Many of us grew up with favorite stories from classic romances and fairy tales, which instilled a lifetime fondness for excellent writing with extraordinary characters. Check out these Korean dramas where you may recognize a familiar theme combined with a unique K-drama twist.

1. Cinderella and Four Knights, starring Park So Dam and Jung Il Woo.

Does anyone not know about the enchanting tale of Cinderella and her glass slipper? This brave Cinderella meets not one but four modern princes who vie for her love.


Cinderella and Four Knights

Starring Jung Il Woo and Park So Dam

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2. Pinocchio, starring Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk.

In the classic children's tale from Italy, the puppet Pinocchio's nose would grow longer when he lies. In this very popular Korean drama, our heroine can't help but only tell the truth. In the meantime, she meets her soulmate who tell lies in order to survive.



Starring Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk

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3. Tomorrow With You, starring Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah.

H. G. Wells is the famous British author who is generally credited with popularizing the concept of time travel by publishing "The Time Machine" in 1895. In the 21st century, our K-drama hero, played by Lee Je Hoon, travels back and forth in time by a Korean subway train. 


Tomorrow With You

Starring Shin Min Ah and Lee Je Hoon

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4. My Sassy Girl, starring Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo.

One of Shakespeare's famous plays is the 16th-century comedy of "The Taming of the Shrew," where a king gives the hand of his strong-tempered daughter to any man who could tame her. K-drama fans also want to know: What if the leading man gets tamed by the fiery princess instead?


My Sassy Girl (2017)

Starring Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo

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5. Ruler: Master of the Mask, starring Yoo Seung Ho, Kim So Hyun, and Kim Myung Soo (L).

In the famous story of "The Prince and the Pauper," written by American author Mark Twain, an epic adventure begins when young Prince Edward exchanges clothing with a poor lad named Tom. In the end, Tom couldn't wait to return the crown to the rightful heir. But, what if the pretender decides to keep the throne so that he can marry the young woman who is also loved by the real crown prince?


Ruler: Master of the Mask

Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun

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These are just a few examples from recent K-dramas. Can you think of others?

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