I keep hearing people talking about George RR Martin like he's the second coming of Tolkien. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy Game of Thrones, but I kind of find it offensive - the comparison. Yes, there are many similarities between the two writers, but the fact of the matter is that every single thing that Martin did, Tolkien did first. Every mythology that Martin steeped into, Tolkien explored first. I guess the big question in my mind is that, because Tolkien explored SO much of the mythology, is there any way we can look at modern fantasy and not feel like it's a rip off of Tolkien? And how does a writer even begin to try and come up with an original concept that isn't so clearly "been there, done that" from Tolkien? Fir- *waves a bit* Yeah, I'm one of the Antiques of this fine establishment.