LET'S GEEK ABOUT A BUSINESS PROPOSAL WEBTOON
Reading romantic webtoons has become one of my hobbies since 2020. For those who aren’t familiar with the term 'webtoon', please refer to my post, FIVE ROMANTIC KOREAN WEBTOONS I'M CURRENTLY BINGE-READING. I already explained the term 'webtoon' in the post.
In this post, I would like to geek about my current most-favorite webtoon, A Business Proposal. I’m also going to share the nine things that I like about this webtoon with you guys. FYI, the famous 2022 K-drama, Business Proposal starring Ahn Hyo Seop and Kim Sejeong is based on this webtoon. Now, let’s not waste time and begin this post with A Business Proposal's blurb…
ABOUT A BUSINESS PROPOSAL
CREATORS: Perilla, Narak, Haehwa & Guava Farm
GENRE: Romance, Comedy & Josei
WHERE TO READ IT: Tapas.io
Set in the glamorous city of Seoul, South Korea during the pre-corona virus era, Kang Taemu is the man who has it all. He is blessed with good looks and strong physics. He is charismatic, charming, intelligent, and super-rich. And he is also the CEO of his grandfather’s company, Sungwoon. There's only one thing missing in Kang Taemu’s life. A wife!
But since Kang Taemu is a man who is good at everything, finding a bride won’t be hard for him. At least, that’s what his grandfather, Chairman Kang believe. To make his workaholic grandson get married and sire an heir as soon as he can, Chairman Kang keeps arranging blind dates for Taemu. Taemu gets annoyed with his grandfather. So he decides to marry the next woman he will meet on the next blind date.
The woman that Taemu is about meet is Jin Yeong Suh, a daughter of a conglomerate. Jin Yeong Suh is not interested in meeting Kang Taemu or going on any blind dates. So she assigns her best friend, Shin Hari (the female lead of this story) to attend the blind date for her. Yeong Suh even offers Hari a big amount of money and tells her to turn the blind date into a hot mess. Hari who is desperate for money agrees to Yeong Suh's offers.
After the blind date, things did not go as Hari expected. Instead of easy money, Hari ends up getting headaches. Kang Taemu wants to marry her without even knowing that she is not Jin Yeong Suh. And worse… he is the CEO of the company where Hari is working at. Oh, dear! Hari might lose her job as well.
When Taemu finds out about Hari’s identity, he still wants to marry her. In fact, he is more determined to marry her. And he is not going to give up on his goal. There is no way for the wallflower beauty to run and escape. Yikes! Will Shin Hari ends up with a Cinderella fairytale? Or is this going to be a disaster for Hari?
THE NINE THINGS THAT I LIKE ABOUT A BUSINESS PROPOSAL WEBTOON
#1 SHIN HARI’S CHARACTER
Shin Hari is a very pretty and adorable character. She’s a beauty and a cutie rolled into one. Hari is not portrayed as a perfect girl. She has her strengths. She also has flaws. What I like most about Hari is that she’s a go-getter. She’s the kind of girl who has visions, goes for what she wants, and is honest. This character also reminded me of three book beauties that I admire. Hari is petite and cute, has hazel eyes, and snowy fair skin just like Tristin Hazel from Dr. Alpha Male. She’s quick-witted like Dara Nailufar from Dia Tetap Sempurna. Hari’s adorable personality reminded me of Poppy Hathaway from Tempt Me At Twilight. Like Poppy Hathaway, Hari is bright, smart, chatty, friendly with others, kind-hearted, energetic, bubbly, innocent, unpredictable, and a hopeless romantic girl who is still not easy for any man to catch. Yep, not even Kang Taemu ^_^
Hari is also a very interesting female lead. She has three roles in the story. She’s the female protagonist. She’s also the love interest of the male protagonist. And she is also the antagonist to the male protagonist. Do you guys want to know why Hari is also the antagonist? You must read the webtoon if you’re so curious. I’m not going to tell you here. Oh, and another thing that I like about Hari is that she’s also a fashionista. Her outfits in the webtoon are very trendy and chic.
#2 THE GORGEOUS ILLUSTRATIONS
A Business Proposal is one of the most beautiful webtoons I ever read. This webtoon has stunning illustrations. The drawings in this webtoon are so eye-catching. They attract you to read the webtoon. Thumbs up to the illustrator, Narak. She draws the scenes, and the characters in this webtoon really well. I also like the way Narak draws her characters’ facial expressions. It makes it easy for me to understand and visualize the story. It also makes me able to feel the characters' feelings. Besides the scenes, characters, and facial expressions, Narak also draws the kissing and lovemaking scenes beautifully. It gives readers a romantic feeling when they read A Business Proposal.
#3 IT GIVES ME LISA KLEYPAS DEJA VU
Reading A Business Proposal webtoon gives me deja vu to all of Lisa Kleypas' romantic novels that I've read and loved. Even though A Business Proposal is not set in the Victorian era, the storyline, plot, characters, and scene settings are similar to Lisa Kleypas' stories. Like LK stories, A Business Proposal is also a romance story of an alpha male hero and a wallflower beauty. This webtoon is also very chic. It features fashion, a trendy lifestyle, and some fashionable food.
