ya meets kdrama: jellicoe road by melina marchetta

a beautiful thing happened a few weeks back: a few of my fellow kdrama friends/ya writers came up with this ingenious idea to combine our shared loves and cast our favorite ya novels as kdramas!

we’re calling it–wait for it–YA MEETS KDRAMA

so far, three stellar books have been cast: so close to you by rachel carter, delirium by lauren oliver, and lola and the boy next door by stephanie perkins.

this week it’s my turn, and it should come as no shock to anyone who knows me that i’ve chosen my all-time favorite book in all of existence ever: jellicoe road, by the ridiculously talented melina marchetta.


i could wax poetic about this book forever, y’all, but i’ll spare you this one time and simply say that, if you haven’t already read it, get the heck on that. this book will wreck you and build you up in the best ways possible.

i labored long and hard in casting this book, both because it literally is my most favorite book ever and because kdramas are literally my most favorite thing on television. but i’m confident that these actors would do their characters justice, bringing to life all the little details that made me fall in love with them.

so, without further ado, i present thee with:

jellicoe title

at age eleven, taylor markham was abandoned by her mother. at fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. now seventeen, taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the townies and visiting cadets has just begun. this year, though, the cadets are led by jonah griggs, and taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. to make matters worse, hannah, the one adult taylor trusts, has disappeared. but if taylor can piece together the clues hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future. [x]


park bo young (박보영) as taylor markham


seo in guk (서인국) as jonah griggs


song hyo kye (송혜교) as hannah

the brigadier

hyun bin (현빈) as the brigadier


jung eun ji (정은지) as raffaela (raffy)


kang ha neul (강하늘) as santangelo (chaz)

and, of course, the five:

the five

(left to right)

kang so ra (강소라) as tate

song joong ki (송중기) as webb

ha yeon soo (하연수) as narnie

kim myung soo (김명수) as jude

choi woo shik (최우식) as fitz

jellicoe road will air monday & tuesday nights at 10:00PM starting october 7th on tvN.*

(because tvN is basically the best kdrama channel ever and my bbs deserve the best.)

(*this is fake. sadly.)

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

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11 thoughts on “ya meets kdrama: jellicoe road by melina marchetta

  1. Haha! I dunno, but TvN being the best, I was pretty let down with Who Are you, even if I got to watch Teac Yeon. Then again, I’m pretty sure they did Flower Boy Next Door, which is my favorite show ever so… Great choices! I haven’t read this book, but you bet I want to now!

    • i find that tvN has had the most consistently well scripted/executed shows. the flower boy series, queen in hyun’s man, reply 1997, etc. i actually didn’t realize who are you is one of their shows. i’m whoa behind, so i’m not sure what to think about it yet. but! i’m glad you liked the post :) jellicoe is a DEFINITE must read. best freaking book ever.

    • right! it would make such a great show… a perfect blend of drama, mystery, and those secrets pasts they loooooove the keep hidden. man, it would be amazing :) thank you!

  2. Okay, this is awesome. I haven’t read the book, but any casting with Kang Ha Neul and Seo In Guk is good with me! (Also, loving all the “Monstar” and “1997” actors cast here. Woohoo! Two of my fav dramas evah!)

    • you should TOTALLY read this book! it’s incredible. and i love that you love the casting–they were obvious choices, in my opinion. especially in guk. he’s my most confident casting. he’d rock out jonah like no one would believe.

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