[Webtoon Wednesday] Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp

Title: Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady with the Lamp

Author/Story: Yuin

Artist: Mini

Rating: Teen

Genre: reincarnation, historical fantasy, medical drama, romance, villainess, war

Hosted On: Lezhin

Official Link(s): English, Korean

Official Summary:

Jihyun is a master surgeon at the peak of her medical prowess. She’s made it her life’s mission to save lives in order to atone for the sins of her past life, but her dreams are cut short when her plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific. When Jihyun wakes up, she finds herself back in her first life as Elise de Clarence – the haughty nightmare of a girl who brought on her own tragic end. The new Elise, however, still has time to set things straight – with her newfound medical knowledge, the reformed Elise sets out to right the wrongs of her tragic first life!

My Thoughts:

Please do not ask me how much time I’ve spent on Doctor Elise in its run between TappyToon (where it was hosted at one point) and Lezhin. But trust me… it was all worth it.

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[Webtoon Wednesday] Surge Towards You

Title: Surge Towards You

Author/Artist: Cheongyeon

Rating: Adult

Genre: romance, drama, sports, omegaverse

Hosted On: Lezhin

Official Link(s): English

Official Summary:

Cheong-ho is a national swim team member who has been struggling with poor records. As an alpha, his physical condition could be improved greatly through sex with an omega, but he has a fear of omega pheromones. His hopes of being a top swimmer seem to be sinking, but that all changes when he meets Yi-rim, an omega whose pheromones don’t give off any scent. Yi-rim is only too happy to help Cheong-ho out, and thus the two of them start a purely physical relationship. It’s almost like they’re a match made in heaven. But…why is it so hard for them to close the distance between each other?

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I’m Supporting #EndOTWRacism

#End OTW Racism in bold colors to the side. Text: End Racism in the OTW: A fan protest against the lack of action from the OTW on addressing issues of harassment and racism on AO3 and within the organization. 

Three years ago, the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) - the parent organization for AO3 - committed to acting on harassment and racist abuse that can currently happen through the site.

Join us in holding the OTW to their commitment and demanding change that will help keep us all safer! Read more in our Call to Action, where you will find detailed information on the problem, what we're demanding from the OTW, and how you can signal boost and get involved.

We are taking action May 17th to 31st.

In 2020, the Organization for Transformative Works and Archive of Our Own set the stage to do something about racism on its platform. They pledged to hire a diversity consultant to advise them on how to essentially make the AO3/OTW “anti racist”. It’s been three years since then and the most they’ve done is tap a volunteer to research researching a guy, I think. They have failed to be transparent about their plans, what the attempt has looked like, and the most we’ve gotten for an estimated trajectory three years in? That maybe in five years they will have hired someone.

That’s unacceptable.

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Stitch Reads Smolder (Anita Blake #29) – Chapters 4-7

Chapter 4 begins with Anita complaining about the stress of her life in the upcoming wedding. it also includes one of the worst sentences I’ve ever read. after Anita talks about walking into the bridal gallery making her feel bad she talks about what had briefly made it okay:

Edward trying on clothes had made it fun again, and seeing Peter be a better adult than some of the immortals I knew, and Asher trying, and Kane getting his ass kicked by Peter. Everything fun was associated with the people, none of it with the bridal shop and clothes.

This is not a good sentence and I don’t want to pretend that it is. 

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[Webtoon Wednesday] Mad Dog

Title: Mad Dog

Author/Artist: Haribo

Rating: Adult

Genre: BL, gangster/crime, enemies-to-lovers

Hosted On: Lezhin

Official Link(s): English

Official Summary:

Some people thirst for power while others want nothing more than to live low. Hamin has always been resentful of the label that comes with being his father’s son—he didn’t ask to be born into a mob family! After much trial and error, Hamin finally breaks ties with his family and begins to live the life he’s dreamed about. That is, until he gets kidnapped and finds himself under the protection of a certain Kwon Sehyuk. All Hamin wants is his “normal” life back, but Sehyuk is as far from normal as a person can get…

My Thoughts:

I love a good gangster series, but it takes me a while to settle into them. This is maybe my first Korean organized crime series and I honestly picked it up because I enjoyed the unhinged energy of the “top” in the series, Sehyuk from the cover! I’m actually obsessed with Sehyuk.

