Romance Is a Bonus Book

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Romance Is a Bonus Book
Romance Is a Supplement.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • Romance Is a Supplement
  • How to Publish Love
Hangul로맨스는 별책부록
GenreRomantic comedy
Created byStudio Dragon
Written byJung Hyun-jung
Directed byLee Jeong-hyo
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Hwang Jee-woo
Camera setupSingle camera
Production company(s)Story & Pictures Media
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 26 (2019-01-26) –
March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)
External links

Romance Is a Bonus Book[1] (Korean로맨스는 별책부록; RRRomaenseuneun Byeolchaekburok) is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk.[2][3] It aired from January 26 to March 17, 2019 on tvN.[4][5][6]


Cha Eun Ho is a successful author and a senior editor at a book publishing company. Kang Dan-i is a mother and former successful advertising copywriter. When Cha Eun Ho was a child, Kang Dan-i saved him from an accident and was injured. Cha Eun Ho helped her recuperate and they have been close friends ever since. When Kang Dan-i goes through a major life change and tries to re-enter the professional world, their lives become even more connected. They face personal and professional challenges as they slowly start to realize their true feelings for each other.



A former rising star and a current unemployed divorcee who later joins a publishing company as a temporary worker.
A brilliant writer who is also the company's youngest editor-in-chief.
The Lead Content Development Editor.
A freelance book designer.


People at the publishing company[edit]


  • Oh Eui Sik as Hong Dong-min
  • Lee Ji Won as Hong Jae-hee
  • Hwang Se On as Kim Na-kyung
  • Noh Jong-hyun as Oh Ji-yool's ex-boyfriend


The first script reading was held on October 26, 2018 with the attendance of the cast and crew.[17][18]

This series marks Lee Na-young's return to small screen after nine years and Lee Jong-suk's first romantic comedy.[19]

On January 21, 2019, a press conference was held to promote the series with the attendance of lead cast.[20][21]

Lee Jong-suk finished filming his scenes for the series on February 27, 2019 due to his military service enlistment on March 8.[22]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Romance Is a Bonus Book OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LabelKakao M

Part 1[edit]

Released on February 3, 2019 (2019-02-03)
1."Take My Hand" (나는 볼 수 없던 이야기)Choi Jung-hoon
  • Choi Jung-hoon
  • Kim Do-hyung
  • Yoo Young-hyun
2."Take My Hand" (Inst.) 
  • Choi Jung-hoon
  • Kim Do-hyung
  • Yoo Young-hyun
Total length:7:32

Part 2[edit]

Released on February 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)
1."Rainbow" (레인보우)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Surf Green
  • Park Min-joo
2."Rainbow" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Surf Green
  • Park Min-joo
Total length:7:02

Part 3[edit]

Released on February 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)
1."All I Do" (그대만 떠올라)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
Roy Kim4:26
2."All I Do" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
Total length:8:52

Part 4[edit]

Released on February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24)
1."I Pray"
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Surf Green
2."I Pray" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Surf Green
Total length:7:42

Part 5[edit]

Released on March 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)
1."Some Day" (어떤 날)The Black SkirtsThe Black SkirtsThe Black Skirts4:06
2."Some Day" (Inst.) The Black Skirts 4:06
Total length:8:12

Part 6[edit]

Released on March 9, 2019 (2019-03-09)
1."A Book Of You" (너라는 책)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho1601Son Ho-young (g.o.d)3:51
2."A Book Of You" (Inst.) 1601 3:51
Total length:7:42

Part 7[edit]

Released on March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)
1."Close I'll Be" (너의 모든 기억속에)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoKim Se-jin, MidnightKim Na-young3:26
2."Close I'll Be" (Inst.) Kim Se-jin, Midnight 3:26
Total length:6:52

Part 8[edit]

Released on March 16, 2019 (2019-03-16)
1."Happy End"Nam Hye-seung, Surf GreenNam Hye-seung, Surf GreenSAya, Kim Ki-won3:51
2."You're Beautiful"Nam Hye-seung, JELLO ANNNam Hye-seung, Park Sang-heeWill Bug2:36
3."Walking On Sunshine"Nam Hye-seung, Surf GreenNam Hye-seung, Surf GreenSAya3:11
Total length:9:38
Disc 2:
1."Romance is Supplement" (Opening Title)Various Artists0:44
2."A Warm Book"Various Artists3:58
3."Dan yi and Eun ho's story"Various Artists1:22
4."Dan yi's Room"Various Artists1:17
5."Eun ho's Whisper 1"Various Artists1:34
6."Eun ho's Whisper 2"Various Artists1:35
7."Funny publisher 'Gyeoroo'"Various Artists1:57
8."I know Kang Dang-yi"Various Artists1:31
9."Lovely Couples"Various Artists1:11
10."The Romance"Various Artists2:41
11."Today too fighting"Various Artists2:32
12."Where are my shoes?"Various Artists1:18
13."We on snow day"Various Artists1:49


