First I would like to discuss Tolkien, I don't understand why everyone looks to him as the Godfather of Fantasy writing. The Lord Of The Rings are some of the most boring and just bad fantasy stories to me. The antagonist's name is Sauron, and the evil wizard is SAURO-mon, totally original. And a story following hobbits? For god's sake its stupid, and everyone knows that if a Hobbit or any person for that matter, had the ring they would obviously choose evil. And why didn't Gandalf just use his giant Eagle to pick up Frodo and fly him over Mount Doom and drop the ring? And when Aragorn gets the Ghost army they can attack but nothing can touch them? That's stupid. I just genuinely hate the series. I think there are plenty of other better fantasy writers. The second thing is why are so many good Fantasy Novels considered unoriginal, because they're borrowing just a little from the "Almighty" Tolkien? I mean everyone is influenced by something or someone, and just cause one person did it, badly might I add, doesn't mean that when they use it differently that they're copying. I just don't get it. Finally, I would like to make everyone aware of a wonderful Fantasy writer named Patrick Rothfuss, he only has two books out currently, part of a trilogy, and I have the first two. They are well written and simply enthralling, go get The Name Of The Wind. Great book.