by Whitney Grace
South Korea is known for its addicting TV dramas with complex plot lines, impossible romances, and enough beautiful actors to make one swoon. One of the more intriguing aspects of Korean dramas is that they do not lack stories about royalty, which always intrigues American audiences’ interest. Korean manwha is not any different and Yen Press imported Goong, the romantic dramedy about Korea’s royal family. Goong is set in an alternate reality where the Korean royal family has maintained their rule in the modern day.
Crown prince Shin and Chae-Kyung found happiness in their arranged marriage, but external forces led them to divorce. They have been maintaining their composure, trying to rebuild their lives apart from one another. Despite their attempts, love still lingers in both their hearts. Shin makes several attempts to see Chae-Kyung, but she believes it is in his best interest to stay away. He will eventually need to find another wife and Chae-Kyung’s rejections make him seek refuge with his ex-girlfriend Hyo-Rin. If that wasn’t enough, the political factions, especially Prince Yul, are hardly done with the divorced pair.
Drama, drama, drama! These epic romances are full of them as they put all of their characters through one kind of turmoil after another until they find happiness or the series ends, whichever comes first. Goong is still going strong after thirteen volumes and the main couple’s divorce adds a new level of tension and freshness after going for so long. Character development is very well thought in this series without making any of the boys overly sappy or the girls the crying, lovelorn type. A few side characters play into typical romantic archetypes, quite forgivable, as they are the comic relief.
Goong will probably last thirteen more volumes as the drama ebbs and flows with the tides.