ya meets kdrama: graceling by kristin cashore

the kdrama + ya novels fun continues with ya meets kdrama! for those of you new to this series, a group of lovely gals & i are casting our favorite ya books as kdramas (because we love both)(a lot)(like a lot a lot.)

to catch you up to speed, here are the projects that’ve already been casted: so close to you by rachel carter, delirium by lauren oliver, lola and the boy next door by stephanie perkins, jellicoe road by melina marchetta, the distance between us by kasie west, if i stay by gayle forman, paper towns by john green, and white cat by holly black.

whew. this series is really growing! and this week i’m adding to it with another one of my favorite novels, graceling by kristin cashore.


i chose graceling for two reasons. one, it’s a fantastic, beautiful novel. it’s one of the first ya novels i can remember reading and just really loving. the entire series is fantastic. the second reason i chose this novel is because i really wanted to cast a sageuk, or a korean historical drama.

while i love me some korean romantic comedies and melodramatic family antics, nothing, in my opinion, beats a saguek. the hanboks! the sweeping historical settings! the political intrigue and martial arts! so many of my most favorite dramas are historical. and it just so happens that a number of historical dramas flirt with the element of magic and fantasy. ergo, graceling as a korean historical drama.

you have no idea how ridiculously excited i am about this. and casting it? so much fun. just like with jellicoe, i took great care in choosing my central actors, ones i know are strong or that show great potential (just check out my choice for po in this music video and tell me his facial expressions don’t just cut straight to your heart)(i’m looking at you 3:59 mark)(but i digress.)

so, without further ado, i present thee with:


katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. as niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. when she first meets prince po, graced with combat skills, katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. she never expects to become po’s friend. she never expects to learn a new truth about her own grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away… a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. [x]


shin min ah (신민아) as katsa


song jae rim (송재림) as prince po


kim yoo jung (김유정) as bitterblue

leck_lee byung hun

lee byung hun (이병헌) as king leck

graceling will air saturday & sunday nights at 10:00PM on tvN*

(this is fake. also, i’m totally bias on tvN. if i wrote kdramas, they’d get all of them. watch one of their shows and you’ll understand.)

hit up the ya meets kdrama crew:    laura | katie | rachel | christina

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14 thoughts on “ya meets kdrama: graceling by kristin cashore

    • BECAUSE HANBOK <3 i want to buy one so bad, you don't even know. there are at least three shops in my neighborhood.

    • yay! i’m glad you think so :) i was fingers-crossed for a picture with an eye patch, but i had to settle. but he definitely still has that creep factor

    • ME TOO. that’s the only downside to this–the realization that these aren’t real shows. graceling would be legit.

    • THANK YOU! historicals are my favorite and i couldn’t think of a better book to cast as one. i’m glad you liked it!

  1. Oh my god. I had no idea who song jae rim was before this post…MUST WATCH EVERYTHING WITH HIM NOW!!!

    To be honest the closest I’ve gotten to a historical drama was Goong (and it’s not a historical drama hahaha). They sort of intimidate me…what would you recommend I start with? Preferably one that doesn’t end with everyone dying (which is part of the reason I haven’t watched any yet haha)

    • sjr is one of my favorites :)

      historicals are the best! but yes, many people often die. i would say start with ‘queen in hyun’s man.’ it’s a fusion historical, with a guy from time travels from the past to the present. it sounds silly but oh wow, the romance. it’s so wonderfully done i can’t even.

      let me know what you think!

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