  • In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[23]
Nationwide Seoul
1 January 26, 2019 A Big Sister I Know, Kang Dan-i
(아는누나, 강단이)
4.280% 4.937%
2 January 27, 2019 You Were Hiding In My House?
(우리 집에 숨어 살았어?)
4.420% 5.466%
3 February 2, 2019 People Calling Me By My Name
(사람들이 내 이름을 불러)
4.385% 5.355%
4 February 3, 2019 Everybody Turn Their Backs On Me
(모든 이들이 내게 등을 돌려도)
4.256% 5.155%
5 February 9, 2019 I'm Curious Too, About My Feelings
(나도 궁금해, 내 마음이)
4.436% 5.601%
6 February 10, 2019 I Think I Already Knew It From The Beginning
(이미 안다고 생각하는 것도 다시 처음부터)
5.064% 6.468%
7 February 16, 2019 Tell Him I'm Waiting Here
(나 여기서 기다린다고 전해줘요)
4.962% 6.073%
8 February 17, 2019 The Hot Touch Was A Dream
(그 뜨거운 손길은 꿈이었을까)
5.378% 6.857%
9 February 23, 2019 That Old Book Is Like The First Time Reading
(그 오래된 책이 마치 처음 읽는 책처럼)
5.8% N/A
10 February 24, 2019 There Are Days Like This
(가 끔 오늘 같은 날이 있어)
5.822% 7.139%
11 March 2, 2019 We Have To Be Together, Why Do You Want To Break Up?
(같이 있을 생각을 해야지, 왜 헤어질 생각을 해?)
5.029% 5.963%
12 March 3, 2019 How About A Title For Your First Date?
(제목으로 첫 데이트는 어때?)
5.238% 6.396%
13 March 9, 2019 Did It Hurt Because Of Me?
(나 때문에 마음 아팠지?)
5.329% 6.336%
14 March 10, 2019 You Know Me, Right?
(너는 나를 다 알지?)
6.345% 7.753%
15 March 16, 2019 I Should Have Known If You Didn't Say Anything...
(네가 말하지 않았어도 알았어야 했는데...)
5.018% 6.166%
16 March 17, 2019 As If I Had Met You In a Book and Received Warm Comfort..
(내가 너라는 책을 만나 따뜻한 위로를 받았듯이..)
6.651% 8.177%
Average 5.151% [a]
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Wi Ha-joon Nominated [24]
21st Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST "Take My Hand" (Jannabi) Pending [25]


  1. ^ Due to some ratings not recorded, the exact average rating is unknown.


  1. ^ ROMANCE IS A BONUS BOOK [티저] 그렇게 우리의 새로운 챕터가 시작되었다! (이나영 Voice) 로맨스는 별책부록 190126 EP.0. YouTube (in Korean). tvN Drama. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Dong Sun-hwa (15 October 2018). "Lee Jong-suk, Lee Na-young to star in upcoming drama". The Korea Times.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" "9년 만에 드라마 복귀"..이나영 '로맨스는 별책부록' 확정, 이종석과 호흡. Korea Kyungje (in Korean). 15 October 2018. Archived from the original on 2 April 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk to show romance in publishing industry in new rom-com". Kpop Herald. 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Lee Na-young to Appear in Rom-Com Series with Lee Jong-suk". The Chosun Ilbo. 22 January 2019.
  6. ^ "'Romance Is A Bonus Book' popular on online platforms". The Korea Times. February 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lee Na-young returns to small screen with rom-com after 9 years". Kpop Herald. 15 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Lee Jong-suk cast for new tvN series set to air early next year". Yonhap News Agency. September 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lee Jong-suk to star in tvN rom-com". Kpop Herald. September 28, 2018.
  10. ^ Yoo Cheong-hee (November 2, 2018). "배우 정유진, tvN '로맨스는 별책부록' 캐스팅…출중한 편집자 役". TenAsia (in Korean).
  11. ^ "위하준, '로맨스는 별책부록' 출연…이나영X이종석과 호흡[공식]". Sports Seoul (in Korean). November 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Baek Ji-eun (October 30, 2018). [단독] 김태우, '로맨스별책부록' 출연확정…이종석과 브로맨스. Sports Chosun (in Korean).
  13. ^ Myung Hee-sook (October 24, 2018). 김유미, '로맨스는 별책부록' 확정 '4년만의 복귀작' [공식]. My Daily (in Korean).
  14. ^ 조한철, ‘로맨스는 별책부록’ 출연확정…이종석·이나영과 호흡 [공식입장]. Sports Donga (in Korean). November 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "박규영, '로맨스는 별책부록' 출연확정..이나영X이종석과 호흡[공식입장]". Osen (in Korean). November 12, 2018.
  16. ^ 최승윤, '로맨스는 별책부록' 캐스팅… '악역 벗고 순한 이미지로 등장!'. Maeil (in Korean). January 22, 2019.
  17. ^ "'로맨스는 별책부록' 이나영X이종석, 첫 만남부터 꿀케미 터진 대본 리딩 현장". SE Daily (in Korean). 13 November 2018.
  18. ^ Park Soo-in (13 November 2018). "'로맨스는 별책부록' 이나영X이종석, 대본리딩부터 이렇게 설렐 줄은". Newsen (in Korean).
  19. ^ Yoon Hyo-jung (15 October 2018). [공식입장] 이나영, 이종석과 로코 '별책부록' 확정…9년만에 안방복귀. News1 Korea (in Korean).
  20. ^ Myung-hee Sook (21 January 2019). '로맨스는 별책부록' 이종석 "올해 입대 예정, 팬들 위해 첫 로코 도전". My Daily (in Korean).
  21. ^ '로맨스는 별책부록' 이종석 "이나영과 호홉, 난 성공한 팬". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 21 January 2019.
  22. ^ [공식입장] 이종석, 3월8일 대체복무 "성실히 의무 다할것". Naver (in Korean). News1 Korea. 26 February 2019.
  23. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  24. ^ Yoo, Chung-hee (April 4, 2019). "김서형·염정아·김혜자 등 '백상예술대상' TV부문 최종 후보 공개". Ten Asia (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  25. ^ "2019 MAMA' Unveils Official Nominees, Check the List and Voting Here" (in Korean). Business Time. October 26, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.

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