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Reimagining (Aspects of) The Omegaverse: Reproductive Healthcare

How It Looks/Works

For the most part, “suppressants” do double duty in the omegaverse. They’re both a way to minimize a character’s omega traits like scent or slick and a form of birth control. Sometimes, alphas have their own suppressants but since the omegaverse is omega-oriented at most points, there are less stories that focus on that. What alphas have for sure are knot-safe condoms that have to be strong enough to deal with an alpha’s knot and a mid-to-excellent pullout game. They just… never want to use them. Art mimicking real life, I guess.

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The Struggle Remains Real

I’m at this point where I sit frozen in front of an article I needed to have done months ago or a pitch for something that matters and I simply cannot write. It’s not so much writer’s block as writer’s fear. The words are in me and they do want to come out, I know the value of my own work beyond what I get paid for it.

Increasingly, however, I’m hit with this fear of what comes next.

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[Webtoon Wednesday] Your Ultimate Love Rival

Title: Your Ultimate Love Rival

Author/Story: Sol Leesu (Original Story), SaJeog (Adaptation)

Artist: Matte

Rating: (Older Teen)

Genre: transmigration, romance, drama, fantasy

Hosted On: Tapas (ENG)

Official Link(s): English

Official Summary:

Naturally charming, Irene attracts women like a magnet, even when she doesn’t mean to. Enter her best friend, Claudia, who refuses to marry any of her three suitors because of her affection for Irene. As a result, these powerful and mentally unstable men declare Irene as their rival in love and threaten her life. She knows none of them deserve to be with Claudia, but she doesn’t want to die! To save both her friend and herself, Irene must prove she’s their ultimate rival, but will she succeed?

My Thoughts:

First of all, this isn’t a Girls Love series. I need y’all to know that because I’d actually assumed it had been a GL series at the start and when the female lead started linking up with the OG!FL’s brother… I got so pissed. Do not end up like me. This is not a series that’s for the gays… unless you suspend disbelief and bank your own rage.

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[Webtoon Wednesday] Writing My Male Lead’s Happily Ever After

Title: Writing My Male Lead’s Happily Ever After

Author/Story: Lee Jiha (ORIGINAL STORY) and ANTSTUDIO (ADAPTATION)

Artist: ANTSTUDIO and Gaetteok

Rating: Gen to Teen (Violence)

Genre: Transmigration/Isekai, Romance, Fantasy

Hosted On: Tapas (ENG) , Kakao (KOR)

Official Link(s): English, Korean

Official Summary:

A madman with a tragic childhood and a disease that brings on insanity, destined to fall obsessively in love with the saintess of the holy nation… This was the male lead of the melodramatic novel I wrote. He is also the very person who kills Laria Sherwood, the villainess I possessed, and whom I must stay away from to survive… or so I thought, until I saw the terrible reality I created. I suppose, as the author, it wouldn’t hurt to teach him how to love, then leave right when the female lead appears, right? But will it be as easy as I thought?

My Thoughts:

I read a lot of webtoons and I’m gonna be real: few have stressed me out the way “Writing My Male Lead’s Happily Ever After” has.

