'Romance is a Bonus Book': Everything we love about Netflix's newest K-drama starring Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk

A strong plot, talented actors and well-defined characters all combine to make ‘Romance is a Bonus Book’ a gripping watch. Here's everything to look out for in the show


                            'Romance is a Bonus Book': Everything we love about Netflix's newest K-drama starring Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk

There is a new show for all you K-drama fans to obsess over, thanks to Netflix and tvN. Starring Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk, 'Romance is a Bonus Book' is quickly becoming one of our favorite K-dramas of all time. A strong plot, talented actors and well-defined characters all combine to make 'Romance is a Bonus Book' a gripping watch, but there are some very specific aspects about the show that has made us fall in love with it.



 

Here are the best things about 'Romance is a Bonus Book', which airs new episodes every Saturday and Sunday on Netflix:

A strong, independent and resourceful female lead

Na-young's Kang Dan-yi is a fresh divorcee, still dealing with the after-effects including homelessness, who conjures all of her self-confidence to find herself a new job, temporary as it may be, at Gyeoroo Publishing House. Even at her lowest point – she is resourceful, perseverant, and finds the silver linings, going as far as to visit her old home, which has been marked for demolition.

Kang Dan-Yi has been through a lot in her life, but she still fights her way to stay afloat (Twitter)
Kang Dan-Yi has been through a lot in her life, but she still fights her way to stay afloat (Twitter)

She is also crafty enough to sneakily use the resources at her childhood friend/colleague Eun-ho's house to feed, bathe and replenish herself. While Eun-ho had assumed that a maid has been cleaning up his house, Dan-yi has been the one actually doing it, and as remuneration, she has been showering and eating at his place.

The adorable 'childhood friends' backstory

Like most heartfelt romances, Dan-yi and Eun-ho also have a connection from the past – they were childhood friends. Eun-ho even played the piano for his friend’s wedding, despite not approving of her beau. He also offered to be a willing participant, if she wanted to be a runaway bride, but not because he was in love with her and could not watch her with anyone else, but because he wanted her to be happy whether it’s with him or someone else.

Cha Eun-ho has been in love with Kand Dan-yi for a long time, but he had to stand by and watch her marry a man he did not like. (Netflix)
Cha Eun-ho has been in love with Kand Dan-yi for a long time, but he had to stand by and watch her marry a man he did not like. (Netflix)

Fate has brought them back together, and even though Dan-yi is incredibly bitter about everything, they will obviously find their way into each other's arms. Despite his anger, he even congratulated her after she got the job at his office, that is as positive a sign as any. Of course, after years of hiding his love, Eun-ho has revealed his true feelings to her, which again us a great sign for things to move forward in the right direction.

LGBT+ representation

'Romance is a Bonus Book' has one of the best representations of a lesbian couple in any Korean dramas of recent times, and it obviously means quite a bit to the LGBT+ community to see this on screen. The Netflix/tvN show is doing justice in the subject of representation and we cannot help but applaud that.