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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 Season 4/ English Version by Naver


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جبنة في المصيدة
پنیر در تله
กับดักรัก ดักหัวใจ

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v.2 c.76 by LINE Webtoon (5d ago)
v.2 c.75 by LINE Webtoon (12d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
Part 1: 46 Chapters + Prologue + Character Extra + Special Episode (Complete)
Part 2: 67 Chapters + Special Episode + 2 Q&As (Complete)
Part 3: 108 Chapters + Prologue (Complete)
Part 4: Ongoing

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Average: 9 / 10.0 (688 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.89 / 10.0
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November 24th 2015, 6:55pm PST



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Monthly Pos #82 increased(+12)
3 Month Pos #81 decreased(-4)
6 Month Pos #63 decreased(-10)

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Cheese in the Trap: Who will win Hong Sul's heart?!? 140 days, 4 hours, 1 minutes ago
Speculations on Yoo Jung 357 days, 19 hours, 54 minutes ago
confession 591 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes ago
Drama? 667 days, 5 hours, 2 minutes ago
"The incident" 1043 days, 9 hours, 19 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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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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Some of the best writing I've seen in a LONG LONG time.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Disperse
May 21st, 2015, 10:16pm
At first I wasn't sure where this manga (technically Korean webtoon) was going, because it is not written like your average manga at all. The setting was a normal college, but the atmosphere was strangely tense.

Jung was a baffling character, he seems to fit the "perfect handsome rich" trope that you see a lot in shoujo mangas, but something about him seems off. It turns out, he is a trope subverter. I don't want to spoil too much,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
but I feel like he has sociopathic tendencies. This has to do with his very manipulative nature and his difficulties with empathy.

He's one of the most realistic yet uncommon male love interests I've seen in a while. He gives me mixed feelings, as in I'm not sure I wholly support him, or trust him with Sul. And yet I cannot hate him.

Sul is a GREAT heroine. She's a bit insecure, rather discreet, but smart and will stand up for herself when pushed too far. I relate to her a lot, because I've always been very sensitive to other people's actions and notice "hidden faces", which a lot of this story revolves around. The author is probably like this too, because she writes it extremely well.

The execution is amazing. The author takes common settings and character types and turns it into something I've never seen done before.
The way she adds subtleties to a character's actions.
The realism of how she portrays human nature.
People aren't purely good, or someone isn't purely the one to blame.
She'll make realistic side characters that you swore you've met before in your own life.

Basically this is a very well written portrayal of a lot of social dynamics and facades that everyday people put up. Also the struggle of a slightly awkward college student in poor financial standing. Read this if you like that sort of stuff. This manga is definitely worth a try.

... Last updated on May 24th, 2015, 2:24am
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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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[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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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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Read it - or you'll be missing out!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by QuinnLee
October 2nd, 2014, 8:08pm
One of the rare webtoons (and mangas in general) that I would give a 10 out of 10 to!

It initially didn't engage me and I only gave it a go a few years later after having ran out of other manga to read. And oh boy, did I realise the initial mistake I had made in passing it over!

The reason why I found it so interesting was because the author had executed a few scenes in the webtoon which I thought illustrated the human condition really well. Especially the idea of manipulation to get what you want. Jung is an interesting character too - you'll see a lot of forums made online by fans questioning his way of thought (i.e., Is he a sociopath? A psychopath? What has made him become an individual with such dualism in thought and action?). Its so fun watching people trying to guess his next movement because he is such an unpredictable character. At first you think he is simply another archetype - perfect wealthy and handsome student at the centre of everyone's attention. All that is just a farce, which you discover through flashbacks from Sul (main character) and other minor characters who are exposed to his true self.

The college life setting is quite realistic too! I found the frustration the protagonist faced was the same that I felt on a few occasions so it was quite easy to actually relate to Sul. Not to mention, the way she deals with each difficult circumstance she encounters makes her an admirable character. She doesn't brush aside a situation if she feels like a person has wronged her. She speaks her mind, isn't afraid to confront and she tries to find the best solution to each problem she faces.

Anyway, I believe everyone should at least try to give it a shot (I know, the drawings are at first abit off-putting but you grow really attach to it and the author's unique style allows her to express her characters better).

I can't wait to see how the author will finish this webtoon!
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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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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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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.

Spoiler (highlight to view)
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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