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I'm a big anime fan started reading manga and I really like it and wanted to get into light novels if possible could some one explain to me if it's like a book and or does it contain any pictures at all and what online stores could i get good prices to buy light novels manga and anime.
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alucard396 wrote:

I'm a big anime fan started reading manga and I really like it and wanted to get into light novels if possible could some one explain to me if it's like a book and or does it contain any pictures at all and what online stores could i get good prices to buy light novels manga and anime.


Light Novels are just books. They'll have a small handful of illustrated pages in there, but that's all. I buy most of my Light Novels either through Rightstuf or Barnes & Noble. Same for my manga.
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alucard396 wrote:

I'm a big anime fan started reading manga and I really like it and wanted to get into light novels if possible could some one explain to me if it's like a book and or does it contain any pictures at all and what online stores could i get good prices to buy light novels manga and anime.

They're called light novels because they're light reads. They're quick to read because they lack the much of the lengthy descriptions of adult literature. Light Novels don't have the older Kanji that many Japanese literature have that some of the time are so hard to read that adults have to have dictionaries on hand. Like Shounen manga Light novels are generally aimed at teenagers.
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In general, think of Light Novels as the Japanese equivalent of Young Adult books. They tend to be short (200 pages, give or take, usually), quick reads, primarily aimed at a teenage audience (like most anime, for that matter). As noted, there are usually a dozen or so illustrations per novel (sometimes more, occasionally less). They are almost always serialized, at least the successful ones: LN authors are expected to churn them out at a fast pace, and so you tend to get long sequences of books in the same setting and with the same characters. Sometimes all of these will tell one story (like ToraDora or Golden Time). Sometimes, they will be broken into multi-book arcs, where each arc stands alone ( like SAO). And sometimes each book will stand alone--not unlike western mystery novels.

As for where to buy: I tend to use amazon for almost everything. Also, there aren't many LNs available in English, although that number is increasing. Also, be aware that if you buy online, it is sometimes hard to tell if you are buying the LN or the manga adaptation; often times, you'll need to read the reviews to figure that out.
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Ty guys for the help. If you don't mind could you tell me some of the light novel that you read in english that were pretty good.
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If you like the SAO anime, the books are better. (If you hate the anime, stay away; the books are better, but fundamentally it has the same virtues and vices.)

Toradora and Spice and Wolf are both awesome.

Baka to Test started out pretty good, gets a little stale as the jokes get told for the hundredth time, but then picks up again towards the end of the series.
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I'd recommend The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono published by Tokyopop. It's a really great fantasy series and Books 1 and 4 are especially good. Unfortunately though books 5-8 aren't published in English and likely won't be unless Kodansha USA decide to release it. Still worth reading though.
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Any of you guys read the overlord light novel series?
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Ty guys for the help. If you don't mind could you tell me some of the light novel that you read in english that were pretty good.

Try Baccano!
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SNAFU is awesome
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For light novels I liked Is It Wrong to pick Up Girls in a Dungeon and for manga I like Monster Musume and Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary
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Ya Is It Wrong to pick Up Girls in a Dungeon was a good anime and I really want bell to end up with his goddess.
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