Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Ignorance Is Bliss

Author: Eggo Waffles
Nominator: Linda Hoyland
2006 Award Category: Genres: Humor: Parody

Story Type: Other Fiction : Length: Short Story
Rating: PG-13 -- Reason for Rating: Mild language, allusions to incest
Summary: Boromir and Faramir raid the Citadel archives in a noble but desperate quest to discover The Truth. Little do they suspect that they'll spend the entire afternoon reading crappy fanfiction.

Reviewed by: Rhapsody -- Score: 5

Well this was a lot of fun! I wonder why the two brothers has been send down into the archives in the first place, but their brotherly interaction is just brilliantly written and in a very manly way. From hair-colour discussions [What the hell kind of a color is ‘reddish-goldish-brownish-blond’?”] to being beaten up by their father to Boromir's dismay of being killed so often: [He seemed to be dying an awful lot in all these so-called Prophetic Scrolls, and the scribes all seemed to enjoy going into great detail about the excruciating mental and physical agony he experienced whilst it happened. And why did it always seem to involve being shot down with arrows in defense of two people named Mary and Peppy?] Oh my goodness, this leaves me wondering what Boromir will think of the professor when they find the true scrolls. Maybe that is interesting to read for a part two. This was a delightful read where the author explored the characters greatly with superb dialogue.

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 4

This is a hilarious story about Faramir's hair colour and what the film and fan fiction writers have done to him.Faramir tries to find out what he truly looks like only to be faced with thousands of stories in the Minas Tirith library.Helped by Boromir, he goes though them all until he finds the only genuine scroll.This is one of the funniest stories I have read in a long time from a very gifted and talented young writer,who specialises in humour and parody.

Reviewed by: stefaniab -- Score: 4

This is a clever tale, sez me who likes her Faramir red-haired and red-bearded. (Note the use of "sez", which proves that those of us who like red-headed Faramir can't spell.) Just kidding, but very much in keeping with some of the themes in this cute story. "Ignorance is Bliss" evokes the heyday of the Book Versus Film Faramir debate at its height. But whatever 'Mir ya favor, or even if you don't care too much about any 'Mir's, you should get a kick out of "Ignorance Is Bliss."

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 4

I remember reading this and being grateful that someone else was as flabbergasted by how many people see Faramir as having either red hair or blond. Or some version of brownish-coppery-fiery-sandy. The device of the scrolls makes for an amusing commentary on fandom tendencies where Denethor's two sons are concerned, and Boromir's absorption in one of the True Scrolls gets a chuckle.

Reviewed by: obsidianj -- Score: 3

This piece is hilarious. Poor Faramir and Boromir. Having to read through all the drivel. I loved the criterion for finding the true scroll [“It has lots of words. Lots. And they’re all spelled correctly.”] I'm still giggling. I never realized that most of the Faramir/Boromir stories can be so neatly filed into these categories ;-).

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 3

This is an irreverent and quite funny parody; wherein Boromir and Faramir search the archives of Minas Tirith and find, to their befuddlement, fanfiction stories about them. A great little read, especially the brothers' reaction to the Faramir/Boromir slash stories.

Reviewed by: Imhiriel -- Score: 3

Hilarious parody of the films, fanon and slash ["reddish-goldish-brownish-blond"] - Bwaahaa! Love how they are able to recognize the real scrolls ["It has lots of words. Lots. And they're all spelled correctly."]. The fact that they are as yet ignorant of what awaits them "in reality" gives the story unexpected depth.

Reviewed by: Marta -- Score: 3

Cute! And nice original topic for a metafic of this sort. Of all the fanfic topics they could have been researching, Faramir had much bigger things to get upset over. Still, his anxiety and irritation is shared by many book followers. Nicely portrayed.

Reviewed by: Raihon -- Score: 2

This was very funny, the writing was crisp, and the pacing was good. Loved the bit about the hair color.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower -- Score: 2

I had to chuckle at this: Faramir and Boromir plowing through thousands of fanfics in hopes of finding out the truth about their future. Their reactions were very funny.

Reviewed by: Lindelea -- Score: 2

I admit, I don't read a lot of parody, but this was laughing-out-loud brilliant! ["This is getting tiresome… Father has apparently just beaten you into unconsciousness yet again"] Even though it deals with what I refuse to read in fanfic, I was able to, um, relax and enjoy it.