So I recently updated my story and I was surprised by how insistent SV was that I not go on the Ward!Taylor route. When I asked a friend, he speculated that SV (and SB too, I suppose) believe that Ward!Taylor has been explored to death and that it offers nothing new. Honestly, this is a shock to me. The only good Ward!Taylor story I remember is Memoirs of a Human Flashlight. Has the Fandom simply evolved past this trope? Or is it because there are so few good stories that feature it that makes them believe nothing can be done with it? Tangentially related, I've noticed that a lot of good (recommended?) stories lately feature non-Taylor characters prominently, if not as the main character altogether. I think that the Fandom will never truly supplant Taylor completely, but its a mark that we're moving past her a bit and getting to explore other characters more.