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Lee Jong-seok, Lee Na-young up for tvN noona romance

Yaaaaas! I was afraid we wouldn’t see Lee Jong-seok (While You Were Sleeping) before he was called away to the army, but it looks like we may get at least one more noona-romance from him. He’s being courted for tvN’s upcoming Romance Is a Supplement. But that’s not all, his potential noona-lover is Lee Na-young (Runaway Plan B)! What’s really cute about the Lee Jong-seok/Lee Na-young matchup is that Lee Jong-seok is rumored to be a huge fan of Lee Na-young. Apparently, he’s memorized her entire filmography, and sometimes practices his acting by watching her works.

Getting back to the meat of today’s news, Romance Is a Supplement tells the story of bookmakers in a world where people rarely read books. In the setting of a traditional book publishing company, the romance between Lee Jong-seok and Lee Na-young unfolds. He will be the youngest-in-company-history editor-in-chief who is a coldly strict perfectionist when it comes to work, but a warmly passionate man when it comes to people and relationships.

His character description says that he has such a busy schedule teaching his students that he’s rarely in the office, making some people at the company to gossip that he’s an editor-in-chief only in name. However, he’s the type of man who takes responsibility to fulfill his duties perfectly, and he truly is an example of how age does not necessarily correlate with capability.

Lee Na-young plays a woman who was once a rising star, but now is an unemployed divorcee. In her past, she entered a top university, and even before she graduated, she was recruited by a famous advertisement company as a college student copywriter, and she went on to win a grand prize for her work. Then, she married her boyfriend of three years, but it didn’t work out. As the drama begins, she dreams of being employed, but she’s too overqualified, which intimidates her potential employers. So she hides her educational background and enters Lee Jong-seok’s publishing company as a temp worker by pretending to be a high school dropout.

The other reason why this is big news is because Lee Na-young hasn’t been in dramaland since 2010. Ever since her quiet marriage to Won Bin and subsequent pregnancy, she’s been keeping a low profile. She did shoot a film Beautiful Days in 2017, but it still hasn’t been released. It’s also been a year since we’ve seen Lee Jong-seok, but he is supposed to appear in a short two-episode SBS drama called Death Song soon.

I Need Romance and Discovery of Romance writer Jung Hyun-jung and Life on Mars PD Lee Jung-hyo are working together to bring us this new project. Romance Is a Supplement is slated to be broadcast in the first half of next year on tvN.

Via IS Plus, Osen, MBN

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So excited for this. Grins in anticipation

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I wasn’t planning to watch this but then I saw β€œLife on Mars PD Lee Jung-hyo” and now I’m excited. After all he did film Witch’s Romance, the mother of all Noona romances.

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Oohhh, good point about the PD. I still need to see PSJ in Witch’s Romance. I’ve only ever heard good things about it.

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I think a lot of people still like PSJ’s character from Witch’s Love the best even though he wasn’t famous back then.

At least you need to watch that infamous scene where she realised his age πŸ˜„

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That scene is one of the best scenes ever filmed. It's sexy, it's funny. It's fantastic.

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Lol at that imagination of PSJ's pouty face "Noona~"

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Just remembering that face brings tears (of laughter) to my eyes 🀣

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was pretty noona who buys me food.. such a big hit that we have song hye kyo's piece and then immediately after this one.. too many noona romances..

i don't want another legal/doctor trope which becomes irritating asf after the first one

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And hopefully not too much family drama with parents that are too traditional and against a relationship with an older woman...

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Drama with books. I'm sold.

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I agree.
Like times 10!!

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Same. I write that as my hot tea and my kindle are waiting beside me.

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Noona romance. Lee Jong Suk. PD of Life on Mars? I'm sold.

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I loved I Need Romance 2012 & Discovery of Love, partly due to my girl crush Jung Yumi, but I can't help to look forward to this writer's new project too. *low key excited*

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It sounds fun!
I never got very far in any of the 'I Need Romance' dramas. But having the PD from 'Life on Mars' with these 2 actors make me forget about that... *marks calendar while giggling...*

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All the I Need Romance series were pretty woeful. That was the only thing about that that gave me pause.

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I know, right? I hated them. But frankly, if Lee Jong-suk took this, I'd have to watch it.

