In deciding what to write about today, looking at all of the things that are currently tickling my k-fancy (and there’s a lot) I’ve decided to follow SaraG’s Musical Monday lead and go with a webtoon inspired post. Within her post on the music from Lost In Translation, she mentioned how often webtoons are translated into dramas — and she’s not wrong. Many of our favorite shows go right from the computer screen to the computer screen.
And now we have a new one which circles us back around again.
This drama called July Found By Chance is not only being picked up for a live-action adaptation, but it’s also being done by MBC as a full drama, rather than the usual short episode web drama — makes sense considering webtoons are epically long. Seriously, so long! I’ve tried to read a few and then lose interest partway through — which is why I love a good adaptation, lots of meat cut down into plate-sized portions.
This web drama/webtoon is about a bunch of characters of a manhwa who realize they are in a manhwa and decide to try and act un-manhwa like. That sentence only makes sense if you know manhwas are mangas…and that explanation only makes sense if you know mangas are like graphic novels.
How’s that for a picture in a picture in a picture?
I wonder how the story goes, what’s the point of acting un-manhwa like, do they think they’ll escape the story? Or is it taking control of their own lives? Considering that even if they are part of a prewritten story, they can still do what they want? But if it’s within the writing of the story, how do they know that’s not what the story is? Hmmm. Picture in picture.
Of course, you’re probably saying right now if I had only read the webtoon I’d actually know what the plot is — to which I say — good point. However, this isn’t always true, right? Didn’t the Clean With a Passion of Now drama add an entirely new character? Last fall’s Dokgo Rewind mini-drama was actually a prequel to the existing written story… and everyone knows the books are not always like the dramas. (Especially in webtoons, I believe we’ve already gone over how long they are — something has to get cut or condensed in order to tell one overarching story.)
Still, the premise interests me.
The production team is currently trying to sign on SF9’s Rowoon for his first leading role. While I don’t know much about him, I didn’t stick around his last drama Where The Stars Land long enough to actually see his part, looking at his picture above, he looks a lot like the hero in a webtoon. I’ll be interested to know if he actually takes the role though unless it messes with his SF9 schedule, I could see how a leading role would be a hard thing to turn down. My guess? He’s going to sign on. Who can say no to an upgrade in status?
All in all, exciting things happening in Kdrama nowadays!