Let's imagine if this story is set in the romantic Victorian era. Kang Taemu would probably be a young Vicount, a Duke, or an Earl who is looking for a bride to fulfill his grandfather's wishes. And he unexpectedly falls in love with a lovely ordinary girl. He will do anything to pursue her and get her in his arms. If you're a fan of Lisa Kleypas, A Business Proposal is a webtoon you must not miss. Trust me, you guys are going to love it ^_^
#4 HARI & YEONG SUH’S FRIENDSHIP
Besides romance, A Business Proposal is also about friendship. I like the way the creators portrayed Hari and Yeong Suh's friendship in the webtoon. They are true friends and always have each other's back. They understand each other so well and are not judgemental. Hari and Yeong Suh's friendship in A Business Proposal reminded me of Annabelle, Lillian, Evie, and Daisy's friendship in Lisa Kleypas' The Wallflower series. Like Annabelle, Lillian, Evie, and Daisy, Hari and Yeong Suh are also wallflower girls. Hari and Yeong Suh had never been in a relationship or dated anyone before they meet their true love. Even though Hari and Yeong Suh are not lucky when it comes to romance, they did not give up on finding true love and they help each other. As a fan of the webtoon, I'm glad that Hari and Yeong Suh meet the man of their dreams and achieve their fairytale. Such a heartwarming story ^_^
#5 TAEMU’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS GRANDFATHER & SEUNG HOON
Besides romance and friendship, A Business Proposal is also about family. I like the way the creators portrayed Kang Taemu's relationship with his grandfather, and secret cousin, Cha Seong Hoon (who is also his secretary at work). Taemu still loves his grandfather dearly, even though he likes to argue with him. Taemu even refuses to play baduk (a Korean traditional board game), go fishing, and watch classic dramas with his grandfather. But Taemu still sees his grandfather as a great guy.
As a big fan of the webtoon, I like the way the creators portrayed Taemu's relationship with his secret cousin, Cha Seung Hoon. These two grandsons of Chairman Kang love each other so dearly. They always have each other's back even though Taemu sometimes likes to manipulate Seung Hoon. This is the sweetest bromance ever ^_^
#6 THE ADORABLE SIDE CHARACTERS
Besides the main characters, I also like the side characters in this webtoon. All the side characters in A Business Proposal are adorable and they are all make-believe characters. Chairman Kang is the most lovable side character in the story. Even though he is an annoying grandfather, he is still a very kind-hearted man who cares for his grandsons and is always there every time they need him. Well, the old man always has his point to be annoying. It's because he is always right. If you read the webtoon, you will find out why Chairman Kang wants Taemu to get married ASAP. It's not because he is desperate to meet his great-grandchildren.
Besides Chairman Kang, I also like Secretary Yoon's character. Secretary Yoon is one of Taemu's secretaries besides Cha Seung Hoon. This character was introduced in Chapter 61: Do You Know What This Mean? Secretary Yoon is also Taemu's romantic rival at work. Yep, he is also interested in Hari when he first meets her. To Secretary Yoon, Hari is sweet, adorable, and energetic. Since Hari and Taemu keep their relationship a secret, Secretary Yoon does not know that the girl he likes is taken. But Secretary Yoon decides to back off when he finds out that Hari is dating Taemu. He highly respects his boss. To me, Secretary Yoon is a very lovable character. Too bad he is not featured in the live-action drama.
#7 THIS WEBTOON PROMOTES PROFESSIONALISM
One of the things that I like about this webtoon is that it promotes professionalism. After Hari marries Taemu, she remains an executive at Sungwoon. She only gets promoted to the managerial position five years after their marriage. Hari gets her promotion because of her hard work. Not because she's the CEO's wife.
#8 TAEMU & HARI’S RELATIONSHIP
Ever since A Business Proposal became popular in 2020, Taemu and Hari have always been voted by fans as the best webtoon couple. They are sweet, cute, and adorable. Taemu and Hari are the opposite of each other. Taemu is an alpha male with an iceberg persona. He is also a workaholic and a serious person. While Hari is a wallflower beauty with a child-like persona. She is adorable, energetic, and bubbly. With Hari, Taemu can relax and become the warm gentleman he supposes to be. Taemu and Hari are not perfect human beings. But they complete each other with love, sincerity, and kindness. These three romantic ingredients make Taemu and Hari perfect for each other. To me, Taemu and Hari are an example of a healthy relationship. They cultivate compassion. Not judgment.
#9 KANG TAEMU’S CHARACTER
Point no.9 is the no.1 reason why I enjoy reading A Business Proposal so much! It's because of Kang Taemu! He's a sexy AF alpha male hero and also the character that makes reading webtoons a worldwide pop-culture. Kang Taemu is not just handsome, charismatic, charming, and rich. He is also a very romantic and loving hero who loves his woman so dearly. He is willing to do anything to get the woman of his dreams in his arms. He is sincere and very sure of his feelings. He is also courageous and is not afraid of challenges. These are the two most important traits of an alpha male hero.