Webtoons are South Korean webcomics that have garnered widespread appeal in numerous nations. They include horror, romance, comedy, and historical fiction, among others. Netflix has chosen to ride the “Korean wave” by streaming webtoon-based K-drama series. These adaptations are immensely successful. The series “The King’s Affection” is an example.
This series was made available worldwide on Netflix on October 11, 2021, the same date it originally aired on KBS2 (Korean Broadcasting System). Lee SoYoung authored and illustrated the webcomic with an identical title. “The King’s Affection” is a 20-episode romance/historical fiction Korean drama. After seeing the first episode, it will be difficult for you to say, “Meh!” I’m not interested.”
What Happens in the First Episode?
In Episode 1, a crown princess has twins. In Joseon, Korea’s last dynastic kingdom, people thought that having twins was a bad sign. Especially fraternal twins, who have the same father and mother. The crown princess is told to keep the boy baby and kill the girl baby. She is also told not to tell anyone about the birth of the twins. The crown princess made it look like her daughter had died so she could send her away from the palace. The problem should have been solved, but it wasn’t.
Life Carries on and Babies Don’t Stay Babies Forever!
When the twins are between 9 and 11 years old, they meet each other by accident. The young crown prince is surprised to see that a young girl who looks just like him is working as a maid in the palace. He comes up with a plan for them to switch places, but he doesn’t know that the girl is actually his sister. He gets her to agree to dress up as him and wear his clothes. In return, he dresses up like her, which lets him sneak out of the palace and see the world. After having fun, he goes back to the palace, where he and the others change clothes and things go back to normal.
If these sweet, innocent children hadn’t been surrounded by cruel, murderous adults, their play plan might have worked. Instead, the crown prince was killed when “the switch” went wrong. The prince is the young girl’s brother, but she didn’t know it until she was caught at the palace wearing his royal clothes.
When her mother finds out what happened, she makes her stay in the palace and act like the crown prince. The crown princess has already lost her only son, and she can’t stand the thought of losing her only daughter too.
Poor Dam-Yi. She is not herself anymore. She is now her brother, Lee Hwi, the crown prince, and she has to keep her true identity a secret. OR DIE!! So she grows up pretending to be a man, surrounded by the cruel adults who killed her brother, her parents, a few loyal servants, and one very annoying uncle who keeps trying to convince everyone that she is not “the real prince.”
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Dam-Yi Has More Than One Secret, Though
About the same time that Dam-Yi and her brother switched places, something else happened. She met Jung Ji-Un, a young boy when she worked as a maid (or Ji-woon). He came from a wealthy family, and they became friends right away. When she is old enough, he will be her teacher.
She knows him, but he doesn’t know that she was his friend when they were kids. She can’t tell anyone that she knew him when they were kids. They each start to feel something for the other. Jung Ji-Un, on the other hand, doesn’t understand why he feels so strongly attracted to the crown prince and is troubled by his feelings. In his own words, he said, “I’m a mess.”
The two main characters are:
- Crown Prince Lee Hwi / Dam-Yi / Yeon-Seon played by Park Eun-bin
- Jung Ji-Un, Lee Hwi’s teacher played by Ro Woon.
Webtoons are South Korean webcomics that have garnered widespread appeal. Netflix has chosen to ride the “Korean wave” by streaming webtoon-based K-drama series. “The King’s Affection” is a 20-episode romance/historical fiction Korean drama. She grows up pretending to be a man, surrounded by adults who want to convince her that she is not “the real prince”. The two main characters are played by Park Eun-bin and Ro Woon.