The way fantasy races are built in Pathfinder irk me, particularly humans. Once you start adding ability modifiers in, it begins to put certain races into certain classes and pigeonhole them to those types of characters. I'd much rather see races with no stat modifiers and instead just nifty abilities to differentiate them.
Combine that with 20 years of gaming and the baggage that comes with the core races I personally enjoy something new. If it's still only 7 races but not the same 7 races that would make things interesting at the least imo. And of course working with the GM.
And as far as the ASoIaF discussion, absolutely hate it. The series seems to rely too much on shock value, putting it imo as the Jerry Springer of fantasy novels. Of course just my thoughts on it.