And it’s time for a review of Romance is a Bonus Book! This show just ended relatively recently and I really wanted to get my thoughts on this drama put down on paper. Hopefully if you want a second opinion after watching it yourself or just want to figure out if you should actually start watching it, you’ll enjoy this read!
My first general thoughts on this drama as it finished airing were all mostly positive. I enjoyed watching the characters on screen and rooted for them through the fairly laid back drama. My favorite part is the relationship between the two main characters and watching that blossom from a solid foundation was very fulfilling.
I really don’t think I need to introduce most of the characters. You should be acquainted with all of them!
Lee Jong Suk
First off in our line up of actors, there’s the reason most of us probably started watching this, Lee Jong Suk! Seriously, if you don’t know this guy… He’s played main roles in famous dramas such as I Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio, and W. I believe the first place I ever saw him was as a support role in Prosecutor Princess.
As always, the acting from this guy is incredible. Watch out for that smirk/smile…
If you are a fan of the Noona romance from I Hear Your Voice, then don’t worry, that’s the main plot of this drama! Noona romance! If you’re not a fan of Noona romance, it’s not super weird like a teacher and student or anything, they’re both grown adults. Regardless, the chemistry is adorable here partly because it’s Lee Jong Suk, but also because the two main characters go well together. You may miss Lee Bo Young, but while that was more starry, the chemistry here just feels more genuine and down-to-earth, probably due to the fact they story has them closely acquainted for many years. And it’s just one syllable switch to Lee Na Young! 🙂
Lee Na Young
I’m sad to admit I don’t know if I’d ever seen Lee Na Young in anything before watching this drama. She’s so talented and I can’t help but be drawn to how seasoned she seems to be. Every scene and action she had to act from sad to bashful to angry, it was all very well done.
I think the casting did a good job choosing this actress to pair for this drama with Lee Jong Suk. Lee Na Young can be stunning when she wants to be, but there are also times throughout this drama where she’s undeniably frumpy which Lee Bo Young never pulled off. Bo Young is one of my favorite actresses (Mother) but she has a different air and is I think not as good at acting different emotions.
Wi Ha Joon
Wi Ha Jooooon! What else can I saw, he made a valiant effort at being the second lead. His chemistry with the dog Geum Bi was stunning 🙂
If you are a fan of Noona romances than you have also probably seen Something in the Rain from last year. Wi Ha Joon was also in that drama, and while his role in that was quite a bit different, I believe I enjoyed his acting in this drama more. Besides, here he plays a more central character!
Jung Yoo Jin
I think the more I see of this actress the more I enjoy her. She also played in Something in the Rain (in a similar capacity) and I was captivated with her in 30 but 17. She does such a great job as the hopeful second lead female that I almost don’t want to see her as a main lead!
There are also a ton of supporting actors that you probably recognize, including Jo Han Chul (조한철), Kang Ki Doong (강기둥), Kim Sun Young (김선영), and Kim Tae Woo (김태우).
Right off the bat, I have to admit that this is no stunning fast paced twisty turny script that will keep you biting your nails in anticipation. It’s actually a rather laid back script with minimal drama, yet it doesn’t forget to include character struggles and development.
For those who enjoy love triangles, congrats, their is a love triangle (square?) BUT, do not be afraid, those who abhor love triangles (aka me). I am pleased to state that this drama does not needlessly and annoyingly drag out the choice between the second lead and the first lead. Honestly, who can get second lead syndrome with Lee Jong Suk as the lead? … You’ll have to do a lot of explanation to persuade me that it actually happened to you.
I think one of the only parts to the story I didn’t like was some forced romance between certain characters. Okay, I can believe it so it’s not forced in that regard, but all I can say is I didn’t want to see it and though it lent a small amount to character development it detracted from the story in my opinion.
Okay, I don’t want to spoil any part of the drama, but the main characters are pretty much set up in a square romance. First we have our main dashing lead Cha Eun Ho (Lee Jong Suk) who has been in love with his Noona Kang Dan Yi (Lee Na Young) for quite a while. She’s meanwhile pretty oblivious about it and meets the almost-as-dashing (and also younger) Ji Seo Joon (Wi Ha Joon). Also, Cha Eun Ho’s hoobae at work, Song Hae Rin (Jung Yoo Jin) is in love with Cha Eun Ho.
The connections between them are a little messed up for a square, but they waver and move between the couples… 🙂
The biggest part of the drama in my opinion was the two main characters Cha Eun Ho and Kang Dani and their relationship. In Something in the Rain while I enjoyed the chemistry between the two, it felt much less solid than the relationship portrayed here. There the romance felt a bit sudden and more like lust, while here it was apparent that they had true and deep feelings for each other (if unexplored). Even before love was on the table, they had a very close relationship that felt very healthy. I can’t say the same of the couple from Something in the Rain.
As second leads, Ji Seo Joon and Song Hae Rin were very good characters. Ji Seo Joon was a little more central to the story and had a fairly important role in the drama. Both characters were well defined.
On the other hand, while most of the secondary characters had some definition, there were a few that fell flat and one or two I think the drama would have benefited from cutting out all together.
My thoughts as the drama came to a close, were peaceful and had a fulfilled feeling to them. There’s not much to dislike about this drama. Perhaps you might get bored in a few scenes as I did (wanting to get to the main story), but most of the time, this drama was putting a smile on my face. It was a good and fun way to relax after a hard day of work.
While far from the most action filled story, this is definitely one for any big fan of romance. And if you love the Noona trope, then look no further, dive right in.
Have you already seen it? Let me know what you thought of the drama.