Cheese in the Trap (치즈인더트랩)
If you are looking for commentary on Nicki Minaj’s song, “Beez in the Trap,” you come to the wrong place. Today I will be talking about my new obsession, the South Korean webtoon, Cheese in the Trap, created by Soonkki. This webtoon is going to be a live-action South Korean drama in the fall, so I decided to read it right now to see what all the hype is about.
Hong Sul is a hard-working overachiever. She returns to college after a year-long break and encounters a senior from her business department, Yoo Jung, who has suddenly started to be nice to her. He offers to help her with her assignments, and takes her out to eat. Hong Sul is skeptical and suspicious about the way Yoo Jung is acting because her first impression of him wasn’t that great. In fact, she considers him superficial and judgmental when she met him a year ago.
(Left: Hong Sul, Right: Yoo Jung Via MyAnimeList)
First of all, I want to say that I enjoy the art style, especially when it comes to the characters. I also enjoyed the characterization of the two main protagonists, Hong Sul and Yoo Jung. Hong Sul is a strong, independent female character. She kind of reminds me of myself. When it comes to education, she works hard to earn the grades she receives. As for Yoo Jung, he is a difficult character to categorize because he seems to have a hidden agenda when it comes to hanging out with Hong Sul. From the stories Hong Sul tells the readers, Yoo Jung seems to be two-face. He acts all kind and considerate towards others, but then he has this cold and rude personality when he isn’t in front of a crowd. So far, it is hard to detect his feelings and true intentions. I am not sure whether he really does like Hong Sul, but I guess I will have to continue reading to find out.
Cheese in The Trap depicts student life in a university well. Some of the topics that the characters experience is the affordability of college tuition, the stress of getting good grades in classes, and maintaining a social life. These are all issues that every university students goes through, and I can honestly say that I have been through these troubles too. Although it isn’t an accurate depiction of university life, Cheese in the Trap is a relatable webtoon for college students.
Furthermore, the storytelling structure of the webtoon goes from the present-day to flashbacks. As a result, the reader is slowly piecing together the answers to why Hong Sul and Yoo Jung feel uneasy with each other as well as what is happening in the daily lives and drama of the other students that they are surrounded by. By switching between present and past time, we get an interesting narrative and as readers, we are trying to figure out what is going on.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this webtoon to readers. I was instantly hooked at the end of the first chapter.