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Twelve lessons about love and relationships from ‘True Blood’

(Left) Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin
(Left) Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Over its seven seasons, “True Blood” taught invaluable lessons regarding love and relationships. Starting with the first season, first episode of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) meeting to the recent, fatal breakup of Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Violet Mazurski (Karolina Wydra) in season seven, episode eight. This includes any and all Bon Temps’ relationships in-between. There is a lesson to be learned from every one of these relationships.

While “True Blood” is fictional television at its best, the volatile love relationships portrayed realistic universal truths. Lessons about love and relationships are:

  1. Love sucks, figuratively and literally. It drains emotional and mental energy. (Sookie Stackouse, Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Alcide Herveaux and a host of other non-human males)
  2. Great sex does not equate to a great relationship. (Jason Stackhouse and a host of living and undead females)
  3. There is no such thing as being friends with an ex-lover. (Sookie Stackouse, Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Alcide Herveaux and a host of other non-human males)
  4. Try not to date within the same group of people who live within ten miles of you. (All residents of Bon Temps)
  5. An angry lover who is calmly reacting is not to be taken lightly. (Jason Stackhouse and Violet Mazurski)
  6. Recurring, co-dependent relationships are unhealthy. (Sookie Stackouse, Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Alcide Herveaux and a host of other non-human males)
  7. Lies complicate relationships. (All residents of Bon Temps)
  8. Be wary of lovers who want to hang out with their ex-partners. (Sookie Stackouse, Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Alcide Herveaux and a host of other non-human males)
  9. Don’t ask your family members for advice about your love relationships. (Hoyt Fortenberry and Maxine Fortenberry)
  10. Keep your best friend and hot significant other separated. (Jason Stackhouse, Hoyt Fortenberry, Jessica Hamby, James Kent and Lafayette Reynolds)
  11. Don’t expect your lover to wait for you to get your life together. (Sam Merlotte and Nicole Wright)
  12. Mind-altering substances and dimmed lighting make everybody appear more attractive. (Maryann Forrester and her entire sect of cult members)

About the Author:
C. C. J. Vann is a writer, columnist and speculative fiction enthusiast. Her blog is “C. C. J. Vann”, (www.ccjvann.com). You may contact her at info[at]ccjvann[dot]com.