Parental issues that she clearly hasn’t dealt with.. Nearly all of her major characters have serious mommy and daddy problems.
Meredith-drunk absent father
Workaholic absent mother
Karev- physically abusive father
Ill mother who died
Fitz- overbearing, unsympathetic, adulterous, un approving father
Olivia- overbearing, unsympathetic, strict, absent, un approving father
Mother died (to her knowledge)
Addison- workaholic, adulterous father
workaholic, adulterous, suicidal mother
…literally the list goes on
Im working on a theory that it seems obvious that she is continually retelling her own story, which is really sad but she’s an adult, she needs to get some help and work that shit out so that she can write unbiased and more creatively. It’s like she’s trying to give herself a happy ending through her characters, but can’t seem to do it, she’d rather wallow and feel sorry for herself. And I think this is one if the main factors in why she screws up everything she writes.
Maybe I’m reading too much into it but whatever