No Pain, No Gain

Author: annmarwalk

Nominator: annmarwalk

2007 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Other Fixed-Length Ficlet

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet  ✧  Length: Fixed-Length Ficlet Series

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Two drabbles using the same dialogue. Written for the "Parallel Dialogue" challenge at tolkien_weekly(Drabble pair)

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Reviewed by: EdorasLass  ✧  Score: 6

*giggle* This is a lovely set of drabbles, nicely showing how the exact same dialogue can be applied to two vastly different situations, getting a tattoo and giving birth. I like the sense of dread mixed with anticipation in both, how both Arwen and Merry are assured that, oh, yes, it is going to hurt, but it'll be worth it! I also like the secondary parallels: with Merry, it is Eomer lending moral support, while with Arwen, it is Eowyn, and how in each scenario, both Merry's and Arwen's pain (or anticipated pain) has driven the person arguably closest to them - Pippin and Aragorn - to nervous distraction. I suspect Merry will show off his tattoo with as much pride as Arwen shows off Eldarion, although I'm sure that Merry will be subject to much more good-natured teasing about his pride.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 3

A clever answer to a challenge to use parallel, and at times similar, dialogue in different situations. I like the way the two pieces deal with such totally different circumstances and characters. Excellent last line, too.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A humorous pair of ficlets in which first Merry gets a tattoo, and then Arwen has her first baby, using the same dialogue for both. As always, Ann has managed to capture so much in so little. Lovely humor!

Reviewed by: Mechtild  ✧  Score: 3

That was most amusing, Ann, the joke being in comparing the pain of getting a tattoo with that of giving birth. Personally, I think I’d much rather get the tattoo—and I don't even like tattoos! *g*

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 3

Oh, I had to grin at this! I loved them both, and the author rose beautifully to the challenge of two very different stories using the exact same dialogue. I have to admit though, I liked the first one best--hobbits, you know!

Reviewed by: Linda hoyland  ✧  Score: 3

I loved these amusing drabbles in a challenge to use the same dialogue in both. Trust a male to make as much fuss over a tattoo as a woman over childbirth! Arwen's stoism does her great credit.

Reviewed by: White Wolf  ✧  Score: 2

These little stories show how you can take identical dialogue and apply them to entirely different situations. Either alone would be a cute story, but together they are unique.

Reviewed by: Gandalfs apprentice  ✧  Score: 1

Clever and funny. Is Merry's tatoo of a baby prince?