Must-Watch: 7 Korean Dramas Based On Webtoons Or Manhwas

The characters' resemblance to the comics is amazing!
PHOTO: (LEFT) What's wrong with secretary kim/tvN, (RIGHT) Tappytoon

Just like movies, our favorite Korean dramas sometimes gain inspiration from novels and other written and illustrated works. In fact, several of the most popular K-dramas originated from webtoons! 

What Is A Webtoon? 

Webtoons are a kind of online comics that originated in South Korea. They're released regularly (sometimes weekly or monthly). Some of the most popular websites for these comics are Naver Webtoon and Daum.

What sets webtoons apart from regular comics is that each episode or chapter is published in one long, vertical strip for easier viewing on phones or computers; they will most likely be in color instead of black-and-white since they aren't really published in physical form; some of them feature music and animations that play during each chapter!

Earlier Korean dramas based on webtoons, manhwas (another term for Korean comics), or Japanese mangas include Full House (2004), Goong/Princess Hours (2006), and Boys Over Flowers (2009)!

Here are seven of the most popular (and recent) ones:

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1. Love Alarm (2019)

The Plot: Based on the webtoon by Cheon Kye Yeong, Love Alarm tells the story of people who want to know what their hearts want in a society where people use an app to find out who likes them (sounds familiar?). To be precise, the app tells people who like them within a 10-meter radius! The drama was originally set to air in 2018 but will show on the streaming platform Netflix in 2019. It will star young stars Kim So Hyun, Song Kang, and Jung Ga Ram.

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2. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018)  

The Plot: My ID Is Gangnam Beauty is about a college student named Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) and her journey through living a "new life" after she undergoes plastic surgery. She was deemed "ugly" by her classmates before, and when she enters university, she encounters Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo), an old classmate who remembers her from high school. The webtoon has a total of 72 chapters!

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3. What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? (2018)

The Plot: Derived from the webtoon Why Secretary Kim, it tells the story of a narcissistic chaebol named Young Joon (Park Seo Joon) and his long-term hard-working secretary Mi So (Park Min Young). After nine years, she announces that she's quitting. He urges her to stay in the company and does all sorts of grand gestures to convince her—until they realize it's not just about the job anymore. The 98-chapter webtoon was written by Kim Myeongmi and Jeong Gyeong Yun.

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4. Cheese In The Trap (2016)

The Plot: Jung (Park Hae Jin) is the rich heir to the Taerang Group and seemingly has a perfect life, but he also displays psychopathic tendencies! This causes Seol (Kim Go Eun) to take time off school to get away from him. When she returns through a scholarship, he is unexpectedly nice to her and asks her out on a date. They begin a really awkward relationship which is further complicated by the arrival of Jung's childhood friends.

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The drama adaptation has met with controversies because fans felt like the show changed the original storyline and characters too much. The director and scriptwriters also apologized to the original webtoon writer, as the show was nearing its end.

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5. Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (2016)

The Plot: Based on a youth romance web novel by Yoon Yi SooLove In The Moonlight is about a courageous girl (Kim Yoo Jung) who disguises herself as a boy to *counsel* men on dating. Things take an unexpected twist when she meets the Crown Prince (Park Bo Gum), who takes an interest in her! She ends up in another disguise: this time as a eunuch in the royal palace. This drama was a massive hit across Asia, with six nominations at the 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards! It also introduced most of us to Bogummy.

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6. Scholar Who Walks The Night (2015)

The Plot: Based on the manhwa of the same name written by Jo Joo Hee and illustrated by Han Seung HeeScholar Who Walks The Night  

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7. Orange Marmalade (2015)

The Plot: It's set in a fantasy world where humans and vampires coexist, and vampires no longer see humans as food! Vampires are still feared and discriminated by society, and many of them try to hide their true nature and live as "normal" citizens, in order not to become outcasts.

Orange Marmalade tells the story of Baek Ma Ri (Kim Seol Hyun), a socially withdrawn teenage girl hiding her vampire identity. Driven away from several neighborhoods, she is eager to settle down in her new city and live quietly. Things change when she accidentally kisses the neck of Jung Jae Min (Yeo Jin Goo), the most popular guy in school, and falls in love with him.

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