Author has written 37 stories for Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hellboy, Batman the Animated Series, Hellsing, Warcraft, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rock-a-Doodle, Samurai Champloo, Thor, Dragon Age, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, Beetlejuice, Elder Scroll series, Pirates in Love, Yu Yu Hakusho, Yo-Jin-Bo/用心棒, and Sonic the Hedgehog.
I'm graduated! Oh, boy! Now I just have to find a job... Yay...
So somehow after almost a year of posting nothing, I find myself with a plethora of things to post up. Thankfully, most people seem to enjoy them. This makes me quite happy.
I'm more of a one-shot type of girl due to the fact that I typically have the patience and attention span of a llama, but after my TMNT story, I've found a deep love of longer fics. I think I'll keep trying to write longer things instead of short ones now that I know I have the capacity for it.
THIS, my friends, is an explanation of my personal interpretation of Irma Langinstein and why I picked her as the main character in my story Peaches, Puzzles and Problems. If you have no interest in reading this, please, by all means, ignore this. It has no impact on the story, and is only a clarification and brief history of the origins of Irma in the TMNT Universe. I am putting this in here due to an interesting conversation I've been having with another member (who shall remain nameless) concerning my use of Irma.
Irma Langinstein was originally a staple character of the very first Ninja Turtle cartoons, the 1987 series. She was largely the same then as she is in this story- boy crazy, loud, bossy, at times something of an airhead, and had a habit of occasionally flying into a violent rage. Irma also wore pink glasses, usually had her hair pulled up in a bun, and had brown hair, as she does in my story. As with many cartoons at the time, eye color was not of great importance, so I just gave her green eyes because she had to have something.
Irma was, in the original cartoons, April O'Neil's best girlfriend and also a close friend of the turtles. She served mostly as comedic relief, but was also loyal and helped them out of situations whenever she could (and occasionally caused some as well). She was the secretary of April's boss and was depicted in a very nerdy fashion with large skirt, sweater, and sneakers. I adored her, and thought she added another dimension to the show.
Sadly, Irma Langinstein met the same fate as many other minor characters in shows; she eventually didn't make the cut and was discarded. Now, this is only part of the problem that I had with this. I understand that sometimes shows need to refresh and occasionally some characters are simply not what the series needs. What I mind is that instead of giving the character a good send-off, they usually just stop putting him or her on screen. This annoys me mostly because I feel that it's sloppy. It leaves the viewers with questions, such as "Where'd they go? Did they move? Get a job offer in Alaska? Get put on a rocket to Mars? What?" The other problem is that, even if the character is not as popular as others, they still usually have fans, even if they're small in number. I feel that they should get some kind of closure, even if it's just the character telling others "I'm eloping to Berlin." Then they'd at least have something. Instead, they're just kicked out.
This story, in a way, serves as a way for me to reconcile the fact that she disappeared without so much as a How'd-You-Do. I admit, I have developed her for purposes of plot, but I justify this by saying that all of the TMNT characters have undergone significant development themselves. Irma's been tweaked more than changed, I think. She's still boy crazy, loud, bossy, somewhat airheaded and occasionally violent, as she was in the original series. I've simply given her reasons for being so. Her man-hunting has been translated into her making bad relationship choices, some of which are depicted in this story, and her need for control stems from her never having much say in anything that happened to her in childhood. I respect that some people disagree with these adjustments. All I ask is that you respect that these changes are my interpretation of what she would be like now.
Regarding other questions I've received as to the future state of Irma's Love Life- yes, Irma was depicted as being especially close to one turtle in particular in the series. Whether or not this will return in the story, either in a friendship, a romance, or at all remains to be seen.
WARNING TO ALL READERS OF MY FICTIONS: THE OLDER THE STORIES, THE WORSE THEY WILL BE WRITTEN AND THE WORSE THEY WILL BE. THE NEWER STORIES ARE BETTER IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR GOOD QUALITY. Just thought I should throw that out there. Thank you.
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