The Vampire Diaries
Whitechapel (seasons 1-3 reviewed; final season will be covered pending availability)
Game of Thrones reviews will not be continued at this time due to lack of interest.
Articles and essays (of the non-review variety) on film, television, and popular culture will appear occasionally.
A note on pictures: I try to respect the rules of copyright and fair use. I use original posters on all my blog entries, as posters are promotional materials and are generally understood to be allowable. Other pictures in my reviews are used specifically to illustrate concepts mentioned in the text thus placing them in the fair use category of use for criticism. I do not use pictures for mere decoration. If you are the owner of copyrighted material that I have used and object to its use, please inform me of the problem at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eventually, I hope to replace all screengrabs with my own, but that will be a long and arduous process.
Robin Franson Pruter is a pop culture enthusiast and recovering academic. She is now in the process of making amends for egregious use of esoteric neologisms and for passing around scholarly journal articles at social gatherings. She studied screenwriting in film school and really plans to finish that degree someday. Luckily, she has three other master’s degrees collecting dust on her wall. She obsesses over teen media—having, in the past, argued for the social and cultural relevance of girl group music, taught college courses in teen films and Harry Potter, and delivered conference presentations on the latter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (An article of hers can be found in Terminus: Collected Papers on Harry Potter, 7-11 August 2008 available through Amazon.)
Robert Pruter is a librarian and writer, mainly on soul music and sports. For 27 years, he was a social sciences editor of New Standard Encyclopedia. He has written three books, Chicago Soul, Doo Wop: The Chicago Scene, The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930; additionally, he edited The Blackwell Guide to Soul Music (all books available from Amazon). He has contributed articles to periodicals including Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Entertainer, The Reader, Juke Blues, Living Blues,Chicago History, Journal of Sport History, and College Football Historical Society. Reference articles include contributions to The Encyclopedia of Chicago, The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, African Americans in Sports, American National Biography, Encyclopedia of the Blues, Encyclopedia Britannica, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, and The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. For a more complete list of credits see his page at The Society of Midland Authors.
Bill Wolfe (biography pending)