Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Loving a Book Lover

Author: Avon
Nominator: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn)
2008 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Drabbles

Story Type: Fixed-Length Ficlet : Length: True Drabble
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: It could imply something of a sexual nature - so to be safe I chose T
Summary: drabble - 100 words Faramir discovers that there can be things more absorbing than books.


Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 8

Oh, as a voracious book-reader I can soooo empathise with Faramir! People trying to tear you away from a good read can be annyoing as flies, unless they offer such a tempting distraction as Éowyn has in her repertoire. The drabble excellently manages to convey the feelings of the protagonists without stating them outright; and I liked how Éowyn's distraction was never in any way spelled out, but the reader could imagine exactly what it was. The characterisations are spot-on and engaging. My favourite part was that I could *hear* Faramir, his distracted dismissal and then his pleased surprise. I also liked the reference to Boromir, and to Éowyn's active nature and love of horses. I usually don't like head-hopping (meaning frequent PoV shifts) in a story, and I when I consciously noticed the back-and-forth between the PoV of Éowyn and Faramir, I wondered why it didn't trouble me in the least, and, quite the reverse, I thought it an asset of the drabble. I think that perhaps it's because it really makes it very lively and brisk and light-hearted.

Reviewed by: Branwyn (Lady Branwyn) -- Score: 5

I can’t be the only reader who found this drabble a little too close to home for comfort. What can be more annoying than someone trying to distract you from your book? We have all suffered through the attempts of friends and family to interrupt our reading, but Faramir has long ago learned to ignore such interruptions. I love how, in reply to Eowyn’s suggestion that they go for a ride, Faramir mutters “Later” without even looking up from the page! But Eowyn has the last word in this delightful drabble. I only wish that Avon would write more LOTR stories for us.

Reviewed by: dkpalaska -- Score: 4

I had to laugh out loud at the beginning of this drabble. Oh, yes, I can certainly completely empathize with Faramir; I think that connection we voracious book-lovers immediately feel is one of this work's most powerful attractions for me. The other attraction, of course, is Eowyn's eventual success. Never spelled out, every individual with an imagination can immediately call up the tactic *they'd* like to see tried as a distraction! Delightful and funny, this is a wonderful glimpse into Faramir and Eowyn's relationship.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 3

Ah--most amusing as Eowyn seeks to steal the interest of her husband from the book he's reading. He knows from experience with his brother he can last her out--or can he? Pleasant laugh.

Reviewed by: Tanaqui -- Score: 3

Avon has crafted an amusing drabble about how Eowyn tackles one of her husband's more annoying habits. I particularly enjoyed the glimpse of the way Faramir's character and behaviour had been formed by his brother in the line ["he had learnt to shut out Boromir’s attempts to disturb his reading."] Eowyn, of course, is capable of being distracting in an entirely different and clearly un-ignorable fashion. Most entertaining.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 3

Oh dear! Faramir may have had years learning to shut out Boromir's wiley efforts to get him away from his books, but he clearly isn't yet so wise in the ways of matrimonial warfare. Eowyn has weapons he apparently hasn't though to defend himself from. Poor man. I'm sure he'll get over it. Amusing interlude, Avon!

Reviewed by: nancylea -- Score: 2

someone else earned a review saying i find that there is always something else to enjoy in a library, and it wasn't THAT!

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 2

*snerk* This drabble has a lovely understated quality, and portrays Faramir's bookishness quite well - not to be missed by F/E lovers.

Reviewed by: Robinka -- Score: 1

Very nice. Subtle, amusing and suggestive. Well done!

Reviewed by: viv -- Score: 1

Hee. I have a pretty good idea what Eowyn was up to. Nice innuendo there!