A small anecdote. I remember when A Song of Ice And Fire/Game of Thrones was this updating yet niche series you basically already had to be a fantasy nerd to know about. Then came the TV show. Then came the actual books turning into literary vaporware, becoming a sort of punchline that is to books what Half-Life 3 and Duke Nukem Forever are to video games.
So yeah, it’s progressed (or regressed) a lot.