The Rising Popularity Of Webtoon And K-Dramas Adapted From It


Korean Wave becomes a global trend in the Entertainment industry. From K-Pop music and Korean Snacks up to beauty products, people are enjoying the South Korean vibe. Their Webtoon gains popularity around the world making the country produce a rising number of K-Dramas adapted from it.

Webtoons are digital comics with thousands of stories across different genres. It can be a mobile application, a website, or published on various online platforms. Due to increasing readers of webtoons, production and broadcasting companies are actively craving opportunities to transform them into drama series. The great success of the pioneers has prompted the trend of turning webtoons into K-Dramas.

Here are some of the Famous K-Dramas adapted from Webtoon stories:

  1. True Beauty

True Beauty, created by Yaongyi, was once labeled as a drama and read entirely as a Korean drama show. But recently, in the plot, the love triangle has gotten a little heavier and the genre of the comic has been changed to romance. Since then, this series has become so popular that an adaptation of the TV series has been made, which pleased fans as it was one of the comics that readers most wanted to adapt.

  1. Sweet Home

South Korea’s apocalyptic horror TV series starring Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook and Lee Si-young. The series was released on Netflix on December 18, 2020, based on Naver’s webtoon of the same name by Kim Kan-bi and Hwang Young-chan, which recorded over 1.4 billion net views.

  1. Itaewon Class

This Jo Gwang-jin webtoon was adapted into an Itaewon Class K-drama of the same name. It has since been one of the subjects most spoken about in 2020, second only to the unfortunate bowl haircut of Park Seo-jun. Park Sae-ro-yi and his group of friends follow the lead as they navigate together through the ups and downs of life.

  1. My I.D. is Gangnam Beauty

Kee Maeng-kee has written My ID Is Gangnam Beauty and has gained much attention for its emphasis on Korean beauty ideals and plastic surgery. Join Kang Mi-rae as she attempts to adapt after undergoing plastic surgery to her new life at university. She meets Do Kyung-seok, who, beyond her looks, appreciates and loves her.

  1. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim was first published before being adapted into an online comic as a novel written by Jung Kyung-yoo. It was transformed into a drama in 2018 that captured the hearts of many. Lee Young-joon is a wealthy and handsome vice president of a major business. His right hand is Kim Mi-so, a competent secretary who has been working for him for almost 9 years. Then, all of a sudden she decided to quit.

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