Birth control and/or venereal diseases! I don't know if those are taboo subjects, but it feels like it, considering all the bed-hopping that goes on and all the pregnancies it leads to, but never anything else.
After watching several years of her writing on ATWT I can honestly say that this statement is completely, utterly and totally wrong. ATWT under Jean's poison pen was a fragmented show where characters were confined in their own little story bubbles and had little to no contact whatsoever with other characters. The pace of the show was so hectic that sometimes it felt like stories began and ended within the same episode, and there was definitely no time for any emotional moments. I will say though that Jean's writing does make me cry too, but I daresay it's for very different reasons......
Did you watch ATWT when Passanante was writing it? Everyone was isolated in their own stories and hardly interacted with anyone else. The only way to get an umbrella storyline from her is if she's told to write about a place with lots of rain!!
I agree, and it's always a bad idea to kill off a character's only child.
If Steffy had to accidentally kill someone it would have been so much more dramatic and opened so much more storyline possibilities if it had been Hope.... With their history, the long, complicated history of Taylor/Ridge/Brooke, and add to that Rick's part in Phoebe's death, it could be an explosive story that could go on for years.