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Cheese in the Trap  
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Description
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

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
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Associated Names
チーズインザトラップ
جبنة في المصيدة
پنیر در تله
捕鼠器裏的奶酪
กับดักรัก ดักหัวใจ
치즈인더트랩

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.64 by LINE Webtoon (4d ago)
v.3 c.55 by Odd Squad Scanlations (9d ago)
v.2 c.63 by LINE Webtoon (11d 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&A Extras (Complete)
Part 3: 94 Chapters + Prologue (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Reviews
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Forum
6 topics, 39 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (674 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 7th 2015, 7:14am PST


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Year
2010

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Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #91 increased(+3)
Monthly Pos #70 increased(+3)
3 Month Pos #64 (No change)
6 Month Pos #53 decreased(-3)

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On 2148 reading lists
On 1066 wish lists
On 46 completed lists
On 80 unfinished lists
On 489 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Cheese in the Trap: Who will win Hong Sul's heart?!? 55 days, 14 hours, 43 minutes ago
Speculations on Yoo Jung 273 days, 6 hours, 35 minutes ago
confession 506 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes ago
Drama? 582 days, 15 hours, 43 minutes ago
"The incident" 958 days, 20 hours, 1 minutes ago

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A bit overrated?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by rhin33
July 21st, 2015, 11:38am
I will come clear - I don't have a clue why so many people like it so much. The first season was plain boring for me. I dropped it after 10 chapters than after seeing how popular it is I started it again and again dropped it. It seems like the third time is the charm because now I actually am up to date with the most recent releases.
So my opinion after reading the whole thing is that it really is messed up. The pacing is a killer. Until something interesting happens it's like recycling the whole melodrama good-bad guy all over again. Characters are surprisingly simple but I came to like them. The main trio is gold! I like their interactions and that is the thing keeping me on board. Drawing style is a bit weird but I got used to it.
So aside from the horrible pacing it is quite good but still not deserving so much attention. I like male yanderes as well but by themselves they are not enough.
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Good at first. Then goes downhill.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Finrel
July 14th, 2015, 8:10pm
The idea behind Cheese in the Trap (CitT) certainly isnít new, but itís fascinating Ė itís a puzzle about people. People and relationships. Whatís inside of them? Are they or their words/actions/intentions good or bad, true or false? Is the main guy genuine/innocent or a puppet master pulling the strings behind the scenes? How do we relate to/perceive/understand one another? ButÖbutÖbutÖ The execution of that idea is harder to pull off on paper (or whatever). At least at first, CitT is all mysterious and the main gal seems perceptive and smart, which is lovely. But later, CitT just becomes childish/immature with middle school-ish issues and drama. And even worse, it becomes repetitive and boring.

For (spoiler-ish?) example:

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Main girl: Oh no Ė h*ll no Ė that b*tch wore the same style of clothes as me. (Nevermind that the main girlís style of clothes is commonly worn at school, irl Ė pants and a shirt. Yeah, you read that right, pants and a shirt.) Ttch. This is my story d*mn it, not hers. Kill the b*tch! (Rolling my eyes! Who cares what she wears! Canít you, the main character, just be glad she at least wears clothes!!)

Or. Hey, the b*tch has a key chain that looks like the one I lost. It must be mine! So ask repeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly about it. Donít accept her excuse that she bought it from the same store. Just keep asking about it/obsessing over it. (Really! Really!! Ö Itís a key chain! Youíve already asked about it, now just move on. Please! Why obsess over it? Life is bigger than a key chain!!!)

Or. All villains please obsess over main character. If not main character, then main characterís friend. And remember: be obsessive in the same sort of way. Add nothing new to the story. Donít you dare be unique or interesting.


I mean, it just goes on. And because itís so repetitive with the same old-same old with nothing else thatís fresh or interesting, I just canít take any more of this. I mean, had the author at least used these childish episodes to exemplify the post-trauma/damage
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stalking
can cause to a personís psyche, then, ok, whatever, I could perhaps begrudgingly accept it (grumble, grumble). But the author didnít go there (so far at least). The main character really is this immature. The story really is this boring. So, Iím out. No more traps for me.

