Jung Soo lost her mother at a young age and lived with her maternal uncle who treated her poorly. She had a chance to be adopted by a wealthy lady who pitied her, but her cousin Seo Hyun seized the chance instead. Seo Hyun always disliked Jung Soo for adding burden to her already poor family and was jealous of Jung Soo’s positivity. Jung Soo eventually becomes a bag designer who remains cheerful and confident even though she has no education, money, or connections to boast of. She starts working for a famous fashion company that recognizes her skills. But fate has tragically led her to work in the same fashion company as Seo Hyun. Thanks to her step-parents’ support, Seo Hyun grew up wanting for nothing, but she hinders Jung Soo’s life, fearing that it might be revealed that she stole Jung Soo’s chance for adoption. Meanwhile, Jung Soo gets into an argument with a man because of a small misunderstanding, and she later finds out that he is Jin Hoo, the director and de-facto president of the fashion company she is working at. Jin Hoo is handsome and smart, but arrogant, and keeps running into conflict with Jung Soo. Jin Hoo is eventually attracted to Jung Soo, as she is very cheerful and also has a strong passion for bags. His feelings for her continue to grow. And Jung Soo continues chasing after her dream despite the difficulties she faces.
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This drama starts off strong right out of the gate but it steadily fizzles and loses steam halfway through. The ending falls completely flat as it tries to make you sympathize with characters that don't deserve it, and support couples who have no chemistry between them. On the positive side, there is closure and no loose ends.
While Kim Jeong Hoon has been great in series like Goong and I Need Romance, such was not the case in Her Legend. He was by no means bad, but his character never develops or grows during the series. He is just as immature in the beginning as he is in the end and at times all but throws tantrums. However, I don't believe it's through any fault of his own. I feel the faults in this drama lie with the writing and directing, as none of the characters really change or grow. It's also likely why there is next to no chemistry between the actors by episode 10. While the acting is good, it's just not enough to make up for the bad writing. Having said that, the first 4-5 episode were very well done and what kept me watching until the end, hoping that the show would bounce back.
The music was fair, there wasn't anything that stood out as being good or bad.
Rewatch Value (2):
I would not watch nor recommend this drama to anyone. The only reason this is rated a two, and not a one, was for the solid first 4-5 episodes.
Not the worst drama by far, but not good either. It has its moments for sure, but moments here and there do not make for a great satisfying drama. When the writing for a drama starts to stray it's up to the actors to shine through and hold it up until it finds its way back, but unfortunately it doesn't happen here due to lack of chemistry. The beginning was strong and came across as it was well thought out, but the end feels rushed as the major plots are all resolved in the last episode. This drama also spends time telling the viewer how things are, such as who a couple is, but fails to build up to it properly, so it can leave viewers wondering where the romance is coming from all of sudden. A rom-com this is not. Very little romance, very little comedy, a lot of time wasted.