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Yes, they aren't even awful enough to be fun. *sigh*

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@Rukia Exactly! I don't mind truly awful shows (sometimes), as long as I can have fun grumbling cynically about them. πŸ˜‚

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More About Time than Risky Romance unfortunately.

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I watched and find I've forgotten About Time. That was just how 'un-memorable' it was.

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@growingbeautifully, never forget TOD's fantastic two for one smash into the leads. A cinematic masterpiece of trope madness.

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I actually forgot about that too!!! 😜 πŸ˜† πŸ˜„

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Woo-hoo! Maybe I'll rewatch W to get back into a Lee Jong-seok mood😍

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I think I’m more excited that this show is about books than I am about either actor. And will this be the first LJS show I finish? We shall see!

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I got so excited I completely forgot to comment on this: I love this premise. I obviously love books. I hear 50 kajillion times a day that books are a dying industry and that no one reads anymore unless its on their phone/device. I love that this drama is set in the publishing industry.

I'm already daydreaming about books and bookcase porn. Bring it on, drama! My soul is ready!

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Me: Lee Jong-suk, yes. Noona romance, good. BOOKS, I'm IN.

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I would give Pinocchio and I Can Hear Your Voice one more try. Just a teeny try. Maybe you'll finish them?

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Oh. My. LANTA I am HERE for this! I am ready. Make this happen. Everyone involved: just say yes! Yes is a great word! Say yes! And get started! Lets go!

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This is all I ever needed. This is it. I'm done.

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Waaah~ books! I'm rediscovering my love for them (though thoroughly pissed off at all three books I've read this month, my first try of Stephen King's works--all three have WTF endings). Anyway, a drama about books and working to get people to love them again. Yey!

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***whispers*** read Pachinko if you like fiction about Koreans and history, family sagas, and just plain good writing.

Or if you want a fantasy type book How to Stop Time had me pulling an all nighter recently. Bonus, Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly going to star in the film version, and he will be perfect.

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I finished Pachinko last June :) though I picked it up completely by accident. My bestfriend’s niece’s nickname is pachenko and I thought it was related to the book. πŸ˜‚

I like apocalyptic fiction best. (The three Kings I picked off the shelf were Mist, Cell, and Sleeping Beauties). I’m gonna be on the lookout for How to Stop Time though. It sounds like a K-drama!

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How to Stop Time actually disappointed me. Beautifully written, but kind of tumbles to a finish.

What, there's a film coming out???

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Aww... I don't like disappointing endings (thus my newfound King hate). I'd rather have a mediocre book with a great ending *slides The Boy On The Bridge across the table*

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Ugh, but Goodreads is telling me it's horror! I can't do horror!
I'm currently reading The Radleys, which is also a Matt Haig book, and I actually think I like it more than How to Stop Time.

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@frabbycrabsis You're right about the ending of How to Stop Time it did kind of fizzle. Hopefully the screenplay will do better.

@mary **grabs The Boy On the Bridge Ooh, I forgot about the follow up to The Girl With All the Gifts. Thanks for the reminder.

If you would like to be kept awake, the novella Sleep Donation might be just enough science fictiony horror to do the trick.

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Pachinko was a great read. I was kind of sorry when i finished it because it felt like the characters would keep on with their lives and I wouldn’t be able to follow along.

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Hey, Mary. I also started to read again, you know, for fun. (Although I keep on reading psychology and serious stuffs) but anyways, I started reading again for fun, Meg Cabot, the princess diaries collection, which I already read at least once before.... super silly, but super funny, and the most important thing: it really got me hooked.
My point is: read some things with happy end, or at least some kind of smart comedy, a la Oscar Wilde. Something that makes hippy feel good!!!
My humble advise!
Lots of love!

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Makes you feel happy and good. Sorry my typo mistakes. I am in a rush to go to the gym, and then work. πŸ˜€πŸ˜‘

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Fun-reading is what got me restarted too! And a shitty world that makes you want to escape. My go-tos are the Tortall books and Austen. Then I go back to my zombies πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ after that...

