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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
Official English Translation

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Chijeu In Deoteulaeb
Сыр в мышеловке
チーズ・イン・ザ・トラップ
奶酪陷阱
치즈인더트랩

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.31 by LINE Webtoon 17 hours ago
v.4 c.30 by LINE Webtoon 8 days ago
v.4 c.29 by LINE Webtoon 15 days ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
297 Chapters (Complete)

Season 1: 46 Chapters + Prologue + Special (Complete) 1~46
Season 2: 67 Chapters + 2 Specials (Complete) 47~113
Season 3: 108 Chapters + Prologue + 3 Specials (Complete) 114~221
Season 4: 76 Chapters + 2 Specials + Epilogue (Complete) 222~297

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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7 topics, 45 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (840 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.81 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 31st 2019, 11:25pm PST


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Year
2010

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Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #145 decreased(-31)
Monthly Pos #107 increased(+2)
3 Month Pos #98 decreased(-6)
6 Month Pos #85 increased(+1)
Year Pos #71 decreased(-15)

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I like this  
by Adonia
August 31st, 2018, 3:41am
Rating: N/A
Keep in mind that this is, and adheres to, it's classification as josei. Naive as they may be, the characters have surpassed high school and are seeking a place in a world that demands them to etch out a niche in society. That said, they are still teenagers (more or less according to western calculations) and in a world where they are expected to curb their behaviors and still be surprised by intimate encounters; emphasizing romance. Rife with foibles and unlikely situations... this is obviously fictitious and not shy in it's presentation of the obvious set-ups. Still, for a story, it can be charming with little moments of introspection. Take the drama for what it is or isn't. It's a story that I've followed on and off since its release and I still enjoy it.
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It's really beyond expectation.  
by fishiiie
May 17th, 2018, 2:53am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
No worries, friend; if you're currently reading CIIT and feeling confused or dissatisfied right now, it will all make sense in the end. You think it will be dumb or boring later on? HAH. Think again. Seriously, just wait until you hit Season 4.

It's just sooo... Damn good. What a webtoon. What a helluva ride. Anyway, don't judge it until you've read til the end. Cheese in the Trap is something that you have to read more than once in order to fully understand it. The author narrated and orchestrated things quite cleverly...

... Last updated on May 17th, 2018, 2:54am
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Would have given this a 1 if not for the positive response & lost promise  
by ohkimch
April 14th, 2018, 4:52am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
In the end, a large part of what decides any work's value is the audience response; this work has, obviously, accrued acclaim from hundreds (maybe even thousands) of readers. So according to my standards, it can't get a flatout zero or even a one.

That said, I find what passes as romance in this story to be downright repulsive.

I'm tired of saying the same things over and over again to other readers who either couldn't care less, have strong opposing opinions, and/or can't wrap their heads around what I'm saying, so I'll keep this brief. For my sanity and well-being, mainly tbh.

Series like this not only encourage misogynistic gender roles, but they also support harmful romanticizations of abusive dynamics.

I was intrigued by the nuanced socioeconomic dynamics (I could compare and contrast with my own experiences as a Korean American), and the well-planned characters. They came off rather realistic and multidimensional, though flawed enough to be entertaining in a story.

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For example, I felt that Jung was used to everything revolving around him (I don't mean this as an insult, just a fact), and always had his guard up, while Seol was naturally guarded. Consequently, she took his dismissals personally while he took everything she did do/say personally. Which made her more wary of him, which made him wary of her, which led to cycle of 'he/she dislikes me, so I'll dislike them'...Except Jung had more an advantage considering his popularity/looks/wealth/etc. This led to Seol's exhaustion, figurative surrender, and social escape.

This relationship was interesting enough. This relationship was complicated and intriguing as a platonic bond with undercurrents of distrust and antipathy. It should NOT have been turned into a romance. I'll never understand how some people see two people hurting each other and see potential for love.


What ultimately had me feeling irritated and even affronted was the "romance" and the depressing reader comments egging the "love line" onward. Despite the destructive and unhealthy nature of the main character's history with the male lead.

To further aggravation, there was a subtle but insidious view espoused by the author and the readers that the male lead's damaging actions were okay. Because he likes her now, you see? I mean, he hasn't apologized or recognized the error of his ways or stopped manipulating her, but he's doing everything out of love now! And his possessiveness is also a sign of love, and a sign of progress. She's healing him! He doesn't need therapy, he's got the Power of Love.

Also, he's rich, and beautiful, and can be so kind when he doesn't see you as a threat to his status!! When he sees you as a potential significant other, all of that mental instability is for your sake. Can't you see his restrictive, disrespectful, calculating behavior is for her safety now? What a catch! She should be grateful! She needs to stay with him, even at the cost of her well-being/growth/happiness/autonomy.

I won't even get started on the main character's less-than-stellar, but understandable, reaction to the male lead's animosity.

