You will have a whole lot of pain doing this. Those tapered edges on sheets make getting a decent surface a lot easier. Since screws at the edge of drywall share a joist, they are closer to the edge. You are more likely to have a chunk fall, although it would be a smaller chunk.
Consider hiring pros to do it, and for your peace of mine, you work ahead of them putting a bead of adhesive on each joist.
FWIW if you are in an attic, and step between rafters, you punch a foot sized hole. I've not heard of anyone bringing down a sheet.
The worst case I've heard of was a leak in an attic pipe that collected water on the vapour barrier, separated about a 4 foot chunk of drywall, then the sheet broke, and came down along with about 50 gallons of water.
I hate taping. I especially hate taping ceilings.
Consider other types of ceiling:
What about using the tiles of a suspended ceiling directly onto the joists? Hold each one with two dots of construction adhesive per joist. Whip up a zillion feet of ornamental batting for the edges.
You could also use OSB. It's not as heavy, and holds a screw a lot better. Fire code would likely require a fire retardant paint in a house. I've seen people use OSB in shops, both walls and ceilings to reduce the number of dings in walls, and allow the use of hanging hooks nearly anywhere.