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[Webtoon Wednesday] From A Knight To A Lady

Title: From A Knight To A Lady

Author/Story: Sung Hyerim

Artist: Coyo

Rating: Teen (for violence)

Genre: Romance, Reincarnation, Fantasy, Drama, Time Travel

Hosted On: Webtoon

Official Link(s): English, Korean

Official Summary:

Estelle meets her untimely death as a valiant knight of the Kingdom of Ersha. But death is not the end for Estelle — three years after her demise, she finds herself reincarnated in the body of Lucifela Aydin, the spoiled and cold-hearted daughter of a count in the Empire of Jansgar. To her dismay, she finds that her country fell to Jansgar years ago, and that she is now betrothed to Zedekiah Heint, the son of a duke and her adversary in her previous life. Can Estelle discover the truth behind her death while attempting to navigate her new life as Lucifela?

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Stitch Reads Smolder (Anita Blake #29) – Chapters 1-3

I took a break from sporking/technically hate reading the Anita Blake series after I completed my readthrough of Rafael last year. (You can read that spork here

I gave myself a year off from engaging with the series on any critical level because I didn’t like how much I was getting annoyed by Hamilton’s writing and her politics in and out of her universe. So I gave myself an ultimatum: no more. No more analysis. No more hate-reading. No more rude tweets backed up with screenshots. 

I gave myself a year to calm down, chill out, and see if there’s something else I love to hate(read) more. 

There was nothing else and, conveniently, the end of my hiatus landed on the release of Smolder, the latest Anita Blake book.

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[Webtoon Wednesday] My Husband, My Sister, and I

Title: My Husband, My Sister, and I

Author/Story: muso (original story), PISTACHIO (adaptation)

Artist: WOOSA

Rating: Teen (with a dot of spice)

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Drama, Marriage and Divorce, Revenge

Hosted On: Manta Comics

Official Link(s): English

Official Summary:

“I taste her on your lips.”

On the night of our fourth wedding anniversary, I witnessed my husband having an affair. “I love you,” he told my twin sister as he laid on top of her. This can’t just end easily with a divorce. No, I’ll make them pay for this.

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[Webtoon Wednesday] Beware the Villainess

Title: Beware The Villainess

Author/Story: Berry and Soda Ice

Artist: Blue Canna

Rating: Teen (Light Suggestiveness)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Isekai/Transmigration, Romance

Hosted On: Tapas (ENG), Kakao (KOR)

Official Link(s): English, Korean

Official Summary:

Sit back and take in this romantic tale of an angelic heroine and her devoted suitors as they vie for the depths of her love… or not. This story’s about to go through some edits! After an accident, a modern-day college student awakens as the story’s villainess, Melissa Foddebrat. She’s far from anyone’s favorite, but she IS the daughter of the duke. Determined to live it up, this new Melissa is doing things her way — antiquated society, be damned! All idiots, prepare to step aside or perish!

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[Webtoon Wednesday] The Remarried Empress

Title: The Remarried Empress

Author/Story: Alphatart (original story), HereLee (adaptation)

Artist: Sumpul

Rating: Teen

Genre: romance, fantasy, drama

Hosted On: Webtoon/Naver

Official Link(s): English, Korean

Official Summary:

Navier Ellie Trovi was an empress perfect in every way — intelligent, courageous, and socially adept. She was kind to her subjects and devoted to her husband. Navier was perfectly content to live the rest of her days as the wise empress of the Eastern Empire. That is, until her husband brought home a mistress and demanded a divorce. “I accept this divorce… And I request an approval of my remarriage.” In a shocking twist, Navier remarries another emperor and retains her title and childhood dream as empress. But just how did everything unfold?

My Thoughts:

If you’re ever wondering what series sparked the catalyst for my webtoon obsession, I think the closest we can come is Alphatart, HereLee, and Sumpul’s The Remarried Empress on Webtoon.

This is the series that I come back to all the time, and it’s given me a lot to think about when it comes to storytelling, misogyny in the narrative, and internalized misogyny in the reader. And it all starts with how Navier’s callous husband Sovieshu (known in the fandom as “Sovieshit”) brings the wide-eyed naif Rashta (who fandom calls “Trashta”) into the castle and installs her as his mistress without any thought of what that would mean for Navier’s public reputation.

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