In addition to the original story, there are quite a number of Korean dramas whose premise is a form of adaptation of other works. Although the most frequent are webtoons, there are also dramas adapted from books, you know.

In 2021, there are several new dramas whose stories are adapted from books. Not only fiction in the form of novels, it turns out that there are also dramas that are inspired by non-fiction books. Let’s see what drama is in question!


1. Hello, Me!
Hello, Me! is a fantasy rom-com genre drama with a time travel theme. The drama, starring Choi Kang Hee, Kim Young Kwang, and Lee Re, was adapted from the Fantastic Girl novel by Kim Hye Jung.

The story in this drama centers on 37-year-old Ban Ha Ni. One day, his 17 year old self comes from the past and meets him. Unlike his current self, teenage Ban Ha Ni is optimistic, cheerful, and confident.


2. Move to Heaven
Move to Heaven is a Netflix original drama starring Lee Je Hoon, Tang Jun Sang, Hong Seung Hee, and cameos from many famous stars. This drama that makes you cry is inspired by an essay book by Kim Sae Byul entitled Things Left Behind.

This drama tells the story of Han Geu Ru (Tang Jun Sang) who has Asperger’s syndrome and Cho Sang Gu (Lee Je Hoon), his uncle who is an ex-convict. Together, they become trauma cleaners who clean crime scenes and the belongings of the deceased.


3. River Where the Moon Rises
River Where the Moon Rises is a sageuk drama set in the Goguryeo Kingdom era. This drama stars Kim So Hyun, Na In Woo, Lee Ji Hoon, Choi Yu Hwa, and there is a cameo appearance from actor Kang Ha Neul.

The story in this drama is adapted from the novel Princess Pyeonggang by Choi Sagyu. The novel recounts a folk tale about the love story between Princess Pyeonggang (Kim So Hyun) and On Dal (Na In Woo) who comes from the common people but later becomes a respected general.


4. Reflection of You
The drama, also known as Someone Who Looks Like You , carries the makjang genre . The story of this drama is based on the novel of the same name by Jung So Hyeon but with a different perspective.

Reflection of You tells the story of Jung Hee Joo (Go Hyun Jung) who seems to have a perfect life. However, he secretly keeps a secret that has ruined the life of a mysterious art teacher named Goo Hae Won (Shin Hyun Bin).



5. Lovers of the Red Sky
Lovers of the Red Sky combines fantasy and sageuk genres . This drama is played by Kim Yoo Jung, Ahn Hyo Seop, Gong Myung, and Kwak Si Yang. The story itself is adapted from the novel Hong Cheon Ki by Jung Eun Gwol.

This drama tells the story of Hong Cheon Ki (Kim Yoo Jung) who is a female painter in the kingdom. He is cheerful and loves painting very much. One day, Hong Cheon Ki meets a blind astronomer named Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo Seop) and falls in love with him.

Equally inspired by books, the five dramas above have interesting and unique story genres and premise. From the list, which dramas have you watched or want to watch?

By Rama