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Spice and Wolf, Haruhi Suzumiya, Sword Art Online, Vampire Hunter D, Accel World, A Certain Magical Index. All of those originated as light novels. If you want the full, original experience of the series, then you should read the novel. Not to mention, Spice and Wolf (as an example) as a series is complete in light novel form, and almost all 17 novels have been translated, and released, into English. As far as I know, the manga is still quite a ways away from catching up to the story. (Anime covers novels 1, 2, 3 and 5, and apparently the manga so far covers through volume 9 of the light novel, though skips over 7, and changes the story in regards to the 4th and 6th light novel, so it's far from the original experience).

So really, I don't think there's any reason you should be upset that the original stories get published into English. I want to see the stories as they originally were created, and if that's in a novel, so be it. Really, the hardest part about reading a novel is picking it up for the first time. Just shut off your laptop or smartphone and sit down and read.

But I don't want to elicit too much anger on the subject, if novels aren't for you, then they aren't for you. But one advantage to having light novels is that you can get more inside the heads of the characters and obtain more background information through the narration, than you can in anime or manga. Most of the story in anime or manga is dialogue driven, and sometimes misses some key thoughts that the character is having. That can occasionally be covered with manga to an extent, but generally not in anime.
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It probably is more popular in Japan, but I'll be sticking to manga. LN are really short, so I might as well have everything visual, you know?
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sasarahsept wrote:

It probably is more popular in Japan, but I'll be sticking to manga. LN are really short, so I might as well have everything visual, you know?


Light novels aren't necessarily short. There are at least a few series' that have massive volumes, like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon and Owari no Chronicle.
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Hey folks! I was at my nearby barns and noble browsing the manga section for a new manga series to read and well i noticed that theres a lot more light novels on the shelves these days.
And this concerned me a little because i dont like light novels at all i personally love manga so i can admire the artwork and get more of a visual while reading. Although it is true that you can write in detail for a better picture i however do not like that, i gotta admire the artist's artwork and enjoy the story that way. Its just how i prefer.

So does anyone know if light novels are more of a thing in Japan now? or is it just the United States trying to bring them more attention? Do people prefer light novels over manga? What do you guys prefer?

This is not true. You can draw and put the same details on a drawing the same ways you can in writing a novel. Is the reader job to notice those things

Although it is true that you can write in detail for a better picture
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I like manga always go to manga café and read for hours they do have Light Novel section growing. I asked owner about light novel popularity he said same thing happen with comic book/to graphic novels just a trend Manga will always be around.
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mscall92 wrote:

Light novels aren't necessarily short. There are at least a few series' that have massive volumes, like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon and Owari no Chronicle.

What's considered long for a light novel? In general, I prefer my novels to be at least 300 pages.
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Spice and Wolf, Haruhi Suzumiya, Sword Art Online, Vampire Hunter D, Accel World, A Certain Magical Index. All of those originated as light novels. If you want the full, original experience of the series, then you should read the novel. Not to mention, Spice and Wolf (as an example) as a series is complete in light novel form, and almost all 17 novels have been translated, and released, into English. As far as I know, the manga is still quite a ways away from catching up to the story. (Anime covers novels 1, 2, 3 and 5, and apparently the manga so far covers through volume 9 of the light novel, though skips over 7, and changes the story in regards to the 4th and 6th light novel, so it's far from the original experience).

So really, I don't think there's any reason you should be upset that the original stories get published into English. I want to see the stories as they originally were created, and if that's in a novel, so be it. Really, the hardest part about reading a novel is picking it up for the first time. Just shut off your laptop or smartphone and sit down and read.

But I don't want to elicit too much anger on the subject, if novels aren't for you, then they aren't for you. But one advantage to having light novels is that you can get more inside the heads of the characters and obtain more background information through the narration, than you can in anime or manga. Most of the story in anime or manga is dialogue driven, and sometimes misses some key thoughts that the character is having. That can occasionally be covered with manga to an extent, but generally not in anime.


i have not stated im upset in any shape or form. I was just merely curious. Besides i kind of want to try LNs just dont know where to begin you know? However, im more of a visual person, unless if its a great story to keep me hooked the whole time its hard for me to read a book. (pretty mad about that in my personality) Thanks so much for you input


sasarahsept wrote:

It probably is more popular in Japan, but I'll be sticking to manga. LN are really short, so I might as well have everything visual, you know?


I agree, im also a visual person


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Ninja_Pro92 wrote:

Hey folks! I was at my nearby barns and noble browsing the manga section for a new manga series to read and well i noticed that theres a lot more light novels on the shelves these days.
And this concerned me a little because i dont like light novels at all i personally love manga so i can admire the artwork and get more of a visual while reading. Although it is true that you can write in detail for a better picture i however do not like that, i gotta admire the artist's artwork and enjoy the story that way. Its just how i prefer.

So does anyone know if light novels are more of a thing in Japan now? or is it just the United States trying to bring them more attention? Do people prefer light novels over manga? What do you guys prefer?

This is not true. You can draw and put the same details on a drawing the same ways you can in writing a novel. Is the reader job to notice those things

Although it is true that you can write in detail for a better picture


This is true! Future Diary is a good example of this (i think anyways)
Posted 7/10/15
US is just publishing more now.
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KarenAraragi wrote:


Ninja_Pro92 wrote:

Hey folks! I was at my nearby barns and noble browsing the manga section for a new manga series to read and well i noticed that theres a lot more light novels on the shelves these days.
And this concerned me a little because i dont like light novels at all i personally love manga so i can admire the artwork and get more of a visual while reading. Although it is true that you can write in detail for a better picture i however do not like that, i gotta admire the artist's artwork and enjoy the story that way. Its just how i prefer.

So does anyone know if light novels are more of a thing in Japan now? or is it just the United States trying to bring them more attention? Do people prefer light novels over manga? What do you guys prefer?

This is not true. You can draw and put the same details on a drawing the same ways you can in writing a novel. Is the reader job to notice those things

Although it is true that you can write in detail for a better picture


This is kinda why I prefer say visual novels over manga and light novels, since it combines the visual elements of say a manga, but also provides the detailed narrative elements that you can't get from manga/anime. Best of both worlds.
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Manga art is a hit or miss.

LN art is dependent on your imagination, which is great. Plus you get a lot more internal dialogue with LNs.
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