This just...should not be a romance. In any way.

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And in the end, the relatively Okay Guy is also unstable, and dangerous. Of course.


All the fish in the sea are rotten, so might as well choose the rich and pretty one.

This would have been an incredibly, top-notch story without the distasteful relationships. It's a crying shame.

I've typed more than I meant to already, so I'll cut myself off here, with a quick and succinct: no thanks; please stop with these unhealthy "romances."
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realism!  
by UsoSora
February 8th, 2017, 6:52am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
if there is a realistic comic story about themes involved out there, it's this one! Hong is just the girl I totally identify with in all aspects of life. especially the scenes of her reaction towards the lazy colleagues, boyfriend moments and stolen identity resolution when it comes to MinSoo, plus the misunderstanding and lack of interest on the side of Jung whenever she tries to share her problem with him about it.
This damn webtoon is accurate in its realism and I respect it for it : )
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Great Characters, Interesting Plot and Setting, Amazing Tension  
by bunnyteeth
August 23rd, 2016, 10:52pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I try to spare my 10s, but CITT is deserving of it. Truthfully, I haven't read very many comics (manga, mawhwa, webtoons, ect.) about college students, so it was refreshing to read something away from typical high school settings or office work settings.

It is a slow burn type of read. At first, everything is confusing as there is a back and forth between the past and present, but once you get used to the formatting and begin to understand the story, then it becomes very enjoyable. The mystery and confusion are the best part, so I would try to stick to the story for a while to see if you like it.

The characters are on of the strongest parts of this webtoon. Sul is hard-working, smart, capable, independent; it's very easy to like her and relate to her. She's perceptive, and you'll be wondering whether her actions and thoughts are paranoid or justified. Jung will have you guessing at his true intentions as his charming features and personality now contradict his actions in the past against Sul. Bek In Ho appears somewhat later in the story, but he's a great addition to the cast of characters, and his banter with Sul is incredibly entertaining to read. All the characters, including other characters besides the main 3, are fleshed out and explored well. They're all interesting in their own right with their own stories to tell which is pretty amazing considering how many characters have been introduced.

Some reviewers commented on the weirdness of the art, but I always liked it. It's not overly pretty, but more practical which fits this webtoon nicely. All the characters are distinctive, and the art itself is unique.

I really enjoy this webtoon, and I hope people give it a try to see if they enjoy it. It's officially released in English online, so it's easy to find and read and it means releases are consistent which is always a nice thing to know before you start reading. +)

... Last updated on August 23rd, 2016, 10:54pm
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2 Years later, 4 re-reads later, STILL LOVING THIS!!  
by moonmystery
May 6th, 2016, 7:21pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I am in love---no, I am OBSESSED with this story: It's got the suspense and bunch of other elements. The love is a bit slow--in fact right now the current english scanlations haven't even gotten there yet.... but, it is so addicting once you get into the story!

I find the main girl's paranoia hilarious---but it's also the driving point of all the suspense. But overall, she is my ideal heroine: smart, funny, perceptive, and likable.

all in all, I got so obsessed with this thing I ended up downloading a naver translator to read the ORIGINAL NAVER COMIC (which is in Korean)...

... Last updated on August 3rd, 2016, 7:09pm
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CIIT  
by Shimma
November 5th, 2015, 10:22pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
An independent main character, college, romance, friendship, twisted romantic interest, some drama, college strugles. Its also funny.Thats what you're gonna get if you read this. And I hope you do.
The story is not just about Sul, but develop those characters that are aroud her. Luckily, the supporting characters are so likeable (Eun Taek is pretty interesting). Also, and to me is a very strong point, you could relate to some situacions and thoughts.
At first, I didint get why its high rating. It took me a while to star liking it. Sul seemed like a total paranoid, but as the story progress I realise that I couldnt like her more. Independent, hardworking, react in a very realistic way.

And as Disperse commented, characters are not entirely good or bad. Everyone has their reasons, their points of view.

... Last updated on February 6th, 2016, 1:38am
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Love the tension  
by 9momentos
October 20th, 2015, 7:26pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I love the the characters! You have the main character who is kind and likeable, but not stupid or a constant damsel in distress. And the rest of the characters are surrounded by an ambiguity that keeps you guessing. Don't know what's going to happen, but i'll love to find out.
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Captivating  
by theabbster1
September 13th, 2015, 6:16pm
Rating: N/A
This webtoon emits an interesting atmosphere. I think it's a combination of the plot line itself as well as the color palette the artist sticks to. I just love Sul's outfits... they are to die for... Ha I'm like that girl who stole her style. The male lead is actually what captivates me. Beautiful, mysterious, slightly sociopathic, we have yet to see his true form.
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A bit overrated?  
by rhin33
July 21st, 2015, 11:38am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
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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