The Taming of the Shrew, also known as Taming the Tomboy, is a Korean webtoon written by Biai. It falls under the drama, historical, romance and shoujo genre. It has a total of forty-three chapters.
This is my first webtoon review on this blog, so I am going to make it short and straightforward.
Summary: Bianca, the daughter of a wealthy family, announces her desire to get married but is forbidden to do so on the condition that her cold and stubborn elder sister Katherina must be married first. Bianca then schemes up a plan to have someone seduce and propose to Katherina in less than a month. She chooses the playboy Petruchio for the job.
For those who might not know, this webtoon’s story is actually based on a play of the same name, which was written by William Shakespeare between 1590 and 1592. The original storyline is now considered to be quite controversial, but I will not go into detail on that. This webtoon is simply a non-controversial and fun version of the original play.
(Warning – spoilers ahead)
Overall this was a great read. The storyline was great, the characters had substance and were actually developed nicely. Another good trait of this webtoon was the excellent comedic timing. Also, when reading a webtoon, I really take note of the art because I might not be able to get to the end if I do not like the art style. So I was pleased with this webtoon because the art for it is stunning.
Now onto the main characters:
Katherina – behind her cold and stubborn exterior, she is actually a really caring person. She is very straightforward, and I loved her savage replies to Petruchio whenever he tried to show off his skills. She is brave and goes for whatever she wants, but because of her selfless love for her sister, she decided at a young age to remain in the shadows and let Bianca have the spotlight. Thankfully by the end of the webtoon, she deals with Bianca by letting her know that what she did was wrong and selfish.
Petruchio – the playboy who hopelessly lost to the game of love. He really thought it was going to be easy, but he fell in love with Katherina first. I wanted him to fall in love first so that he could have a test of his own medicine, but then it hits him even harder when he could not be with Katherina because of his past deeds (no need to worry, they still end up together).
Bianca – The least she could have done was to get a proper man to court her sister, but I guess we needed Petruchio to fulfill the plot. Her jealousy, selfishness and fake attitude almost cost her to lose her fiancé. But I am glad that she apologized and changed her ways.
By the end of the webtoon, a few lessons should be noted –
- Do not encourage bad behaviour, call it out before it gets too far. Katherina gave up a lot just to please her sister, but Bianca got more selfish as the years went by. It would have been better to discipline her on how to share the spotlight equally with her sister. This is why I loved it when Sir Lucentio broke off his engagement with Bianca after finding out that she paid Petruchio to seduce her sister.
- Karma always hits. Your wrongdoings will catch up with you. Petruchio’s wayward ways came back to bite him when he finally found someone that he genuinely loved. In real life, we might not get a happy ending like Petruchio. So try to be kind to others because you never know who might pop up in your life again.
- A mistake does not prevent you from redeeming yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, but what really matters is what actions we take when we realize our mistakes. Do we just cover them up or try to own up to it. This can be really hard because it takes a matured person to say sorry with ease.
I really enjoyed reading The Taming of the Shrew. Feel free to leave your opinion of the webtoon if you have read it. If you have not read it yet, then go check it out. I promise you a really delightful read.
My rating: 9/10