... Last updated on July 14th, 2015, 9:14pm
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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,
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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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Addictive Young adult Melodrama (>.<)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by DeDe4ever
March 15th, 2015, 7:06pm
Being an avid manhwa, manga, and now webtoon reader you come across a variety of female leads, and I applaud the way the artist made this one. Sul is a regular girl insecure, b*itchy, nice (sometimes), and a hard worker. She's in college trying to figure out her life; however theres just countless obstacles in her way and love (can't forget the love). At first I put this off because I assumed she would be needy and whiney but she isn't, 95% of the time. Despite all the bullcrap in her life Sul tries to keep working hard to be number one.

I enjoy reading this series not only because of Sul but the characters around her; and the real life situations they go through. Granted most to all the situations are dramatic (the artist points this out herself) but you can probably relate on a certain level. Whether it be unrequited love, rude people, jealously, insecurities, family issues, etc. We all go through it and that's what keeps making me turn the pages. It's like a young adult melodrama online! I recommend this!!!
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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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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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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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Unnecessarily Dramatic   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Nirachu
July 9th, 2014, 1:14am
I know loads of people like this series, so my opinion probably won't be very useful anyhow. Anyway, I was initially intrigued by the truly clever and attentive protagonist -- it is extremely rare to find a female lead so mature in the way she thinks and analyses situations. She is also very attentive, and completely different from any other romance female lead I've ever read about; not only does she think before acting, she isn't naive nor innocent nor bubbly. She is also academically intelligent, hardworking, yet very attentive to social behaviour. However, despite the uniqueness of the main lead, the psychological mind games, countless misunderstandings creating tension and conflict, and sheer immaturity of both protagonists later on led to me losing interest in the series. I suppose I'm just more of a fan of straightforwardness in relationships, and speaking up and actually trying to communicate with your partner if you're concerned about anything rather than just assuming things and furthering the numerous misunderstandings present. (But then again, I suppose this is how romance stories can be drawn out for so long. /sigh) So yeah, basically not really my style due to the unnecessary tension, but that could probably be attributed to how romance isn't really my thing anyway (I just read this hearing about the awesome main character and supposedly "mature" storyline"). If you like romance, strong female leads, loads of tension, manipulation, misunderstandings and drama, then you'd probably love it though.

... Last updated on July 9th, 2014, 1:18am
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Great Characters, a Favorite   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
June 18th, 2014, 1:56am
It took me a few tries to start reading this to be honest, the spark wasn't there at first. At times it was even confusing or too drawn out to follow. But the more you read, the tension between the characters pulls you in and the problems come to life. And for a while now, I've been loyally adoring this series. It isn't cliche in the least, and the conflict is psychologically deep. I enjoy all of the leading characters and their quirky strangeness, and the constant casual comedy that never ceases to make me laugh in a mix of intense seriousness. But from eerie to sweet and considerate to calculating, the way characters are presented is great. It brings dimension and complexity to everyone in the story yet, it's somewhat moving in a strangely sympathetic, relatable way.

I love the main characters, all of them. Even if they're a bit eccentric, even sociopathic, they make for something truly dynamic and real. Wether things work out or fall apart, there's no telling but I will savor every minute of it's unfolding.

... Last updated on June 18th, 2014, 2:06am
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Stole my heart   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bakerygirl
February 18th, 2014, 9:37am
This webtoon had been lying around in my wish list for a long time. I decided to pick it up on a whim, and I am glad I did since I loved it! I was initially skeptical since the sequence of events seemed haphazard. However, they slowly gained structure and transformed Cheese In The Trap into one of my favourite series.

The paranoia Sul exhibits serves it purpose quite well, leaving the readers with a sense of mystery. Yoo Jung first came off as an untrustworthy, egocentric character. Though, he still exhibits those characteristics I have slowly started to trust him more. Yes, it might have something to do with his eyes and smile. I completely adore the details the author gives only to his eyes.

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My favourite character in the series would definitely be Bak In Ho. He brings in a comic factor to the webtoon. The interactions between him and Sul never fail to make me laugh and his arrogance makes him incredulously cute. I find the way he always looks out for Sul and talks to Jung with a semblance of normality in spite of "the incident"(which is still a mystery) very endearing.

My only complaint with the webtoon is that the author never reveals what exactly made Eun taek ignore Bo Ra for that certain period of time. It keeps nagging me no matter how hard I try to forget it.
Also I wish they had more scenes. Eun Taek's character had a lot of potential.
EDIT: Thanks to Crumpets and tea for explaining Eun Taek's behaviour to me. Turns out it was because he was obsessed with a game.


Cheese in the Trap is definitely worth a shot. I am looking forward to more of this ^^

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2014, 10:03pm
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