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As far as YA adaptations go, we’ve got movies, TV shows, and even musicals. But a lot of book adaptations are finding a home on WEBTOON.
Some of the books that have been adapted are The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, The Fever King by Victoria Lee, Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf, and I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells coming soon.
Webtoons are a great way of revisiting stories you already know and love, but also of discovering others that you haven’t read the book they are based on yet.
So far, this is a pretty diverse list, with everything from fantasy to thriller in the mix, but hopefully more adaptations will make their way into the platform. In the meantime, you can head to the WEBTOON website, and if you feel like reading a fantasy you can read The Fever King. If you like your fantasy with a side of romance, try The Wrath & the Dawn. If you are in the mood for a zombie story, check out Rot and Ruin. And if your cup of tea is historical fiction with some OCD rep, try The Weight of Our Sky!
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Webtoons is definitely a website and app that I highly recommend to individuals who want to read on the go, but they also don’t want to carry around a book or a magazine. I recommend it even more highly for people who love manga and comic books, because it is extremely convenient to have web comics that one can access via a smart phone.
While one can find basically any genre on Webtoons, I have a tendency to lean towards the fantasy webtoons. Naturally, I encourage readers to explore the website itself and see what sort of stories appeal to them, but for a few good starting points, check out the list below.
Here are five fantasy webtoons that you should definitely read.
1. “Lore olympus”
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Lore Olympus, by Rachel Smythe, is by far, one of my favorite Webtoons currently being serialized. Please be warned that this particular series does deal with some pretty heavy topics, and one of those topics would be sexual violence. While the Olympians live in a more modern setting, the human realm has not yet modernized, so they remain in a more Hellenic setting.
This series follows Persephone, goddess of spring and the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest. This is a very new take on the myth of how Persephone becomes the queen of the underworld, and so far, I am adoring the changes that are being made. Hades is now a suave business man who, unlike his two brothers, takes his work very seriously and cares about the souls in his care. Persephone is a young goddess who is rooming with Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, and Persephone is a new college student on scholarship. What makes this rendition of Persephone so fascinating is how it pulls upon the pre-Hellenic interpretation of Persephone, where she isn’t just a spring goddess–she also has a much darker, much more dangerous side to her personality. We get to see the Greek gods interacting with one another, and some of these interactions are infuriating and heartbreaking. Regardless, this series continues to provide an impressive amount of intrigue.
2. “Siren’s lament”
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Siren’s Lament, by instantmiso, follows Lyra, a young woman who runs a flower shop on the seashore. Lyra is in love with her best friend’s elder brother, but she is also too frightened to confess these feelings to said love interest. One night, while she is walking alongside the ocean, she sees a man who she thinks is drowning. What she finds, instead, is Ian, a siren who is trying to break his curse and become a human once again. Shenanigans ensue, and the two of them accidentally end up splitting the curse between the two of them, so now they must work together to completely break the curse while fighting against the nature of the curse–which is that it can’t be broken, but it can be transferred to another person. While that is the easier way to break the curse, Lyra doesn’t want to force another individual to exist as a siren. The soundtrack for this series is absolutely gorgeous, and it adds a particular ambiance to the story that I love.
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Muted, by Miranda Mundt, follows the young witch Camille Severin. Orphaned at a young age, Camille has lived with her cousin and domineering aunt from a young age. The story begins just before Camille’s twenty-first birthday, where she is expected to conjure up and form a pact with a demon. However, this demon is supposed to be a being already affiliated with the Severin family. So when Camille ends up summoning a different being, she panics and pretends to botch the ritual. This series discusses the silencing of one’s identity and the damage attached to this act, and one can see that through how Camille actively ignores part of her family lineage and how she is scared (and understandably so) into hiding away her sexual orientation from her aunt and her cousin. When given the space to embrace her identities though, Camille is also able to begin the healing process that, while living under her aunt’s crushing expectations, she couldn’t start. She redoes the summoning ritual, and in doing so, begins to accept herself for who she is.
4. “cursed Princess club”
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The Cursed Princess Club, by LambCat, is one of the most adorable and heartfelt series that I have ever come across. This series champions self-love, even when one is not conventionally beautiful. Gwendolyn is a princess of the Pastel kingdom. She has a loving family comprised of a father and three siblings who adore her for who she is as a person. That is… until the princes from the Plaid kingdom arrive. The three princes of the Plaid kingdom are arranged to marry the three princesses of the Pastel kingdom, and while Gwendolyn’s sisters connect with their respective fiances, Gwendolyn’s fiance is horrified by her appearance. Gwendolyn’s self-perception is completely altered by overhearing his opinion of her. Shortly after hearing this, Gwendolyn encounters the Cursed Princess Club, a group of princesses who all possess various curses. One princess turns into a magpie, another’s nose grows if she lies, and another was turned into a human–when once she was a gorgeous lobster. These princesses become Gwendolyn’s support group, and they encourage her to love herself for who she is.
5. “rise from the ashes”
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Rise From The Ashes by Madeleine Rosca presents itself as a series where the living and the dead have lived alongside one another for millenia now. This world is watched over by the Red Crows, an organization of mediums who can control the spirit world. However, change is soon about to rock the balance of this world, and spirits and humanity may soon find that their coexistence is about to be brutally altered. It is up to one ghost, content to haunt her house, to answer the call and prevent this change from taking place.
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