“Deadly Nightshade” was inspired by the k-dramas “Temptation of Wife”, “Mysterious Personal Shopper/Doll’s House”, “Sister Is Alive” and “The/Two Women’s Room”. And the telenovelas “Teresa” (they took it off of Netflix, and “Rubi” too!) and “Marimar”. Other inspirations include the historical drama “Jang Hee-bin”, the titular MC herself, who inspired the MC Angelina- and there’s even a reference to her in the later chapters, you should really read about her, she’s awesome. Anyways- “Once Upon A Time” (mainly Regina, my favorite character, who inspired another MC, Hwayoung), “Obsessed” (despite the movie being terrible, it inspired me to do even better, and really dig into the other main main character, Cynthia’s mind and motives) and “Forest of a Thousand Lanterns”.
My new story “Flowers Have Thorns” was inspired by the k-dramas “Gracious Revenge” (it was really bad but the first half was, and I guiltily admit this, good), “Heaven’s Promise”, “Mysterious Personal Shopper/Doll’s House”, “Flames of Desire”, “Pink Lipstick”, and “Glass Mask”. It’s also inspired by real events, like Trump’s presidency and the current presidential elections. Since my mother watches soap operas, parts of the story were inspired by a few arcs in “Bold and the Beautiful”, “Young and the Restless”, and even “Dynasty”. Two characters were inspired by “Pose”. The music that inspired it was the albums “Gold Digger (With True Love)” and “As It Is” by Toshiki Kadomatsu.