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Cheese in the Trap  
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Having returned to college after a year long break, Hong Sul, a hard-working over-achiever, inadvertently got on the wrong side of a suspiciously perfect senior named Yoo Jung. From then on, her life took a turn for the worse - and Sul was almost certain it was all Jung's doing. So why is he suddenly acting so friendly a year later?

Original Webtoon / English Version by Naver


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Associated Names
جبنة في المصيدة
پنیر در تله
กับดักรัก ดักหัวใจ

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v.2 c.47 by LINE Webtoon (0d ago)
v.3 c.44 by Odd Squad Scanlations (3d ago)
c.46 by LINE Webtoon (8d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
195 Chapters (Ongoing)
Part 1: 46 Chapters + Prologue + Character Extra + Special Episode (Complete)
Part 2: 67 Chapters + Special Episode + 2 Q&A Extras (Complete)
Part 3: 93 Chapters + Prologue (Ongoing)

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (638 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.98 / 10.0
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May 3rd 2015, 1:31pm PST



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Cheese in the Trap: Who will win Hong Sul's heart?!? 49 days, 1 hours, 3 minutes ago
Speculations on Yoo Jung 151 days, 3 hours, 27 minutes ago
confession 384 days, 8 hours, 11 minutes ago
Drama? 460 days, 12 hours, 35 minutes ago
"The incident" 836 days, 16 hours, 53 minutes ago

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Re: Caityluu   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Passerby12
July 23rd, 2012, 10:24pm
The author denied the original scanlating group to scanlate and host the webtoon on other sites; the current group actually uses a plug-in which requires readers to visit the original site where the raw is found and read the translation that is superimposed on the raw image. This is different to conventional scanlating, and the author actually gets more readership that way, which affects her webtoon's popularity directly (by attracting additional viewers). So what's there to be disappointed about? Odd Squad's method is is ingenious.
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[insert cliche title - "It's AHMAZING"]   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by infinity9001
January 28th, 2012, 1:11am
Anyways, Cheese in the Trap is really one of the best josei series, actually romance series, I've read up till now. As previous reviewers have said, CITT is not a light read. It's not a melodramatic piece, but at the same time the way Soon Ki portrays her characters, you start second guessing everyone's intentions. You need to be able to read between the lines as the most important stuff isn't said, but is portrayed in the character's expressions. Most of the time I'll sit and stare at Sul's, In Ho's, or Jung's expressions for more than a couple seconds to decipher what they're thinking.

The thing I love most about CITT is Sul, the main female character. She isn't your weak, blushing, average josei/shoujo heroine who immediately falls in love with the dark, brooding male lead nor is she thick-headed. She's independent and incredibly intelligent. I love how she's always thinking and observing, rather than randomly assuming things or being completely naive about the world.

Also, each of the characters have their own role to play. Sure it takes a while for some of it to make sense to the reader since Soon Ki relies on flashbacks that aren't always told chronologically to fill in the readers on the psychological back story of everyone, but it always ties up.

But be forewarned: the romance is slow! Also, addressing some of the other reviews, the 3rd main character (In Ho) takes a little while to appear, but in the more recent chapters he's been getting a lot time (?) so his character has been developing well.

As a note to the above comment about the translations : I think I read that Soonki asked scanlators to stop scanlating since many of her page views were getting redirected to sites such as Mangafox and Webtoonlive, and webtoon authors get paid by page views (last time I heard this was the policy). However, the plug in thing that Oddsquad is doing now is great for people who don't understand korean AND it gets Soonki the pages views she needs. Also, for the translations that webtoonlive still does on the forums, the readers still do visit the actual comic, b/c it's not fun if you can't see the actual art. So it should be fine.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2012, 12:59am
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What's the Truth and What's the Trap?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Blique
October 2nd, 2014, 4:59pm
So y'know how there are all these school life manga, but they're all set in high school? Well, Cheese in the Trap is set in college, and it's miraculously not boring at all. Sul is a hard-working girl with a normal social life and good grades. She is terrified of the nice, popular upperclassman, Jung, after her disconcerting experiences around him a year ago. Now, however, he is inexplicably nice to Sul, and she has no idea how to take it.

