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** Post contains some spoilers. Read at your own risk. **
So I recently started, and quickly finished, the Netflix original KDrama Romance is a Bonus Book. I loved every second of it. In fact, I’m going to be re-watching it with my mom while I’m visiting home next week. To be completely honest, I was ready to start re-watching it the moment I finished it.
Here is the synopsis from Netflix; “A gifted writer who’s the youngest editor-in-chief ever at his publishing company gets enmeshed in the life of a former copywriter desperate for a job.” Obviously, the show is not that simple, but in the first episode some fairly important things not in the synopsis are revealed, and the story builds beautifully from there.
This drama is probably my favourite out of all the ones I have seen. I loved that the main characters were older, and the story was predominantly about Kang Dan-i and her redemption story. Her rise from the ashes. I did absolutely adore the love story (stories), I was absolutely giddy watching them. Cha Eun-ho was so precious and he loved Dan-i so much, I was so enamoured by their love. I was also very glad that moments where they could have fought and had unnecessary drama, they never did. Whether that was purposeful because the characters were older or just the decisions of the writers, I was very grateful that they did that. I find that with KDramas (or Asian dramas in general) that the ships sort themselves out fairly quickly and can be quite obvious, as was the case in RIABB. But I think this is nice because instead of the characters finally getting together at the end, we get to see their relationship grow.
But back to Dan-i. She is an absolute inspiration and she is too pure for this world. Dan-i was always positive and her work ethic was incredible. I aspire to be as hardworking as Kang Dan-i. I do wish we had gotten more of Dan-i’s back story, it was mentioned that she was a bully as a child and I think that would have been interesting to explore and see how it changed when she became friends with Eun-ho.
On that note, I would have also loved more of Eun-ho’s back story. I know a lot of it was saved for the dramatic ending, but exploring his childhood a little bit before and after meeting Dan-i would have been nice too. It would have given a little more depth to the characters. Overall though, the characters were so well written and complex, and I think their pasts came out in their personalities even if we didn’t know what they were.
The storyline was really nice too. Real life drama, friendship and love, a little bit of mystery, and of course books. Like I said, I love that this focused mostly on Dan-i’s redemption. She came back from a hard relationship and a divorce. It showed how difficult it is to get a job after an extended leave, no matter what your education or experience. This was the story of a down and out mom trying to put her daughter through school overseas, who found her place in the workforce again and found love and friendship along the way. A beautiful story if you ask me.
There were other things, mystery and drama, but I think I’ll leave those for you to see for yourself. Everything was incredibly written and weaved together beautifully. This is definitely a show I’ll come back to time and again.
I’m actually kind of grateful to this show. It made me want to fall in love with reading again. I used to be a huge bookworm, and I don’t really know what happened. I went to university, got busy, have so much reading for school. But this show reminded me how beautiful books are, how beautiful it is to be able to connect and love through books, how books can bring comfort. I want to find that again. I also loved how many references there were to people being like books. There were some really beautiful sentiments, especially at the end.
I want to end this post with a few really beautiful quotes from the show. There were so many amazing lines, but these are ones that I had to pause the show so I could write them down,
“The thought of being saved by a knight in shining armour is too far fetched for me to believe. I’d rather write my own life’s story.”
“We are like books. We wait for someone to find us and open us to see what’s inside.”
“A book may not be able to change the world, but I’m sure it can still leave something warm inside someone’s heart.”
And of course, “the moon is beautiful tonight.”
There is so much more I could say, and I know after watching the show again I’ll have even more. But I’ll leave it here. I hope you consider watching this show. It was truly beautiful and I couldn’t recommend it more.
Is there a show you’ve been loving? Or one you always come back to and think the whole world should see? Let me know, I’d love some recommendations!