This webtoon made it reeeeaally hard for me to study last week. I would be studying terms for my history exam coming up in the next few days, and in the back of my head, I just kept thinking I need to read more chapters. I need to read more chapters. So when I thought it was time I should take a break. I would tell myself I was going to read one chapter. And then I’d end up reading like ten.
Our Relationship Is… is a perfect example of that you can have a cliche premise/plot and still manage to have a really enjoyable, good story. The two main characters, Doh Gayoung and Han Woojin are very likable characters. You know exactly what it is that they like about each other and you know when each started liking the other (at least friendwise). Gayoung at first thought of Woojin as intimidating. It wasn’t until she realized his genuine friendliness towards her and others that she warms up to him, which was hard for her due to being bullied by a close friend of hers in middle school. Woojin feels that Gayoung is someone he wants to be friends with after seeing her get along with and making his mom really happy. Something I admire the webtoon for is that it didn’t need to give Gayoung and Woojin personalities that contrasted to an extreme extent. They actually have a good number of similarities. I don’t know I just don’t see that a lot of these kinds of stories about romantic friendships.
You see how the way they perceive each other changes slightly as they get older along with their relationship dynamic changing. For example, at the beginning of the webtoon Gayoung described Woojin as carefree, however later in the story when they start dating she describes him as someone who doesn’t tell others about his issues because he’s afraid of burdening them and that he puts other’s problems before his own. It’s really interesting to see the two grow together and the problems they deal with feel more adult than one from a lot of romances. Like not having time for each other or taking their frustration out on one another due to work or familial issues.
I’m also very very very very happy that Our Relationship Is… didn’t turn into a story about an affair. When Han Woojin started dating Gayoung’s friend, which is around the time Gayoung realized her feelings for Woojin were more than platonic, I got worried that this would become a story including an affair, which would damage how much I liked Woojin and Gayoung. But to my happiness, it didn’t get to that so…yay.
I’m really surprised this webtoon isn’t more popular. It’s a really good read and I think I’d recommend it to just about anyone. The side characters are likable, the main characters are extremely likable, everything about the webtoon is likable. Well…aside from the last chapter which I have to say was underwhelming.
I heard it’s getting a live k-drama adaptation so I’m really excited for that. Maybe that’ll get it more notice.
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