Plot: 4/5. Soon Ki's characters are pleasantly and intriguingly realistic. Sul has good intuition and common sense, navigating social situations and avoiding the cliches and traps that usual clumsy and naive protagonists often run straight into. The diverse cast of characters prove that avoiding conflict entirely is impossible, and Sul's character develops as she gains experience both from friends and from enemies. Jung is a constant enigma throughout the series. He is well-known and well-liked by the students in his major, considered perpetually kind and mature; at many points, the readers and even Sul herself question whether her suspicions are well-placed or simply paranoia. The plot follows Sul as she navigates through her college life; struggling with scholarships, group projects, upset friends, family finances, self-absorbed classmates, and, of course, staying as far away from Jung as possible.

Storytelling: 5/5. Cheese in the Trap is largely morally ambiguous, focusing more on characters individuality than on right and wrong. Both the positive and negative effects of all actions are shown, allowing for more natural character interactions and development. Sul, for example, lives a upright life of working hard and being nice to others, but ends up miserable many times because of it. After sharp downfalls and brusque advice, her character takes a slightly more ruthless turn, and she begins standing up for herself regardless of the consequences. The characters give an impression of being more like "people" than like "actors", and control the plot much more so than the plot controls them. The mystery in Cheese in the Trap is also well-written, allowing for a very interactive reading experience. Clues are dropped at a steady pace, and those with keen eyes are able to gain early insights into the developing plot.

Art: 4/5. Soon Ki makes good use of various designs to benefit her storytelling; bright colors against a white background let the readers know that the story is taking place in present time, while desaturated colors or grayscale against a black background indicate a flashback. The expressions are also an excellent part of Cheese in the Trap. Rather than reuse the same expressions over and over, Soon Ki gives her characters unique reactions to unique situations. Since the main focus of Cheese in the Trap is the characters, such fluid expressions helps to bring out their full potential.

Soon Ki's storytelling is what brings life to what would normally be, on the surface, just another slice of life story. The characters turn into people you know, both good and bad. Due to its realism, it even acts partly as a how-to for keeping good friends, getting rid of idiots and enemies, and living an honest yet assertive life. The mystery aspect is engaging as well, providing good mental exercise and leaving you eager to learn more about the characters and what happened in their pasts. This is far from a boring story, and curiosity will make you turn to the next chapter over and over. It really is just too good to pass up.
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Rating: N/A
by Jeshia
January 14th, 2014, 4:47pm
This series in amazing, and as some people have commented, addicting. Fortunately, there are words to describe the genius of this story.
The story, for one, features a calm, perceptive, and intelligent female lead. She's got the book smarts and the street smarts, but it's not as if she goes parading it around. She's also quite funny at times. In a nutshell, she's very real in her intelligence. I loved her basically from day one (of my reading the webcomic), and unlike some readers whose opinions I read, I sided with her from page one.
The story introduces you fairly quickly to the male lead, and frankly speaking, I found him somewhat creepy…. as does the main character. His charm was completely lost on both of us. Her paranoia is entirely justified---she does have grounds for her wariness toward him. In fact, I found him so creepy that at some point, I just really did not want the two to get together. My opinion has since adjusted a little bit, but it's still on ongoing debate whether he's actually a sociopath.
The author does a great job of cultivating the unease that the main character feels, easing the tension during the fluffy, yet oh-so-rare romantic moments, but bringing it back full force as bits of the characters' pasts come to the surface.
The story constantly switches from present-day to flashbacks, though it is primarily in Hong Sul's point of view. The flashbacks explain quite well the characters' motivations and emotions, and are differentiated by a different color background (black, I believe). There's something very simple about the art that I appreciate… and everyone has "normal" looking hair. All the characters feel like normal people as opposed to stereotypes---defined on a degree depending on their role in the story.

