Some of you posting here are exactly why i can't always come and check out the boards. It's so disheartening and frankly just not fun to read posts by people who just feel the need to hate on characters for no apparent reason other than that they've decided that they rival their faves. I hate many of these character's ACTIONS, not the characters themselves.
For example, I dislike a lot of what Brooke does and says. I think they've written her to be spoiled, selfish, childish, and vapid. But if i am talking about her actions and words, not some made up hatred based on what i pretend she's done off screen. Brooke has SAID that she wants her children to have lines with the company, to have the lovers they want, etc... and to heck with anyone else. She's a mother, it's understandable.
I haven't seen Taylor say anything worse (and I would argue she's been relatively better, which doesn't require much) than Brooke ever has. So being divisive on this issue just seems unreasonably biased. Everyone has the right to be, but at least be honest that you know you are being a "hater" (meaning someone who is unreasonably and illogically hateful to another human being).
That also goes for all this "real" Forrester talk. When i first heard someone mention it years ago, I thought it was an interesting point to make, but that's all. The fact that some people dwell on this as if it is truly important baffles me. As others have noted, family is family whether you are blood related or not. Would you in your real lives disown someone because they happened to be from a former marriage? Or because you find out after believing their entire lives that they actually had a different father? Or if they were switched at birth? If so, I feel sorry for you. If your answer is, well this just gives me more reason to hate this character on a soap, well, i feel sorry for you too. It seems like a lot of effort and negative energy to put into something that is supposed to entertaining and fun.
Oh, and blood doesn't dictate your talent at something. What part genetics plays in your predisposition for talent is still not known. You may have more chance to have a talent for something, but it's not fated that you will. Most people in my family can barely hold a tune and i'm a great singer, for example. Some of us are good with numbers, some words, some practical application. The only thing we have in common is bad vision to a certain extent. It's silly to get hung up on genetics. And I would argue that fashion design is definitely not a definable "skill" or "talent". There are a lot of uninspired designers out there who are quite successful and a lot of avant garde artsy types who aren't.
Rant ended. Deep breath.