Surviving Romance

Alt title: Saranameun Romance

Ch: 101
2021 - 2023
4.343 out of 5 from 985 votes
Rank #208
Surviving Romance

When Chaerin Eun becomes the protagonist of the romance novel she is reading, she expects a fairytale ending with the novel’s love interest, Jeha. But when a bizarre twist makes her realize the story is not playing out as it does in the book, she’ll need the help of an unlikely character from her class to defy the new storyline and find her happy ending -- if only she can figure out who this ‘Unknown Extra’ is first!

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Quite an overdue review here, but because of its steady development, I had to read more before making a proper review. However, it's an incredible manhwa balanced in all departments and has not disappointed with a single chapter. If you're looking for a suspense-heavy zombie thriller with enjoyable characters, then this is definitely the story for you! Story: 9.5 *mild spoilers for the first few chapters The story begins with Eun Chaerin, the female lead of a popular romance novel who was formerly a regular person in the normal world. Although life in the novel can be quite unnerving at times, as she's unable to see anyone except the male lead, Chaerin is still content with her current situation. Being the main character of the story, Chaerin dedicatedly follows the original plot of the novel, up until the day of the male lead's confession. During that moment, the genre of the story abruptly changes, leaving Chaerin in a zombie-filled horror instead of a sweet romance. Just as she succumbs to death by zombies, she wakes up again, returned to the morning of the incident.  Chaerin, unsure what to make of the new situation, tries her best to prevent the zombie outbreak from occurring. But as she tries time and time again, the story fails to change and Chaerin borders the edge of insanity. That is, until she experiences a peculiar encounter, and quickly learns that if she wants to survive the new twist of the story, she must work with the extras she previously ignored.  Surviving Romance is a skillful showcase at storytelling, with incredible pacing and plot twists, all paired with just the right amount of suspense. The author takes the time to unfold the premise of the story, and explore the realistic physical and mental changes the main character goes through. And following a thrilling inciting incident, the story dives into an exciting development full of interesting conflicts.  Overall, it's just a wonderfully written storyline and I cannot wait to see where else it goes.  Art: 9.5 The art is spectacular, no question about that. The author's art style, a sparkly and colorful palette that makes use of bright tones, is such a refreshing take in a thriller/horror story. Unlike most horrors that take a dismal tone throughout the story, it's Surviving Romance's unusual style that makes it all the more engaging to read.  Additionally, the author's concept of the characters is wonderful. Each character has a unique appearance that's tailored to their personality and quirks, and anticipating each of the reveals is riveting. Just amazing art style! Characters: 10  The characters have to be my favorite aspect of this story because they contribute beautifully to plot development. The author's ability to create such a vivid personality for each character without even assigning them a face is wonderful, and truly have you invested in the revelation of each character's appearance. Each of them has distinct traits and abilities that contribute to both resolving and creating conflicts. Chaerin's character in particular is engrossing. She's insane at times, selfish and considerate, manipulative and attentive. She struggles to balance her reality as an outsider, while also managing her persona as the novel's boy-obsessed lead. Her progression has been realistic and her journey as she tries to convince extras onto her side has been a roller coaster, especially with unusual tactics and methods she uses. The relationships she creates and molds with other characters throughout the story are delightful, and certainly make the overall story so much better.  Overall: 9.5 The manhwa combines all aspects into a captivating thriller, and as the conflicts and conditions change, the way Chaerin and her classmates try to adapt is exciting to read. I cannot emphasize how well-thought-out of a story this is and if you're looking for a gripping plot with excellent storytelling and characters, this is the webtoon for you. I simply hope you're ready to wait with suspense every week!

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