Must-Watch: 9 Korean Dramas Based On Webtoons Or Manhwas

The characters' resemblance to the comics is amazing!
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) LOVE ALARM/NETFLIX, LOVE ALARM/DAUM WEBTOON

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)!

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

1. Love Alarm (2019)

The Plot: Based on the webtoon by Cheon Kye Yeong, Love Alarm tells the story of an application that tells people who likes them within a 10-meter radius. Season 1 of the drama aired in 2019 and the second season is set to air in August 2020! It stars young actors 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. 

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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 hardworking 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! 

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6. Scholar Who Walks The Night (2015)

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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! Orange Marmalade tells the story of Baek Ma Ri (Kim Seol Hyun), a shy teenage girl who's 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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8. Extraordinary You (2019) 

The Plot: What would you do if you found out you were living INSIDE a webtoon and that you're just the supporting character? That's what happens to Dan Oh, a high school student with a heart condition who feels like she's the leading lady of her life. Her world ~falls apart~ when she discovers the truth about her world, which is actually in a comic book called SecretExtraordinary You is based on popular webtoon July Found By Chance.

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9. Itaewon Class (2020) 

The Plot: Park Saeroyi (Park Seo Joon) is determined to get revenge on the family who caused his father's death. He teams up with "a band of misfits" and establishes a small pub called Danbam to defeat the conglomerate Jangga Co. owned by CEO Jang Dae Hee.  Guess what? Jo Kwang Jin, the author of the popular webtoon, also wrote the script for the drama! 

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