Buffy's costly lesson in love

I thoroughly agreed with Ziauddin Sardar ("How we have lost the joy of sex", 27 March) with one exception. May I, on behalf of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, point out that if the writer thought our heroine was "exercising her newly acquired legal right" to have sex in a cold-blooded, deliberate fashion, he was not watching the same series as the rest of us. She really loved that man, vampire, whatever. And the moral of the tale was that you cannot have sex with a confused vampire; the supreme moment of happiness (not merely instant physical gratification please note!) led to the loss of his soul, the deaths of many and, ultimately, Buffy's need to destroy said boyfriend in order to save the world.

Ann Phillips
Gravesend, Kent

I know it is only a typo, but Ziauddin Sardar may save the Grundys of Ambridge with the Red Shoe Dairies.

Nic Groombridge
London N13

This article first appeared in the 03 April 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Englishness: who cares?