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Entertainment Weekly, as many of you may already know, released three different covers seemingly so that fans could pick up their favorite couple from the news stands (Sookie with Eric, Bill, or Alcide). BUT there seems to be a lot more to the covers than that and maybe Entertainment Weekly is subtly inserting their own insight into the love
First of all, American Gothic by Grant Wood is typically interpreted as a painting that is meant to be ‘a critical depiction of American Rural Life,’ which connects with part of the nature of the show “True Blood”:
NOW for the Body Language of the Covers:
Alright, Sookie looks pretty comfortable with Alcide and she trusts him even to look head and stand pretty close to him. She stands pretty even with him (almost considering him her equal) and Alcide’s slanted eyebrows indicate his seriousness about protecting her. Her jaw line is even and her head is slightly tilted to the side (pointing toward him) which indicates her conciously willingness to get closer to him.
But, Sookie STANDS EVEN CLOSER TO ERIC! Her breast is even touching his arm (ha ha). Therefore, Sookie is even more comfortable with Eric than Alcide and Eric shows his dominance and his protective nature by standing in front of her (of course, the exposed fangs indicates his domination as well as his seriousness about protecting her as we know about vampires on True Blood). Her jaw line is also even and her head is also slightly tilted to the side (pointing toward Eric as well), which indicates her conscious willingness to get closer to him as well.
Wow, Look at Sookie’s face (it’s completely different from the other two pictures of course). Her head is not slightly pointed toward him like it is in the other pictures and her jaw line is more raised and stiffer which indicates her conscious willingness to get away from Bill as well as her fear about him. She also indicates her lack of trust in Bill by giving him a hard stare in order to watch him closely, rather than looking ahead. This looks pretty bad for Bill to me. Bill stands slightly in front of Sookie to show his dominance and the vampire face show’s his seriousness about protecting her of course but Sookie is clearly not comfortable with Bill having this role in her life right now…….
I think Entertainment Weekly has already picked their list of Best to Worst Suitors for Sookie (even if it appears they are simply giving the readers options for their favorite couple (as Pro-Bill sites would have you believe):