1. The Transformation of the Female Lead
The thing that almost made me quit this drama was ultimately the thing that made me love it the most. In order for it to be a fulfilling and worthwhile story, the characters in dramas must experience some kind of growth and change. Along this line, most kdrama female leads start out as either passive, or socially awkward, or badly dressed, or selfish, or any combination of these traits. The pitiful, awkward, and badly dressed female lead in Scent of a Woman, Lee Yeon-Jae, irritated me so much at the beginning! It was painful to watch how passive and downtrodden she was.
2. The Inspirational Moments
This drama really did make me feel like I wanted to get out there and live my dreams. Our heroine has some pretty cool items on her bucket list of things she wants to do before she dies and she goes out and accomplishes them. I wish I could write a wish list that included taking an amazing vacation, meeting my celebrity crush, falling in love, and getting married and that it would all come true in a couple months! Where is this magical notebook and pen? In the meantime I guess I'll have to just work hard to make my dreams happen and live like there's no tomorrow just like Lee Yeon-Jae.
3. The Tango
One of the goals on the female lead's bucket list is to learn to Tango. This provides plenty of opportunities for steamy moments between the OTP. I love this OTP, even though they did not have as much chemistry in my opinion as I like my OTP's to have. However, the Tango scenes definitely made the chemistry more believable.
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Spoiler Alert: Don't Read if You Haven't Seen It Yet
Did the ending kill anyone else? Man, I really thought she died and was sending all her loved ones that stuff as a final goodbye. I was so mad and sad and was yelling, "What?! You've got to be kidding me!" at the screen. But it was a dirty trick and I kind of loved it.