So many fantasy books today are the same. The author makes up a fantastical world setting for the story, and then they spend most of the book expounding on their created world, instead of developing the characters.
Separate point: (And most of the worlds aren't all that interesting, either. The countries are just ciphers of historical stereotypes or Tolkien rip-offs, and the languages are ciphers of English or isolate words. The different races haven't got personality beyond a few broadly defined stereotypical qualities. )
i very much agree seth. i hadnt read Tolkien till just a few years ago, but i had read many fantasy books. they all seemed to have many similarities but i couldnt put my finger on it. then when i read tolkien it was like a revelation. they just have copied a previous formula made by tolkien. it was amazing how much they just took his ideas and recreated a new world for them. when i finally looked back at all the fantasy stories i read it was amazing to see how many of those stories had an Aragorn in them. i was totally blown away. thats why i have branched out now and started trying to read different genres.