The book community is buzzing with webtoons, but you must wonder where some of these epic stories originated. A lot of your favorite webtoons are adapted from Korean web novels. These web novels are referred to as light novels as they are fast-paced stories meant to be consumed in short chapters. These novels bring us tales of grand romances, unlikely heroes, found families, and more. Unfortunately, finding translated web novels is not always the easiest task. Webtoons allow us to consume these amazing stories in a whole new art form. Here are 10 Korean web novels that were adapted into webtoons.
Navier was the perfect empress for the empire, so she never expected the betrayal she would face in the form of her husband’s new mistress. Navier’s husband demands a divorce, but Navier is not one to accept defeat so easily. In a shocking twist of events, Navier remarries the king of a neighboring kingdom.
This royal drama is not your typical romance but the story of a woman fighting against society to retain her noble status and personal happiness. This novel was adapted in 2019 and is still ongoing, with 139 chapters.
The story begins when the servant Edna is sent to Duke Eli in replacement of her employer’s noble daughter. This bridal ruse begins to unravel, and we learn that Edna has a bigger secret with the potential to rewrite the kingdom’s history.
This thrilling romance is sure to keep you on your toes as Edna looks forward to her future with the Duke while having to face the demons of her past. The novel was adapted in 2016, and the webtoon is now completed with 103 chapters and an ongoing sequel webtoon.
Sung Jinwoo is known as “The weakest hunter of all mankind,” but a fateful dungeon raid leaves him the sole survivor and changes his life forever. Suddenly, he is chosen by a mysterious new system as its sole player allowing him to level up his abilities to new heights. Jinwoo now faces a new adventure facing both humans and monsters.
Video game lovers are sure to enjoy this action-packed fantasy as the underdog slowly climbs to the top. The novel was adapted in 2018, and the webtoon is now completed with 200 chapters.
Juvelian is a despised villainess who died a pitiful death, but this is only the beginning of her story. She is thrown back in time and chooses to live her life differently. Juvelian breaks up with her lover, stops fighting for her father’s love, and plans to just enjoy her second chance at life. Unfortunately, her plans are disrupted when she fears her father is going to arrange a marriage with the fearsome prince. Juvelian quickly makes a contract with her father’s student to avoid the engagement and maintain her own happiness.
This romantic tale of time travel is sure to warm your heart as Juvelian transforms into a new person and learns her former life was not all that she imagined it was. The novel was adapted in 2021 and is currently ongoing with 115 chapters.
After Noa passes away from overwork, she possesses the body of Eleanora; the villainess of a novel she read in her past life. Noa is determined to avoid Eleanora’s fate and simply enjoy a peaceful and stress-free life. Noa’s plans are quickly disrupted when a baby dragon imprints on her instead of the heroine, changing the course of the novel drastically.
This transmigration fantasy story will satisfy all your genre needs as Noa battles against her fate and looks forward to a new future. The novel was adapted in 2021 and is ongoing with 66 chapters.
Maise Hazelnut may be the hero’s love interest, but she realizes it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. As a 21st-century woman, Maise wants to avoid her role in the reverse harem novel and decide her own fate. Maise’s plans change drastically when she is set up on a blind date with the mysterious Eith Lancel. Maise may find that there’s more to him than meets the eye.
If you’re a fan of non-traditional fairy tales, you will enjoy seeing Maise step out of her traditional role and write her own story. The novel was adapted in 2020 and is completed with 91 chapters.
Ariadne believes her life will be a short one when she is born as the daughter of Caitel; the tyrant emperor. Ariadne believes her biggest threat is her father’s ruthless nature. She is determined to melt her father’s cold heart and live a long and happy life.
This heartwarming story is sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy as the tyrant emperor succumbs to familial affection. The novel was adapted in 2015 and is completed with 244 chapters.
11-year-old Estelle’s life was miserable, but she never imagined her own mother would sell her off. Estelle’s life changes completely when she learns that the buyer is actually her father. Estelle’s future brightens as she realizes she’s the daughter of the famous Duke Castielo. Estelle slowly but surely grows into her role as the lady of the house as she faces the obstacles headed for house Castielo.
This rags-to-riches story is sure to appeal to those who enjoy a fantasy coming-of-age story. The novel was adapted in 2018 and is completed with 155 chapters.
Dokja was your average office worker content to spend his days reading his favorite apocalyptic web novel, but everything shifts when the novel becomes a reality. As the only one who knows the story’s ending, it’s up to Dokja to help change the course of the story and the fate of the world itself.
This action-packed story is perfect for apocalyptic and thriller lovers. The novel was adapted in 2020 and is ongoing with 158 chapters.
Ha-ri Shin only attended the blind date to help out her best friend; she never expected that a plan to scare away the date would go awry. The blind date turns out to be her new and attractive boss Taemu Kang. Ha-ri hopes her disguise and quick thinking will get her out of the situation, but Taemu has his own plans. Taemu proclaims he will marry the girl on the blind date to help get his family off his back. Ha-ri and Taemu are then engaged in a charming back and forth that may end as a real proposal.
This romantic drama is sure to keep you on your toes as you enjoy this office romance rooted in misunderstandings. The novel was adapted in 2018 and is now completed with 124 chapters.
If you’re dying to know more about what happens in these amazing stories, hop on your designated webtoon site and start scrolling!