Youth MovementBy Naomi Rabinowitz Posted: Jun 20, 2011
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL does pretty well when it comes to airing multi-generational stories, but one important generation it's missing are the teens and college kids. Technically that generation exists with Hope, Liam, Oliver, Marcus and Steffy, but these kids are being played as if they're 10 years older.
Steffy is busy chasing after married man, Bill, while the 18-year-old Hope is worried about finding her "true love." Young romances are often intense, but I'd also like to see the teens and 20somethings acting their age. A similar story could be done with Steffy is she were to say, chase after a college professor. As for Hope, I think it could be interesting to watch her argue with Ridge and Brooke about going to college, with Brooke (who studied chemistry) urging her to attend, while Ridge is indifferent.
Part of the fun of watching young characters — especially ones we care about — is being there with them when they go through their "firsts"; their first kiss, job, love, heartbreak, etc. Unfortunately, when they're portrayed as 30-year-olds with adult problems, we miss out on some great story.