Want to start reading manhwa?

A cover poster of the manhwa The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass.

Courtesy of SanSobee, Webtoon, Kakaopage, and Antstudio.

A cover poster of the manhwa “The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass.” Courtesy of SanSobee, Webtoon, Kakaopage, and Antstudio.

Marika Alexander, Staff Writer

Now you may be asking yourself exactly what manhwa is. Manhwa is the general Korean term used for comics and print cartoons. So the stories you see on Webtoon or Tappytoon are all classified as manhwa.

Manhwa is very similar to regular comics or Japanese manga but also somewhat different. Unlike comics and manga, the majority of manhwa are colored and formatted differently, but are still worth the read. 

The genres in manhwa span far and wide. Many common genres in manhwa are fantasy, reincarnation, transfer to another world, villainess, and many more. The key is to find a story that peaks your interest and makes you want to read it nonstop.

Personally, I prefer to go the fantasy and villainess genre routes. A majority of the time, I usually read a mixture of both categories. The plots are very interesting and revolve around the main character’s master plan to achieve their goals. I’m a sucker for those stories and I never get tired of them.

For beginning readers, I would recommend stories like “Who Made Me a Princess?,” “The Golden Haired Elementalist,” or “The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass.” These stories all have magical elements in them and also strong and empowering main characters. These stories are currently still updating but I enjoyed reading them very much. I can’t wait until the next updates for these stories.

Manhwa might be something totally different to what many people normally read, but I strongly encourage people to give these stories a try. Sites like Webtoon, Tappytoon, and others tend to have the English translations for these wonderful stories.