Pig Bride is a five volume manwha (Korean comic book) fairytale romance. Our Hero is a popular boy from a rich family named Si-Joon. When he was eight years old, he became lost in the woods where he met a girl his own age wearing old fashioned clothing and a pig faced mask. When he follows her home, he is tricked into marrying the pig-masked girl. (He is also told a fairy tale where a king is also forced to marry a girl with a pigs face. He is apparently a reincarnation of the king and the little girl is a reincarnation of the original Pig Bride. Because of this, he has to marry the little girl.) He is told that the Pig Bride will come to live with him and consummate their marriage when he is sixteen. He then completely forgets about this, except in dreams.
Sure enough, when he turns sixteen, the Pig Bride arrives, telling him that his life is in incredible danger and that she will protect him. Si-Joon is extremely not impressed by this, because he is a modern teenaged boy and does not believe in weird fairytales. Unfortunately, it does turn out his life is in danger, so he has to get used to the Pig Bride Mu-Yeon and her sister Mu-Hwa trying to protect him from a mysterious enemy who has connections to his previous incarnation.
Other members of the cast include Doe-Doe, an over the top Mean Girl, and Ji-Oh, Si-Joon’s best friend and roommate at the boarding school they attend. (I have noticed that you can’t have school-setting romances without a Mean Girl or two being fabulously villainous while the boys are utterly oblivious to her wicked wiles. The Japanese and Korean versions when they show up could probably traumatize the Western version in many cases.) Another antagonist in the series is the principal who is for whatever reason grooming Doe-Doe to be a gold digger. (Work with me here, I promise this actually makes sense within the context of the story, which is all about romance and the utter necessity of getting married to a suitable person.)
This is a fun and funny story with a lot of complicated twists and turns. I like that Doe-Doe gets a redemption arc of sorts when Mu-Yeon stands up to her in a fairly spectacular way. (Pro tip to any mean girls out there who find themselves in the middle of a fairytale: Do not be mean to the girl who can cause you to be hit by lightning. It will not be a fun experience.) The romance seems to be of the “boy is indifferent or hostile to girl but slowly reveals he actually cares about her,” variety that seems to show up a lot in the manwha and manga I have read. (I do not know if there is an exact parallel in Western culture except for the “he hit you because he likes you!” jazz you sometimes heard in grade school.)