The Fanfic Lounge: The Lord of the Rings
2004 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Alternate Universe - Third Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: The members of the Fellowship (along with two special guest stars) must find a way to keep the world of fanfiction from being overwhelmed by LoTR stories.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
This is probably as close to a comedy classic as we have in the fandom, other than the original OFUM. This is a great example of a metafic humor, and it mercilessly skewers the fanfictional trends-much as a I love slash, yes, it needs to be skewered every once in awhile, especially when it's so deftly done. But the major fanfic trend, the incessant repetition of Mary Sue, gets thoroughly mocked in a creative manner which identifies no one story and yet typifies them all. If ever the characters of LOTR were to come to life and see what had been done to them in fiction, you can imagine they might react rather like this. The use of Elijah Woods and Orlando Bloom as modern day foils was inspired and well done. The author's own creation, the Secretary, servers her purpose admirably as the eternally perky maternal school marm-turned-executive assistant. There are a couple of good gags, but the humor is primarily centered on the habits of the fandom at large, just after "Fellowship of the Ring" came out in theater-it's intelligent self-mockery (insofar as we are all members of the fandom), and something we can all benefit from reading. And of course, laughing until your stomach hurts is probably also good for the abdominal muscles, right? Hilarious.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
This idea is sheer brilliance, and the combination of the startled Fellowship plus a shirtless Orlando Bloom and a bewildered Elijah Wood is fantastic. The opening scene alone nearly had me in tears of laughter as the Fellowship wakes up hopping mad and the two actors do their very best not to become pincushions. Later musings on dreams and psychological constructs only made it worse, and by the end of the first act, with everyone STILL confused, I was ready to die. The rest of the fic settles down a bit, but not too much. The Fellowship is introduced to caffeine, after all, as well as the concept of slash. A good point is raised, actually. Aragorn left Arwen to wander around with not one but EIGHT other guys. Makes one think.
Reviewed by: Christine ✧ Score: N/A
ORLANDO: Yeah yeah yeah. Stop staring at me. Hell, I invented that stare., now that line did it for me, I starting giggling here and then it was all chuckles and giggles after that. Incredible idea and quite amusing too, this author made me interested in the fic by throwing in amusing statements and by adding bits of ideas like the Mary Sue Room. I was hoping Orlando would go into that room, the fangirls would go rabid, then Legolas could save him, and the fangirls would be uberrabid. A very good and funny piece of work.
Reviewed by: Lady Aranel ✧ Score: N/A
Okay. I didn't think I would like this, but I did. It's format is surprising and different, maybe that's part of why it worked for me. The weirdes thing was that the LotR characters were remarkably IN character!
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
I'm sooo glad she brought LOTR into the Fanfic Lounge, and what fun it was to see Legolas nearly shoot Orlando. And the Mary Sues outside the door.terrifying. A very nice sequal in that it definitely was part of the same Fanfic Lounge as the first DS9 one, but also quite different, giving us a new taste of that magical realm where the Secretary dwells.