It’s been a while since my last ‘reasons’ post. These will have potential spoilers from the first few episodes of Romance is a Bonus Book. Please read with caution. I talked briefly about this series before it aired here.
6 Reasons You Should Be Watching Romance is a Bonus Book.
ONE. THE NOONA KILLER. For all intents and purposes, I am referencing Lee Jong Suk right out of the gate. He has so much chemistry with his leading ladies, even the older ones. Lee Na Young is no different. When watching them interact, I forget that there’s even an age gap to begin with.
TWO. THE STRUGGLES OF REALITY. Kang Dan Yi, played by Lee Na Young, is struggling to come to grips with a world that has left her behind. She quit her job in advertising when she got married and had a daughter. She became a house wife, who was more than happy to welcome this change.
When her married life falls apart, Kang Dan Yi is thrust back into the cutthroat world of employment. No matter her degree and no matter her qualifications, no one cares because she’s “old” and has been out of work for numerous years. Dan Yi’s struggle is very relatable and realistic. The world has changed around her and now she must muster up all of her strength and determination to make it in a world where the odds are stacked against her.
THREE. THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING. It’s no shock that I love reading and immediately gravitated towards Romance is a Bonus Book. Workplace dramas can tend to feel stale, but I’m excited to see the publishing world at the forefront of this drama.
I like that Dan Yi’s is the underdog, but has the talent and dedication to make it. Her passion when she worked tirelessly to come up with book blurb ideas was such a nice moment.
FOUR. THE UNREQUITED LOVE. Early on, Romance is a Bonus Book shows us that Cha Eun Ho has more than platonic feelings for Kang Dan Yi. They’ve known each other since their school years and while I treasure their friendship, I hope that the adorably cute Eun Ho takes his chance to voice his true feelings. Unrequited love is tough and the drama is doing a nice job of tying in relevant flashbacks to Eun Ho and Dan Yi.
FIVE. BRINGING OUT THE WORDSMITH IN ALL OF US. I can’t speak for everyone, but with this drama being centered around the publishing profession, it has made me want to write and blog so much more. My passion for writing is really coming back while watching this drama. I think the strength of a good drama is when you find yourself inspired by the content.
SIX. FIGHTING AGAINST THE STATUS QUO. Kang Dan Yi is a strong character that doesn’t give up when the going gets tough. She’d rather suffer and work hard quietly in order to avoid inconveniencing her friends. She doesn’t sit around and wallow in misery over the crappy card that life has dealt her. Instead, she musters as much strength, courage, and optimism that she can and she surges forward.
Yes, she is human so it’s heartbreaking to see her break down, but she doesn’t blame others for her situation nor does she try to gain sympathy from it. Given the circumstances, she does the best she can. Even when everyone thinks she’s too old or no longer qualified, she continues forward and fights against the status quo.
And there you have it, 6 reasons you should be watching Romance is a Bonus Book.
Stay tuned. I am watching episode 4 and plan to post a First Impressions of Romance is a Bonus Book this week.
You can officially watch Romance is a Bonus Book with English subtitles on Netflix. As of 2/3/19, 4 episodes are available to watch.
Side Thoughts: Okay, so I know this drama got off to a bit of a slow start, but it is just my speed. I am reeling from Lee Jong Suk. He’s such a tender, good-hearted guy here and seeing that kind of male lead always tugs more at my heartstrings than the leads that are total jerks. I tend to really enjoy his work.
One of my top dramas of all time is W – Two Worlds starring Lee Jong Suk. Shortly after that drama began airing, I wrote a 10 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘W’ as well as a W Recommendation post. In every drama I watch, I fee LJS always finds a way to really breathe life into his roles. His characters are never dull or flat. They all have their own quirks, and in W – Two Worlds, that drama really allowed him to have fun with the role. He even gave his character, Kang Cheol, his own accent and distinct mannerism. Make sure you check out that 10 Reasons post and let me know what you think.
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