Oh my garsh, this is totally huge news in manhwa-to-drama adaptation dream projects. Well-known popular Korean girl’s comic Bride of the Water God by Yeon Mi Kyung is finally getting its long-awaited drama adaptation. The network isn’t confirmed yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up on tVN since the screenwriter will be Misaeng screenwriter Jung Yoon Jung. She did not write Misaeng but adapted it from the original manhwa, so her track record of adapting manhwas into K-dramas is 1-for-Super 1, LOL! Even better is her previous work of doing original scripts were two sageuks, Arang and the Magistrate and Chosun Police Season 2. This sounds like the perfect pairing right off the bat so here’s to hoping the drama casts the right actors and actresses for the fantastical roles set in the world of ancient gods.
Bride of the Water God tells the story of a human beauty Soah who is sent to “marry” the ancient water god deity Habaek in order to appease his wrath. She ends up not eaten but instead taken away to his water kingdom to live as his bride, whereby she discovers a world of ancient gods and powerful forces all battling for thousands of years. She believes Habaek is a young boy so the marriage isn’t consummated, and along the way she falls for a mysterious man named Mui.
Turns out Mui is Habaek’s true grown man form who only emerges at night after he was cursed by his first love. I tried soooooo hard to read this manhwa since it’s so popular but I can’t get into it because I don’t like Yeon Mi Kyung’s florid drawing style or storytelling flow, which is a shame since I’ve heard great things about it. I actually cut my losses and stopped reading hoping for a drama adaptation to come along sooner rather than later, giving me a chance to experience the story in a style I will likely find less onerous to plow through. Which makes this news just my style, as Jae Yeol and Hae Soo would say in IOIL!