11:44 am - 02/10/2019

Romance is a Bonus Book episode 1-5 discussion

Synopsis: Kang Dan-Yi (Lee Na-Young) used to be a popular copywriter, but she is not anymore. She is now broke and unemployed. Even though she tries to find a job, due to her impressive career and excellent educational background, she is unable to find a new job.

Cha Eun-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk) is a genius writer and the youngest chief editor ever at his publishing company. He is smart and handsome. He is also even tempered at work, but he has a warm heart and a reasonable personality.

Finally, Kang Dan-Yi gets a job at a publishing company by lying about her background. Cha Eun-Ho is the chief editor at that publishing company. They begin to develop romantic feelings for each other.

Cast: Kang Dan-Yi (Lee Na-Young), Cha Eun-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk), Song Hae-Rin (Jung Eugene), Ji Seo-Joon (Wi Ha-Joon), Kim Jae-Min (Kim Tae-Woo), Ko Yoo-Sun (Kim Yu-Mi), Bong Ji-Hong (Jo Han-Chul), Seo Young-A (Kim Sun-Young), Park Hoon (Kang Ki-Doong), Oh Ji-Yool (Park Gyu-Young), Lee Seung-Jin (Lee Kwan-Hoon), Bae Gwang-Soo (Choi Seung-Yoon), and Chae Song-Yi (Lee Ha-Eun)

Director: Lee Jung-Hyo
Writer: Jung Hyun-Jung
TV Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: January 26 - March 17, 2019
Run Days/Time: Sat. & Sun. 21:00

Romance is a Bonus Book is being aired on Netflix

sources: asianwiki, netflix
modestgoddess79 10th-Feb-2019 06:15 pm (UTC)
The first episode was a downer but after that it got good. I like the focus on a divorced woman returning to the workforce. I also like the workplace being a book publisher. All the actors have good chemistry. The opening and closing credits sequences are charming. Winter is my favorite fashion season for dramas, it amuses me that they wear different coats each day. Overall it’s an enjoyable romantic comedy.
For those that complain about Lee Jong-seok ‘s nose it looks like he fixed it, his nostrils definitely look smaller than before.
daynr 10th-Feb-2019 06:44 pm (UTC)
it was a downer, but I happened to watch it when I was really upset so I liked that she got back up in the end (it is definitely influencing my emotional response to her. )

I like all the coats, and her long skirts, but I was annoyed at the [Spoiler (click to open)]make-over scene, the clothes they showed us were lame. I don't like kdrama fixation of fussy sweaters.
daynr 10th-Feb-2019 06:25 pm (UTC)
The official synopsis leaves out some pertinent information, and sounds a bit boring, but I hope people give it a try. Additional information: it's a noona romance, best friends to lovers, and some co-habitation hijinks.

I LOVE Kang Dan-i. And LJS, who is what you would expect from a drama lead, has a great quality: he too recognizes that Kang Dan-i is stellar.

I generally like romance, but I'm old enough that I am no longer here for the Boys Over Flowers variety, or for the child-like sweet, clumsy Candy heroine. Kang Dan-i is an adult, talks like an adult, acts like an adult, and after she falls, she pushes herself to get back up. I love her, and I am so thrilled to have a heroine who I can be inspired by and cheer for.

And I'm convinced the writer is using side characters to mock some other drama/real life things. Like, we have a resident male expert who is always loud and insistent, and yet is always wrong. Just like in real life! (though he's not a bad guy.)

And we have a mean girl office lady, but we also have a mean girl office lady who isn't actually, just like in real life!

I hope people want to come analyze and squee with me; I get to watch episode 6 today but I'm trying to wait so I can be inspired by Kang Dan-i before going to work tomorrow.

modestgoddess79 10th-Feb-2019 06:30 pm (UTC)
Glad someone else is enjoying it. I also like how they mocked how some people use and misuse social network sites.
tsuyoi_hikari 10th-Feb-2019 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for Jongsuk's new drama but it such a downer that its romcom. :(( I personally think its a waste for his acting talent to act in such simple production just like how I feel about Bogum's Encounter.

I watched 2 episodes so far and it was okay and interesting. I just expect more from Jongsuk after his back to back good dramas.

But yay for Jongsuk to finally act with his fave actress the very famous Lee Na Young. I wonder whether he's super nervous like he did while filming W with Han Hyo Joo. :P
mewgical 10th-Feb-2019 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm still working through episodes but I am loving this and I generally hate romance drama's. Hopefully it won't go too OTT in romance.

I relate so hard to Dan-i. I cried a few times during the first two episodes. Especially when [Spoiler (click to open)]she says the line about how she's half way to death (if she dies at 80) and is she supposed to live like this for her remaining years. I've thought that too many times.

I need more funny montages with the original editing crew like in episode two. I really want to see more of thier dynamics but set in a funny way. But I have a bad feeling that [Spoiler (click to open)] Hae-Rin is going to be a part of the romance triangle (along with the shoe fairy godmother). And idk I can stomach the golden retriever guy being part of the triangle but something about how it will probably mess up the dynamics of the editing team makes me a bit sad.

But really I wish there was a story like this about a woman +30 dealing with the bullshit of life or even a slice of life type drama about friendship but with no romance. There needs to be more dramas with no romance.
daynr 10th-Feb-2019 08:05 pm (UTC)
struggling with some of the disillusionment that comes as you get a bit older and look around and go .... "this?" really strikes home for me too. The fact that she is trying to push past it and still finds joy in things really resonates for me.

