Queen of the boards!
I know the George Martin discussion is past, but I have a few things to add on to that. One needs to keep in mind that GRRM has had not only a tremendous influence, but that influence has also been very positive - much more so than Tolkien's.
Yes, I understand that Tolkien is the father of modern epic fantasy, but I feel like the whole heroic fantasy thing was holding the genre back from it's true potential. It took over 40 years for gritty fantasy to become fully developed outside of a specific niche.
GRRM propelled gritty fantasy to the forefront and for that I will always be grateful to him. I'm just tired of people who have it ingrained in their minds that Tolkien is epithet to the god of fantasy which clearly isn't true. A lot of his influence on the genre has been quite negative. Most of us don't care for the Tolkien copycats.