Buffy the Vampire Slayer - TV Trope: Not Staying for Breakfast (a.k.a.: Why Buffy should’ve learned never to have sex on red sheets)

Not Staying for BreakfastTwo characters make love. Upon waking the next morning, the woman reaches out for her man. The camera follows her hand to the empty pillow; he has flown in the night. Usually a man does the loving and leaving, but women do it too. The scene is a sad one, the root of the sadness perhaps being the broken link between sex and love/commitment. The broken link is highlighted by the furtive, even guilty, departure. A common subversion is to have the missing lover show up seconds later with coffee or breakfast for two. On occasion the desertion will be shown; time for moonlit regret, lingering last looks of her sleeping face.

The look on Riley’s face kills me. He looks so happy and in love.


Visibility is clearly something River Phoenix isn’t too keen on at the moment. When he talks about the band he plays in back home in Gainesville, he can’t stress too strongly that it’s an “underground” outfit and he’s “anxious not to blow anything wide open”.

At the moment the band is called Aleka’s Attic but apparently Phoenix changes it’s name every few months so people will come and see the whole band rather than just River Phoenix, the teen idol who would rather not be. Perhaps what he’d really like to do is change his own name once in a while? “No,” he says wistfully, “it’s not that. It’s really not that at all. But I don’t want a label attached to me any more. I want to keep people guessing. 

Sky Magazine, October 1990.


 the a song of ice and fire series

“What is honor compared to a woman’s love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms … or the memory of a brother’s smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. It is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”