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Ohhhh Austen is the best. Honestly, I can read any novel from Jane Austen any time, even though I have read them all at least twice in two different languages and still I will be hooked again and I will laugh again and ask myself again how come I cannot write like that!!!
But yeah... It is great! Go girl πŸ˜‰

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More than the noona romance (which has never been my thing, sorry not sorry), I'm excited that this potential drama has a dying industry (traditional books and publishing) as it's backdrop :) As a person in the Communications industry, it's sad to see traditional ways of print and publishing beginning to die because of advancement in technology

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Yay, I am excited for this! Hopefully it will be good!

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You had me at books, and then the Life on Mars PD made it a must see.

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More than anything, I really really really like the character descriptions. And the books. I thought the characters would be cliche at first, but as the article delved deeper into their story and motivation, I liked it a lot. Hope the drama itself adds more depth and doesn't turn out to be a let down

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LJS as a noona-slayer? With this PD? Books within a drama?
Sign me up.

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Oh wow, the character description doesn't sound shallow at all, usually we just get "FL is a happy-go-lucky girl despite her unfortunate life etc", "ML is cold due to his childhood trauma etc".

I'm in for the books, hopefully it will be heavily featured in the drama.

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My catnip is noona romances. You utter the word noona and I am on board. And then you are adding the noona slayer Lee Jong-seok into the mix? YES PLS, GIVE THIS ME NOW TO ME.

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LJS must be so happy :D at the fanmeet in Japan, he talked about how he was watching Life On Mars. Hope this gets confirmed and he can film before he has to leave :<

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And he gets to act with his first noona crush! They better shower us with lots of BTS of him fanboying in between scenes.

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he blushes so easily, I can not help but imagine that he will look like a tomato every time he has to shoot near his noona. LOL

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He will be the cutest tomato :D

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Oh yes, sure. haha will be the cutest and most tender tomato you've ever seen.

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watching 2 brainy people falling in love for each other with books and books as the backdrop? I'm in. :)

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No one's even mentioned Lee Na Young yet, she's been gone so long that people don't remember her or probably don't know her. I won't cry if she says no. May I have Shin Min Ah, please?

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I’ve only seen her in one drama.

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Yay so excited πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ€˜

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Ok. For this one, I am in.
I love.... I LOVE Lee Jung seok. I don't know the noona, but she looks ok.
Important is the story, I like the plot. I love reading. This will be interesting... oh my! It must be the first time a drama has a literature setting.. wait, a poem a day is also valid.. Then, for me, it will be the second time.
Yay!!!!!! πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚β˜ΊπŸ˜Š

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Lee Jong Suk in another genius role? *yawn* Guy will not go out of his comfort zone.

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Is noona romance is the in thing in kdrama land these days? First we have Bogum and Song Hye Kyo's drama coming up, which I will pass, because I can't see past Bogum kissing his bro's wife, unless Bogum's character is a psychopath, which I will watch by default. Now Jong Suk?

I almost want to skip this drama because I don't really like slice of life drama, but this sentence "she dreams of being employed, but she’s too overqualified, which intimidates her potential employers." brought me in. That was my actual situation back then after I graduated. The fact about having to hide her qualifications rang true to me too. I had to do that too in two separate occasions back then. Life is so unfair that way. So I am going to watch this drama because her situation reminds me of mine back then.

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Noona romance has been the in thing since My Name is Kim SamSoon. It never went out of fashion.

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It's one of the pillars of K-dramaland. >___<

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Exactly 😁

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Lee Jong-suk is in the noona hall of fame. There is not a single way this drama will not be good. Also suk hiatus has been a long one for all the sukstans out there. This comeback will be triumphant!

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Oh My God so yesss to the drama and noona romance no less!
Lee Jong Suk is a really huge fans of Lee Na Young. This gonna be a dream came true before he enlist.

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all i needed to hear/read is lee jong-seok and i was sold! so excited to be able to see him one more time and soak in his smexiness before having to send another wonderful actor off to army land.

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another noona romance for Lee Jongseok..why not

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I’ll watch anything with Lee Jongsuk in it. Also I’m happy that this is a noona romance between adults.

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I totally agree with you. LJS is my Achilles heel. And I'm super excited that he works with his favorite actress.

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a single mention of Lee Jong Suk is all I need.
I love the guy

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