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THE GOLDEN SPOON Webtoons by Korean Artist/Writer/Creator, HD3

Writer: Malphunkson

A short article about the webtoon which is now a 16 episode Korean Fanatasy Drama.

#webtoons #TheGoldenSpoon #HD3 #kdrama


Would you trade your poor but loving family for a life of riches? When Seungcheon gets his hands on a magical spoon that allows him to switch lives with his rich best friend, he thinks it’s a no-brainer. But life-altering decisions are always accompanied by a sense of doubt, and with only three chances to change his mind, Seungcheon has to decide which of his two possible futures is worth keeping.
NB: All images Copyright, HD3 & Webtoons 

Hollywood producers in the 90s, and even to this day, would drive up to local comic stores to see which latest American comic book they could use to come up with ideas or purchase for IPs to make tv shows or movies. In recent years this has been the case with Korea and Webtoons. Korean dramas are also strip mining popular 웹툰 (Webtoon) comics mobile screen cenrtric Manwha on the mobile app.

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As a writer, I want readers to access my stories anyway they can, Thats really what we as writers want, to have as many people read and be able to enjoy our creations. So, I've even considered writing a webtoon style mobile readable comic. There is one story I've thought that might work called, The Tawdish Children™. The story is based on a very long dream I had where I saw the entire story dream play out through the life of a 15/17 year old female teenager who tries to survive after a nulcear winter as well as the stories of those left behind.

Its a mix of comics, light novel and prose, sketch book collages all wrapped into a single story spanning over the span of the main characters life from when the nuclear holocaust took place. But, I would need an artist who can do all it then work with several on each portion of the tale. But, I digress.

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I was actually working on an article for our blog section. However, I got very busy and didn't get around to completing it. So, here's just one webtoon turned into the latest K-Drama. I am sure to get around to it this year for a more indept write up.The Golden Spoon by writer/artist, HD3. I only decided to watch it due to it's interesting premise, though not knowing anything about the webtoom story it is based on. It's basicall Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper which I first came to see in a tv movie way back in the early 80s here in Nw Zealand after migrating. Not to mention it felt like Trading Places movie as well. This story is set in a current day South Korea.

However, early on in the first episode I was able ascertain that yes, this could be based on webtoon due to the character of the father alone. You will see if you read or watch the 16 episode series with 75mins runtime each.
There is something to be said that a webtoon which only has 6 chapters and isn't very detailed yet is able to capture 2.9mil viewers and subscribers 65,622 and a grade of 9.15 rating could even have a tv series based on it. 

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The story isn't orginal, but it plays on the yearning of every person, "what would my life be if I was to swap it with another's who has a better life than me?" However, we all know that everyone has problems, and that 'the grass isn't always greener over the fence than we first thought'.

Which is what makes this story and series so much more interesting than a classic switching places tale. However, wanting to consider the fantasy or dream is still in us all. All of us at sometime as kids wondered what it would be like to switch our parents. Thats only cause we have a child's understanding of the world or the people around us and the lives they lead. And I think that is what makes us want to watch and write these types of stories. Life doesn't always turn out the way we want it to and we can never chose which family we are born into. And we can only do our best with what we have.

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Watching the parents struggle through being providers with the basic capabilities they have is very heartbreaking at times and one wonders if HD3 is trying to give us a look into his own life? However, as a creative I can also see the struggling artist in him as he places himself into the struggles of the comic artist father who struggles between trying to get his work out or, debase him self to pay bills.  It is very easy to think that the struggles of the main character is what we should be paying attention to, yet the other characters have so much more going on as they themselves struggle without a Golden Spon to help them to by-pass to riches etc.

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I hope HD3 did well with purchase of the rights of his work. After all, I wouldn't want to see him be like the father of the main character. He is only one of many who have had their webtoons turned to K-Dramas in recent years as the Korean film and tv industry runs out of ideas and turn to comic artist/writers for ideas. Much like Hollywood. However, unlike Hollywood the Koreans don't change the story for diversity or idealogy or virtue signals. Which is why is it so refreshing.Give both the webtoon and the series a go. You might enjoy it.

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