This time on “Would I Date Him?”…I reflect upon the leading man from the series Romance is a Bonus Book.
Our candidate: Romance is a Bonus Book’s Cha Eun Ho, portrayed by Lee Jong Suk, is a successful author and founding member of a publishing member that is lacking one thing…love.
While Lee Jong Suk is not one of my cadres of cuties (actors I follow and watch their dramas), I have enjoyed many dramas featuring this actor. He recently began his two years of military service on March 8, 2019. Romance is a Bonus Book was his last drama we will see for awhile. Lee Jong Suk is slated to be discharged on January 2, 2021.
Background. Cha Eun Ho is a successful author and editor at the publishing company. His career is solid and fulfilling. He has secretly loved Kang Dan Yi (Lee Na Young) for years. Recently divorced she is clueless about his feelings. She has put Eun Ho in the dreaded friend zone.
PATIENT. Eun Ho loved Dan Yi but was the younger man afraid to make a move. Instead he watched her marry another that wasn’t worthy of her love. Eun Ho exercised patience as he waited for Dan Yi, being her only friend (though he longed to be more) respecting her marriage, this was a line morally he would not cross.
CARING. Eun Ho was smart and confident at the publishing company. But what set him apart was his caring nature. As noted, he cared for Dan Yi and stood by her even though she wasn’t available. But as this series unfolded we learned that Eun Ho was a surrogate son to a writer suffering from Alzheimer. He didn’t shy away from the disease or his promise to keep the writer’s request for secrecy. Eun Ho patiently gave support, love, and emotional & physical caring.
COULDN”T BREAK OUT OF THE FRIEND ZONE. Eun Ho had a friend for so long, it never occurred to Dan Yi to see him as a man and a romantic love interest. Granted, Dan Yi needed time to process being dumped and divorced, which Eun Ho provided. There was a significant portion of the series I wondered if Eun Ho would ever hit on the right strategy to propel himself out of the friend zone.
Is he my next date?
Who wouldn’t be interested in dating a smart, caring, patient man that understands your right to pursue your own happiness? YES, I would date him. 👍