“GRRM is better than Tolkein because he doesn’t have a moral edge to his stories. It’s what makes them perfect. They show true human nature.”
I’ve already written at length about this subject over the past few weeks because of my admissions essay so I don’t feel like going into a lot of detail but to say this makes GRRM better is ridiculous.
GRRM and Tolkien are telling different stories, and both come to different conclusions regarding human nature. While Tolkien’s is more hopeful/optimistic, that does not in any way make it inferior to GRRM’s. Whether or not GRRM is more ‘realistic’ in his portrayal of human nature is debatable as well, imo he just goes to the opposite extreme by making everything so fucking nihilistic.
Anyway, this confession is dumb and the confessor should feel dumb.
I don’t care if people like ASIOAF more than LOTR, that just means you have bad taste and that’s not your fault, a lot of people suffer from bad taste. However, to say that ASOIAF is better than LOTR in any way is just delusional.