Bride of the Water God (Manhwa and Drama Comparison)

Bride of The Water God/ Bride Of Habaek has grown popular in the K-Drama community nowadays. Especially since it’s still ongoing. However, there are many things that they have changed from the original manhwa of the same name. The writers changed it so much that the drama seems more like a side-story rather than a continuation or adaptation of the manhwa. That doesn’t mean that it’s bad though.

The original manwha was released in 2006 and ended in 2014, while the English version is still ongoing. It’s mostly about a girl who gets sacrificed into the lake as the new bride of the Water God (Habaek) in order for it to rain in her town after a long time of it being in a drought. The plot itself is enough to make you go on an emotional roller coaster and the number of plot twists in this manhwa are too much to count. You fall in love with each of the main characters while loathing some of the antagonists (there are other antagonists that you also might love because of their backstory). While this may seem like the atmosphere is serious, there are many comical elements as you go further into the story.

The drama, on the other hand, is about the narcissistic Habaek going to Earth in order to find a stone that is powerful enough for him to claim his throne while finding his servant and soon to be wife (both the same person).  He always had a person serving him from generation to generation, however, the person who is supposed to serve him currently doesn’t believe in gods and think he was just plain insane from the start. The time used here is in present day Korea (while the manhwa is more ancient). Another thing that happens in the drama is the fact that his servants were all related while, in the manhwa, the brides are just girls sacrificed from their towns in order to get rain- or because some Oracle claims that they’re destined to be his next bride. Also, the drama has more comical aspects than the manhwa since the story is a bit different. The drama was released on July 3, 2017, and is currently ongoing.

Even though both of them are really different in many aspects, they both make you laugh and cry every second along the way. You fall in love with each of the characters. I would recommend both if you’re interested in a story with a good plot and characters you can, in a way, relate to.

I give the manhwa 4 paws for its amazing plot and emotional aspects.


The drama also gets 4 paws for keeping some aspects of the manhwa in the story even though it’s not fully like it.

🐾🐾🐾🐾(both out of five)


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