.”
She also picked those four characters as the ones she looked forward to most. She elaborated, “There’s so much enjoyment in seeing the rebirth of these characters through the actors’ interpretations so I end up waiting each week for Friday.”
In late April, Jung Ji So, Lim Nayoung, and Minseo performed on “Music Bank” as their “Imitation” group Tea Party. Their performance was met with a great response, reaching over 1.4 million views. Park Kyung Ran shared, “When I first heard that they were appearing on ‘Music Bank,’ I obviously thought that they were going to promote from the perspective of actors but I was shocked to see that they gave their interviews in character.”
She added, “While watching the performance, I constantly said, ‘They’re so pretty’ and ‘The song is good.’ Even now, whenever I have time I watch the performance so I know I make up a good amount of the views.”
For the overall message of both the webtoon and the drama, Park Kyung Ran picked “growth,” commenting, “Fundamentally, I wrote growth as the foundation. If romance is the focus of the webtoon, I think that the drama is more aligned with growth. As they are telling the story of those in their twenties, I think the most relatable point is the process in which they prepare for the future and the accompanying concerns.”
Finally, Park Kyung Ran shared, “Thanks to the fans who cherished and supported the webtoon ‘Imitation,’ it was able to be continued as a drama. Both the webtoon and the drama were produced with the intention to support those working hard to adapt to entering society and the workforce, so please watch over it kindly.”
KBS2’s “Imitation” airs Fridays at 11:20 p.m. KST.
Start episode 1 of the drama here!