Now streaming on Netflix. Rated TV-14.
Is it just me or are Korean dramas absolutely addicting? Romance is a Bonus Book is no exception. It’s many things: a heart-warming slice-of-life, swoon-worthy romance, cheesy comedy, and gripping mystery. And somehow, it manages to wrap all those things up with a neat bow, providing the viewer with an overall all addicting and extremely fun adventure.
This show is definitely– without a doubt– character driven. We follow an ensemble of lovable characters, all of which go through some sort of growth throughout the series. While the focus is primarily on the protagonist Dan-I, we are given enjoyable and easy-to-follow glimpses into the lives of those around her. The show focuses on Dan-I’s struggles, as well as her wins (no matter how small) and her losses; ultimately presenting her as an exceptionally relatable character. As she goes through her own story we see the characters around her go through their own journeys; we have Ms. Song who has to accept the man she loves won’t return her feelings, and we even have (arguably tertiary character) Ji-Yul grows as a person and learns the importance of taking responsibility. If, for whatever reason, you don’t relate to our protagonist I guarantee you’ll find someone you can relate to.
While the series gives you a sympathetic view into the lives of its characters it also gives a unique view into the Korean publishing industry. Though it is presented through a fictional lens there are still things to be learned about the industry as well as work-life and the book industry in Korea. If you are an avid reader, I would recommend this series because of its glimpse into the behind the scenes of the book industry, even if the one it presents differs from that of your home country.
For a Korean drama, this one may be a little bit on the longer end, but it’s totally worth a watch. But warning: it’s hard to not binge!