5 Must-Read Webtoons Series in 2021

It’s a form of storytelling that’s minimalistic in text and heavily focuses on the art.

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In 2017, I stumbled upon a website called “Webtoons.” At the time, I was interested in a story called Helios:Femina by Michelle Phan. I finished it within a few days and I never came back to Webtoons for whatever reason.

Now fast-forward to 2020, the pandemic struck and I had nothing to do, so I reunited with Webtoons and I wanted to read some stories to kill time.

Little did I know that I was going to be obsessed with this website again.

No joke, I was reading 10+ chapters every day from multiple stories. I discovered new stories on a weekly basis from my friends. I’ll stay up all night just to read these Webtoons stories.

Now that I have a couple of stories that I love, I’m excited to share my top 5 favorite stories on Webtoons! This list will eventually be updated as I read more stories but this is my go-to stories for now.

What’s Webtoons?

Webtoons can be seen as an equivalent to comics and manga. It’s a form of storytelling that’s minimalistic in text and heavily focuses on the art. It’s not a social media site where people can follow each other. Rather it’s a place to either read and/or “create” a story.

Can anyone submit on Webtoons?

Yes! You can learn how to get started by clicking here.

I’m new on Webtoons, what story/stories should I read?

Good question! My top 5 recommendations are down below. Happy Reading!

1. Nerd and Jock by Marko R.

I’ll start with a lighthearted story that doesn’t have a solid plot. Rather, it’s a comic-style story with different scenarios and adventures.

Nerd and Jock follow a story about a friendship between and a jock and a nerd (LOL). Every chapter is a new adventure, so you don’t necessarily have to read every chapter to understand it.

However, I would still read the chapters in order because later in the story, some chapters will build off each other.

Also, Nerd and Jock, low-key remind me of old school comics that you would see in newspapers. Overall, the chapters are short and the story is funny. It’s totally worth the read!

Click here to read!

2. My name is Death by Rumbo

To stem off of lighthearted stories, this is another funny, comic-style story on Webtoons. It’s a story that’s loosely based on the grim reaper. In my opinion, it’s the “dorkier” and humorous version of a grim reaper.

This story is structured similarly to Nerd and Jock. You *technically* don’t have to read every chapter to understand the story. Every chapter is a new adventure and/or scenario.

My name is Death is full of sarcasm and humor. So, if you like ‘dark’ humor, sarcasm, and short chapters, then this is the story to read.

Click here to read!

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3. Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

This story is based on Hades and Persephone’s “love” story. If you’re a Greek mythology fan, you’ll most likely enjoy this story because it’s a unique retelling of the mythology.

In my opinion, Lore Olympus is funny, sexy, and one of the most sensual stories on Webtoons. You’ll feel all sorts of emotions when you read this story. It’s definitely a rollercoaster ride but it’s such an addicting story!

Also, this story does not follow every little detail from the original mythology. Therefore, you don’t need to know anything about mythology to understand Lore Olympus.

Overall, it’s a great story, it’s humorous, romantic, but addicting at the same time. Once again, this story will make you feel all sorts of emotions.

Warning: I encourage some readers to approach this story with caution because it does discuss some heavy topics. It may not be suitable for all audiences.

Click here to read it!

4. Midnight Poppy Land by Lilydusk

The first story that I read when I came back on Webtoons was Midnight Poppy Land. I stumbled upon this story while I was on Instagram.

Like the curious person I am, I decided to read this story and see what it was all about. Thanks to this story, I ended up staying on Webtoons for a long time and I’m patiently waiting for some new updates on this story!

In my opinion, Midnight Poppy Land is not one of those stories where the action and romance comes right away. It’s (kind of) a mystery story where every detail matters and everything will come full circle.

I also love Tora and Poppy! They make an iconic duo. Poppy is hard working, innocent, and carefree. Tora is masculine but has a soft side for certain people in his life. Honestly, I can’t wait to see how their relationship will play out in the future!

Summary: Midnight Poppy Land is about a small-town book editor (Poppy) who gets entangled with a young Mafia (Tora). She slowly uncovers this dangerous world as she learns more about Tora.

PS: There’s way more to the story than what I’m sharing in the summary. I’m just really bad at summing things up.

Click here to read it!

5. Edith by Swansgarden

My friend recommended this story to me a few months ago. One of the things that caught my attention was the art. The color scheme also leans towards soft and pastel colors.

All in all, it’s a visually appealing story.

One of the reasons why I like this story is because of the main character. I feel like I’m sometimes on the same boat as her.

For example, she’s an author who’s trying to make a name for herself. I’m a writer who’s trying to figure out the freelance world while dabbling into different platforms that interests me.

In some weird way, I feel like I resonate with the main female character and her situation in terms of her career.

Edith will also make you feel all sorts of emotions. It has a realistic aspect to it so it doesn’t feel completely fictional and unreal.

Summary: Edith is about an author who struggled with being an “ugly duckling” as a young girl. She later turns her life around when she becomes an author. She had a glow up and her life begins to look a little bit better. However, her love life and career doesn’t play out the way that she wants it to play out.

Edith’s life then takes a 360 turn when she meets a young male model who also had a rough past. As Edith figures out how to navigate her new life, she reunites with some people from her past.

In other words, it’s a story that’s filled with obstacles, humor, romance, and steamy moments.

It’s also one of those stories that I feel anyone can relate to it because most of us have struggled with self-confidence, career obstacles, love, friendship, and everything in-between.

Click here to read it!

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