To sum up, there's definitely a mystery element to this romance, though I would hardly say that it's part of the genre. The story is crafted in a way that really draws you in precisely because Hong Sul is so intelligent and perceptive. That is, in being of comparable intellect to the male lead, she is able to piece together things about him… and therefore does not remain as uninvolved as she may like things to be. Unlike in other shoujo mangas, there is very little that goes over this girl's head---and because the story is told primarily from her POV, the readers can identify to the very human intelligence that she brings to the table… the same intelligence that causes her so much unease throughout the plot.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2014, 4:50pm
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although i will never admit this to anyone, I can relate to this story a lot   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by faex
November 18th, 2014, 6:29pm
Because our main character is a very attentive and sensitive girl, she is vulnerable to misunderstandings, snide comments, and daily social interactions. I'm kind of like that. I get easily put down some times because of little things, and it's refreshing for me to see a girl like me in a manga deal with these matters realistically.

Other shoujo characters always have some guy or plot device to help them, and they usually have unrealistic reactions...but not here. The characters in this story are all like real PEOPLE... I have been through the SAME situations, and my reactions are so eerily similar to theirs that part of me wants to believe that the author wrote this for people like me.

All in all, there is a genius behind this series. Kudos to the author. smile

... Last updated on November 18th, 2014, 6:30pm
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Not everyone's cup of tea   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by noobzilla
January 2nd, 2012, 1:48am
Cheese is complicated. It definitely not a light read. Many would find it too slow since they most likely expect a sweet and light romantic drama, with the focus being on Sul. Jung and In Ho. But no, this story is better than that.

If you are looking for a story that makes you think a little bit, and pay a little bit more attention Cheese is for you. Every named character in this manhwa is important, if you write them and their involvement as fillers you will miss out on a big chunk of the good stuff. They end up playing a bigger role than you think. Also I noticed that people who failed to grasp the difference between the flashbacks and the present tend to get lost really fast...

That being said, Cheese is a great series. Mature, and lacking all the cliches k-dramas and shoujo series have. Most stories have the heroine swooning over the tall, dark and supposedly evil character who will later reveal his sudden attitude change to be due to love for our heroine. But cheese is different. It keeps making you wonder whether the guy is some evil mastermind or really just innocently in love with the main character every other chapter! I really have to hand it to the author, she planned this story out well. This blog gives you a nice preview of what the manga really has to offer check it out~

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2012, 2:14am
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Love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ashi
July 11th, 2012, 1:12pm
The way the characters' brains work is soooo realistic (I'm not talking about the context, but how they think)
I love this webtoon, it's told directly from the girl's perspective... and she has a normal girl's mind, not the naive, idiotic shoujo girl.
It's a gem that I absolutely recommend reading.
Oooh I know what this is... Pride and Prejudice..hehehehe

... Last updated on July 11th, 2012, 3:12pm
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Extremely Realistic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Saons
November 28th, 2010, 10:34pm
I didn't expect much from this series based on the fact that it's a webcomic, and I'm not very fond of the "school life" genre.
Let me tell you, this series is fantastic. I assume the creator is also in college/university, and as such makes it so realistic. At times I feel like there's redundancies, but if you were actually following the life of a girl in college, there would be some just like the story (buying meals, cleaning, etc).
I really identify with the main character (perhaps it helps that I'm a female), but when she feels an emotion I feel it along with her. Also, the art is astoundingly good, for a webcomic. As an amateur artist I can really admire it.
Big props to the creator, I hope one day she gets the chance to write real manhwa.

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Dude... the chapter when that guy followed her home, even I got chills down my spine. Creepy!

