Originally Posted by Kai
I'd argue that George RR Martin's works are as good (or better) than many of the so-called classics of English literature. Not just his Game of Thrones books. His "Sandkings" short story is one of the most compelling pieces of fiction I've read. (WAAAY better than the stupid Bartleby the Scrivener drivel I was forced to read and analyze back in school.)
You would be laughably wrong. I enjoy GRRM's books (or "works", I suppose, if we're trying to dress up their literary merit). If you mean you enjoy them as much as almost anything else you've read, well and good. But if "as good" is supposed to mean anything other than that, it's an indefensible assertion. Martin tells a good yarn, which is not to be scoffed at. But nothing about his works, either individually or collectively, makes a ripple on the surface of the pool of literature.