Only a handful of people are actually “in a relationship.” The rest of us are stuck with “it’s complicated,” “friends with benefits,” or “single and destined to remain so in perpetuity.” Things are even more confusing when you’re fictional. You could be “in a relationship,” of course, but you could also be “in a love triangle with a vampire and a different, more dangerous vampire,” and Facebook just isn’t set up to accommodate those nuances.
We’ve talked about this once before, but back then we only covered like 2% of all the ways you can be in or out of a relationship in literature. So, in the spirit of that, we’re back with more.
Relationship status: waiting for Odysseus to return from the war
Relationship status: swearing off all men
Relationship status: laying down my life for someone I just met five minutes ago