... Last updated on January 8th, 2011, 12:33am
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So far excellent   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tsubasa22
October 20th, 2010, 9:18pm
Although this only has a small number of chapter, so far, everything has been excellent and I'm hoping it's going to stay this way. I'll change my rating later on. There's no major flaw in this series right now. Great art, stays simple, but yet unique and mature. Great story, a realistic campus life story blended in with comedy and a hint of creepy mystery. We'll see if romance ever comes into the story later, but so far, it's not the romance, but for the comedy and the mystery the series seems great. Great characters, an extremely realistic, yet likable main character, her comical friends, and the perfect yet very mysterious male lead. The whole series revolves around the past year before the start of the series, and more and more is unveiled the more we read...I hope we get more of this soon. The author started out great and I hope this goes on!

... Last updated on October 20th, 2010, 9:19pm
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My All-time Favorite   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MadlySpinning
March 31st, 2012, 6:22pm
I'm not sure if it's because I've just finished the latest chapter (I LOVE YOU ODD SQUAD) or what, but this is seriously my favorite story EVER. Like for real!!!!! I have enough love for it to make me want to write a cheesy, fangirly (and valley-girl sounding) review for it.

Let's just skip the talk about the amazing plot (because you should just read it to find out for yourself) and let me drool over the characters:

Sul: I can't say enough about her! She's so realistic and likeable. She doesn't act like any of the cliche girls in manga/manhwa. Even though in the beginning her suspicions seem over the top, the truth is, I think I would act exactly like her. Who wouldn't be suspicious of the popular, too nice, seems-to-be-perfect guy suddenly acting (overly)friendly to you? I know, in real life, I would definitely doubt him. Especially with all the (sometimes confusing) past events that's happened involving him.

Yoo Jung: At first, I believed he was really fake. All of his actions seemed way too naive for me. Him being nice to Sul, his innocent jokes, and his generosity were all not believable. But recently...I've started to think he's being sincere (well, to Sul...He's still sorta sketchy on everything else). I'm still wondering what happened in the past to make him start wanting to be close to Sul, though. When I find that out, I hope it makes me like him better. For now, he's one of my least favorite characters. (But that still doesn't mean I don't like him. I actually do, just not as much as others.)

In Ho: Hmm...I don't really have an opinion of him yet. He kinda reminds me of Shizuo from Durarara!! though. Especially with the waiter/bow tie hate. I find him a little more attractive than Yoo Jung, but probably because he's left handed. I have a thing for lefties. Nearly all of my crushes/people I find attractive seem to be left-handed. It's a coincidence, I swear...

Bo Ra: I like her. Her happy-go-lucky personality is great. She's a great friend to Sul. No complaints, really...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I didn't even mind it when she says that she's already aware of Eun Taek's feelings. Usually, that kind of girl pisses me off, but the way she handled it didn't. It's like, she already sorta knows that her and Eun Taek are gonna end up together eventually, so for right now they shouldn't leave Sul out.

Eun Taek: My favorite character (next to Sul). He's such a boss. I love him. I want to marry him, actually. Him, Bo Ra, and Sul are so cute together. He's such a good friend to Sul, as well (regarding the whole Young Gon incident especially). Like it says when he gets a haircut, "Eun Taek was cool."

Joo Yeon: She's such a perfect bitch. I hate her so much, but she really adds to the story. All of her ill-timed situations with Sul needed to be there (despite how much I wanted to kill her).

Sang Chul: He fucking pisses me off. Ugh. But I guess he's adding to the story, too. He makes the Ah Young situation worse and that makes her want to meet Yoo Jung even more.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
And he starts getting suspicious of Yoo Jung, too.
I guess every story needs an idiot like him (since he's appeared a lot more than I thought he should).

If I continue, this review will be a whole page and I doubt anyone would read it (or even read all of this). So, despite how much I want to talk about Sul's neighbor Joo Yong, Assistant Professor Huh, annoying Ah Young, (somewhat) understandable Jae Woo, copycat Min Soo, and (how much I liked the character/creepiness of) Young Gon, I won't.

Just one last thing, could someone PM me and explain who the fuck Mona is? And what their gender is? And why their parents decided to be corny and name the other kid Lisa? (JK on the last part...)
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