I'm glad you love her too! Hopefully she'll stay loveable, unlike a certain Secretary Kim.

btw, there are a couple friendship shows, I just haven't watched enough of them (I like romance.) I suspect Keyfelt will have some recommendations, I'll try to remember to ask on one of his/her posts in the future.
chimpansee 10th-Feb-2019 09:46 pm (UTC)
I love that the trend for k-drama leading women has become mature women with a good head on their shoulders. Dani isn't perfect but she feels like an actual real human being who sometimes makes bad decisions, but at least she's not a damsel in distress waiting for some asshole oppa to treat her like shit to her face and save her behind her back. Her living in Eunho's house without permission felt creepy af to me though.

In my country only 2 episodes have been available yet so I can't say too much but I like the story so far. It really tackles an interesting problems within Korean society (divorce in general, women in the workplace, how divorcees are treated, etc). Also the fact that Eunho's ex was in a relationship with a woman and the way it was mentioned so casually surprised me but I also really liked it. I hope these sort of small nods to LGBT relationships can continue in the future (so that, one day, perhaps...). I don't know if I'm ready for a triangle romance with shoe-umbrella guy but I love the way the drama is filmed until now and I'll be watching!
mewgical 11th-Feb-2019 02:56 am (UTC)
I like that she told the umbrella guy she didn't believe in fairy tale princes at her age. It felt appropriate and unlike what you'd see in other dramas.

I do think it's crazy that she just lived there for a week, but as someone who's been homeless I kind of get it. She was super ashamed to admit any of it and when her shambles of a shack went down she didn't have anywhere to go. And being homeless in a highly populated area is just scary. Maybe I'm trying to rationalize too much but I guess I see parts of Dan-i in me so I super sympathize.

My thing about the lesbian relationship was that they had to ad in that quip about "how did you lose your girl to another woman". But I guess it is a step forward. I do hope one day to have a full romance drama with lesbians that isn't catering to male gaze.
mallmouse 10th-Feb-2019 09:53 pm (UTC)
ok, the minute I stop rewatching the first Something in the rain episodes I'll def. start this one.
neongoldtooth 11th-Feb-2019 12:02 am (UTC)
Are the subs pretty good on Netflix? Do they still use the Korean soundtrack. I’ve had bad past experiences. 😑
shuumi_miss 11th-Feb-2019 01:36 am (UTC)
I've watched some episodes of Mr. Sunshine in spanish and they are good to me. I generally watch dramas in english because spanish subs are bad, but I had no problem with Mr. Sunshine in Netflix.

They use the korean soundtrack in Mr. Sunshine but they don't sub the songs (which is a shame).
donaldjdrumpf 11th-Feb-2019 12:17 am (UTC)
Is this worth watching? I'll need a diff drama after I finish Sky Castle
modestgoddess79 11th-Feb-2019 02:24 am (UTC)
If you like Romantic comedies then yes.
infj23 11th-Feb-2019 02:05 am (UTC)
I say yes. Thus far, it's doing what What's Wrong with Secretary Kim didn't with the female lead (see comments above).
keytfelt 11th-Feb-2019 05:47 pm (UTC)
Happy to see so many comments on a drama discussion post! I'm avoiding reading comments since I haven't watched yet, but I downloaded the first two episodes from Netflix to watch on my flight right now and hopefully I'll get caught up soon and pop back in here.
daynr 12th-Feb-2019 12:33 am (UTC)
why you're here ... someone upthread mentioned the lack of kdramas with adult women being friends... without a romantic angle. I figured you might know some .... know some?

(Like hello my twenties wouldn't qualify, cause they're not really adults.)

Enjoy your trip!
keytfelt 15th-Feb-2019 07:41 am (UTC)
Finally caught up! I'm really liking this show, thanks for talking about it OP! I love Dan-i so far, she is such a real person that doesn't seem like a Drama Character. I'm invested in her getting a happy ending and feeling useful and fulfilled in her job. I think Eun Ho loving her is cute, but I probably could do without the romance.

So far I'm really digging the office people, the characters are fun. I enjoy the boss, he's a hoot but also seems to be a good friend to Eun Ho. I really like Hae Rin. I thought umbrella/green onion guy was a cutie until he went all intense asking about the missing author. Now I'm :/ even though he has a cute face and a cute dog.

I've been in a drama slump for months that was only broken by SKY Castle and I'm glad for this cute drama to help keep me in drama watching mode.
mewgical 17th-Feb-2019 08:25 pm (UTC)
No problem for the post. I'm going to try and do weekly discussions since this is such a cute drama and I'm a invested in Dan-i's happiness too.

IA about the umbrella man. I thought he was going to be ok and then he ends up being a jerk and I don't like how he's provoking Eun ho when he knows that Eun Ho likes her.

I'm glad this has gotten you out of your drama slump. It got me back into watching drama's too. Last one I watched was Hello Monster and that was last year.
thebloomroom 22nd-Feb-2019 12:14 am (UTC)
I finally watched, I'm gonna regret starting a show that is coming out in phases bc I love to binge lol but Lee Jong Suk is one of my faves, but I still think his nose looks off as hell lol. It's too small for his face and always has been. He is playing the same character he always does lol it's too much. And he is especially wearing way too light makeup in this show.

I love the actor for the designer!! The brother from Something in the Rain. Not me shipping Kang Dani with him over LJS but it is what it is LOL. I just like his face.

I looove Kang Dan-i omg she is too good of a person!!! I want her to succeed so bad. That one lady at their company is horrible omfg i Hate her
daynr 5th-Mar-2019 02:00 am (UTC)
Your description of LJS's appearance may encapsulate why I can't really embrace him.
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