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Webtoons are one of the most famous sources of entertainment in South Korea. Those of you who aren't aware of what webtoons are, they are online comic books released episode-wise every week. These webtoons are famous with the name of Manhwas worldwide. These webtoons are often converted into K-Dramas. Some of the most famous K dramas are based on these webtoons. These K-dramas achieved a lot of popularity after their release. The fact that the non-readers K-drama lovers could actually see it on-screen was a delight. Here, is the list of Top 10 K-dramas based on webtoons:
10) Backstreet Rookie (2020)
Backstreet Rookie was released in 2020 starring Ji Chang-Wook and Kim Yoo-Jung. The drama was based on the 2016-2017 webtoon "Convenience Store Saet-Byul written by Hwalhwasan. The series was aired on SBS from June 19 to August 8, 2020. The show starts with a prologue. Choi Dae-Hyun walks through an alley and encounters three teenage girls.
9) Cheese In The Trap (2016)
Cheese In The Trap was adapted by a webtoon of the same name written by Soonkki serialized on Naver Webtoon from 2010 to 2016. The webtoon amassed popularity which resulted in the formation of the K-drama. The drama focuses on the life and relationships of a group of university students, particularly the difficult relationship between hardworking scholarship student Hong-Seol and her deceptively kind senior, Yoo-Jung. The K-drama had an original ending since the webtoon was not complete at that time.
8) The Uncanny Counter (2020)
Based on the webtoon "Amazing Rumour" by Jang Yi, it was later transformed into a K-Drama. It starred Jo Byung-Gyu, Yoo Jun-Sang, Kim Se-Jong, and Yeom Hye-Ran. One of Netflix's original series, it had fans watching every episode for its action sequences, heartfelt story, and heartbreaking scenes. The show centers around a disabled teen who is allowed to join the counters.
7) Hell Is Other People (2019)
Based on the Naver Webtoon series of the same name by Kim Yong-Gi, it is the second series of OCN's "Dramatic Cinema" project which combines film and drama formats. It aired from August 31 to October 6, 2019. If you are not into romantic K-Dramas, this K-drama was made for you. The psychological thriller centers around a young man in his 20s who moves to Seoul after getting a job. He stays in a low-end apartment where he shares the bathroom and kitchen with other residents. As he continues to stay there, odd occurrences begin making him suspicious and fearful of his neighbors.
6) Love Alarm (2019)
Based on the Daum Webtoon of the same name by Chon Kye-Young, it follows the life of a high school girl in a society greatly influenced by a mobile app that is capable of notifying whether someone within their vicinity has romantic feelings for them. Love Alarm is the first Korean series for pick up by Netflix. It got fans hooked on the young love story and an interesting love triangle.
5) Extraordinary You (2019)
Starring Kim Hye-Yoon, Rowoon, Lee Jae-Wook, and Lee Na-Eun, it is based on the webtoon "July Found By Chance". It was first published in January 2018 on Daum Webtoon. This drama is known for its interesting twists in the teen drama storylines. The main character discovers that her life and the world they live in is a fantasy world in a comic. The comic writer gives her mediocre fate of getting engaged to someone who hates her and she's expected to die soon. In a turn of events, she writes her own story to find true love, but it comes at a cost.
4) My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018)
2018 released K-Drama "My ID Is Gangnam Beauty" starring Im Soo-Hyang, Cha Eun-Woo, Joo Woo-Ri, Kwak Dong-Yeon. Based on the webtoon of the same name published in 2016 by Naver Webtoon, it centers on the life of a college student who went under cosmetic surgery to evade bullies, yet her decision seems to backfire as he peers decided to make fun of the fact that she is living under a mask now. The title of the K-Drama and Webtoon highlights the Korean word Gangnammiin, a derogatory term used for people who are attractive but look as if they went through several surgeries to get a pretty face or a hot body or both.
3) Itaewon Class (2020)
Based on the webtoon of the same name, it is the first series to be produced by the film distribution company Snowbox. Based on the webtoon of the same name, it starred Park Seo-Jun, Kim Da-Mi, Yoo Jae-Myung, and Kwon Nara. Park Seo-Jun has a similar personality with the character of the webtoon, especially the haircut. The K-Drama is a story of struggles and making it in life. Mixed with a lot of drama and a bit of romance. It even won the "Best Drama Series" at the 25th Asian Television Awards.
2) What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018)
"What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" is a 2018 K-Drama starring Park Seo-Jun and Park Min-Young. It is based on the novel of the same name by Jung Kyung-Yoon which was first published in 2013 and then was serialized into a webtoon comic by KakaoPage in 2015. The show is highly talked about and so is the webtoon it is based on. The K-Drama and webtoon follow the same story. It revolves around a stoic, arrogant, and yet handsome Vice President of a major corporation who is set to lose his dedicated and trusted secretary who was with him for the past nine years. Once hearing of her resignation, he comes to realize how much he needs her in his life. He goes into a spiral of attraction, feelings, and jealousy when it comes to her. Along the way, they fall in love and realize they were fated all along since they were kids.
1) True Beauty (2020)
Based on the line webtoon of the same name by Yaongyi, it starred Moon Ga-Young, Hwang In-Youp, Cha Eun-Woo, and Park Yoo-Na. It centers on a high school girl, who after being bullied and discriminated against because of being perceived as ugly, masters the art of makeup to transform herself into a gorgeous person. It was a smash hit after it was released. The drama enthralled the audience as it had a riveting love triangle which was worth the attention. The creator expressed it was a dream come true to see her work turned into a drama.
If you're into Webtoons, you should definitely try these K dramas. Bet you will enjoy it.