If you are on Netflix, you would have seen a new Korean drama title on air called Romance is A Bonus Book. Aired once a week for 16 episodes, it has just ended its run and I have just completed watching all episodes.
Unlike the typical K-drama story line of a rich chaebol (heir to a fortune) and a poor woman working her way up in life, this drama tells a story of a single mom returning to work due to financial constraints. Having a 7 years gap in her employment history is definitely a big disadvantage in an environment that is already biased towards her decision to look after her family full time.
What sets this drama apart from current dramas is its artistic flair in its story line. It shows passion about the making of books and the people who eat, drink and breathe books in a publishing company.
I like that in each episode, they incorporate a little life lesson. Story telling that focuses on what matters in life.
It’s sort of like a coming-of-age movies or dramas, but for adults who needs a realignment of priorities in their lives.
Truth be told, I was only watching this drama because of the male lead, Lee JongSuk, who played the character Cha EunHo. Little did I know that despite its light weight story line, it is impactful and brought me to tears in some episodes.
The drama resonates well with me because like the female character Kang Dan-I, I too wish to be in paid employment again after a decade of home-full-time-gig.
At the end of the show, the company decided to implement a blind recruitment policy, whereby new staff will be interviewed and recruited based on merit. Too good to be true for that to happen in real life, but I get my happy ending which is all I want in my dramas.
A definite good watch!