Regular / In which Mitchii recommends one of her favorites, My Beautiful World by Maru.
my beautiful world
On Spotlight: A special post where I feature some of my favorite reads! Apart from my occasional “great rec post!” I’m also keen on giving full or in-depth post on series: may it graphic novels or in the future books that I truly loved. And perhaps you might pick this up and read it, too!

I’m excited to share to you my undying love for this series called My Beautiful World (나의 빛나는 세계 )—a Korean webtoon created by Maru (마루) published in Daum and officially available in English @ spottoon.

My Beautiful World is about Yurim, a freshman in university. After the sexual harassment happened back in high school she decided to move out and live on her own. There she met June, a 30-year old man (he like the rest of his family is very young looking) with blond-pinkish hair color who always saved her from these incidents—incidents that prompted because Yurim has an ability to see ill-intentions from a person. When a person has dark intentions towards another, to her hey eyes he/she is shrouded by black fog. And because of this she stays away from people. But June was there to help her out slowly gain confidence and build social connection once more.

나는 자람들이무접나.
사 람의 성격은 언져 변한지 모르 니 까.그 사람이 정말
좋은 사람이 는 보장도
없 다그리고내 겐 ‘변하는 모 습’이모 인다.
* Translation: I am afraid of people. You never know when a person will change. There is no such thing as a truly good person. And, I can literally see the instant they change. *

— Yurim (나의 빛나는 세계, Chapter 1 Season 1)

나의 빛나는 세계 2
나의 빛나는 세계 2

This is one the first few webtoons series I tried. I was so reluctant to try webtoons before. But I fell hard and never looked back. I was easily attracted with cutesy character design, but the story has what kept me going on. I liked how mellow the tone of the story but there was still needed grit every now and then. The romance was super swoon-worthy too. You know me, I easily fall in love with fictional boys but June was just so perfect for me, that if he was a real guy he’s the ideal partner for me. He was too unreal (well he is), so caring, so mature (well he’s 30 so…) and so everything I like in a guy! Yurim was indeed blessed to have him.

I liked Yurim as well but June was hands down my favorite character in this series (obviously!). He too had personal life weights to carry but after the big revelation I fell more in love with him. He wasn’t perfect in any way but the way he handled things was one of the things I admired in him.

나의 빛나는 세계 3
나의 빛나는 세계 3

This is one of the reason why plotting is so important because you’ll realize as the story progresses that each scene is part of the grander scale. And that’s mind blowing! After I read the last chapter and read the series in its entirety I understood that the author had already a clear vision of what the ending would be; because the moments in the very beginning, even the moments afterwards were perfectly connected in the this huge jigsaw puzzle the author had prepared. And with that mad props to you dear author! I loved what you did there! (It’s kinda hard to pull back the rein and not tell you the spoilers but take me from me it was totally surprising!)

For fans of Korean slice-of-life dramas this will definitely tickle your fancy! It has all those cutesy elements we all love about Korean rom-coms but I’m happy to say that My Beautiful World has so much more to offer than that! I lost count of how many times I’ve already read this! Says so much on how much I loved it!

Note: I personally typed the Hangeul dialogues directly from the raws so if you find mistakes, do tell! ^^ — I’m just practicing my Korean so I’m bound to make mistakes… ;D) Banner feature by freepik!)