A new teacher, Miss Jung has a student she particularly worries about. Ryu Min is the top student in the school, he's tall, smart, and handsome. He shocks her by telling her, he wonders what it would feel like to kiss her. What is she to do about him?
Beautiful Fascination is Better Than Love was partially published in English as Seduction More Beautiful Than Love by Tokyopop, who published the first two volumes on March 11 and July 8, 2008, respectively, before the company became defunct.
A substitute teacher, Miss Jung, walks about being flirted with by her students because she's a teacher, their teacher more specifically, that shows more skin than a respectable hoe. Honestly, she looks no older than her students and she's as hard-headed as a rock (she's sloooow). So, you've got a perverted, has-weird-taste student called Ryu Min who says a bunch of one-liners to his Teach (Miss Jung) but while all this is happening; Jung's friend from college that has had a crush on her since... Well, since college, wants to have her for his girlfriend.
An obvious love triangle. The AGONY!
If anything, it's about a person who ruins and breaks up a pretty nice family, how do you like them apples, huh?
The characters were not realistic, their emotions were not consistent and yes, I just didn't like them. While the futile love triangle was going on, there were serial killer lines going around like: 'I'm always watching you'...
*Cue dramatic violin playing*
Did I mention that Ryu Min is filthy rich, (which must mean like in any story) he has family problems and (following the tradition of rich folks in Manga's, Manhwa's and the seven other different ways to spell the same thing) he lives by himself. And has a convenient hoe to boot.
Fits the criteria of a love-triangle character, amirite?
Plus, the ending was horrible. There I said it.
The illustrations were almost emotionless and were inconsistent throughout the chapters, forget about the volumes. They were too...
Special effects too...
You could be blinded by the special effects; with sparkly sparkles, flowers and overemphasized body parts galore: WARNING!!! Eye-twitching may be fatal.
Truthfully, the illustrations lacked features, details and the ability to make obvious what gender the characters were.
It was girly and did nothing to add to the Manhwa and may have actually taken away from it. Where the illustrator could have added another dimension to the story, they had failed and created eye-melting, hollow pictures.
Overall, the Manhwa was lukewarm. It had lukewarm characters, a lukewarm plot, lukewarm (awkward and lacking) illustrations and puts the readers in a lukewarm (bored) mood.
Beautiful Fascination is (surprisingly) WORSE Than Love.
Immediately, the reader will notice that there is something missing in this Manhwa; maybe depth, maybe consistency but there is definitely something missing.
ADVICE: You WILL need a psychiatrist after reading this.
Having waited to read this for a while I knew it wouldn't disappoint and was nothing less than a can't put down.
The title leads you in, Beautiful Fascination Better Than Love, a question or a statement? Seduction More Beautiful Than Love, for teacher Miss Jung does she let herself be seduced by a student? Is it nothing more that fascination and as a teacher should she over step the student teacher boundary?
A twisting tale which pulls off being light with humour with the over looming dark plot of threads flying everywhere. I found myself coming up with theories and thinking I knew how it was all going to end every few pages or so.
Lee Hyeon-Sook has a way of being able to tell a fantastic story not only by words but can draw side glances and looks that need no words just as well as any real life person. With a few character changes in looks after the first volume, the art style is beautiful not breathtaking and detailed but each character is great looking even the usually ugly nerdy brother is beautiful.
A downfall I felt was a few things were left and a few characters could have been developed more. I get the feeling that the author wanted to take the story on a journey but for whatever company problems she was having ended it sooner rather than later. Nevertheless there is still a great story told.
I easily read all 15 chapters each chapter being about 25 pages in one night. Overall left some gasps and sighs and a desire to listen to haunting classical music. read more
"A bittersweet love with a bittersweet ending" would be the best description for this Manhwa.
The drawings are very beautiful and the story line, as well as the characters have even though of the cliché Teacher x Student, something new and mysterious. What makes this story most appealing is the sudden change in the plot, the characters always choose to do something you wouldn't have expected. Plus it's less about love between a Student and a teacher but it focuses on love itself.
All in all I recommend this Manhwa to read for everyone even though it leaves a bittersweet feeling ;-)
I grabbed this and after reading the reviews, I had high expectations. But these expectations were not met.
The story is cliche - which is not enough to give it a low score. Heck, I love me some cliched romance. But! For me, the story was unintelligble. I could not follow what was going on, why certain actions were being taken, and because the story was so hard to follow, the characters were (and I hate to say this) highly dislikable!
Is the art ok? yes. Did it have the potention to be interesting. Sure! Was it interesting? no. no. and no. To be honest, I only made it through two volumes. Given how nothing made sense, there didn't seem much point making it to the end.read more