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[[LiteralMinded No, not a novel composed entirely of beams of light]], although [[RuleOfCool that would be awesome]].

While related to {{Manga}} and {{Anime}}, light novels are actually prose, written in short paragraphs for fast reading. Light novels are very popular in Japan, chiefly among teenagers and young adults, but due to the amount of translation involved, [[NoExportForYou very few]] of them make their way to English-language markets. This may start to change, however, as ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' sold better than expected, and Creator/YenPress has created the successful strategy of marketing them to the people who read novels and not just anime/manga fans. There are also a relatively large number of translated {{yaoi}} light novels. [[BleachedUnderpants Due to the nature of the illustrators]], many Light Novels out at the moment are mostly {{Ecchi}} to capitalize on their talents.

The term light novel is a misnomer. While many people believe that the word "light" in the name means the novel is '''short''' (and they usually don't last much longer than 200 pages) or that it uses '''manga-style illustrations''', the truth is that this actually refers to the text inside. Modern light novels use simpler, easier-to-read everyday kanji as opposed to "hard" novels, which generally contain much older words which, even for Japanese readers, may necessitate keeping a dictionary on hand to understand. The closest parallel in the Western world is probably the distinction between "Modern English", "Middle English" and "Old English".

Light Novels commonly get adapted to {{Manga}} and {{Anime}}, and more often than not are promptly ''[[AdaptationDisplacement displaced]]'' by said adaptations outside Japan for the reasons stated above.

Chinese-language literature has a somewhat similar phenomenon, particularly in Taiwan. Although the term "light novel" is not typically used in China for such works, for convenience they will be listed here.

The rough Western equivalent would be the AirportNovel.

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!!Notable light novel series:

(Series marked with a * have an North American release at least in part.)

[[index]]
* LightNovel/AbsoluteDuo
* LightNovel/AccelWorld *
* LightNovel/AestheticaOfARogueHero
* LightNovel/AiNoKusabi *
* LightNovel/{{Akikan}}
* [[LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia Allison]]
* LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill *
* LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark *
* Anime/AngelBeats
* LightNovel/AnotherNote *
* LightNovel/ApocalypseAlice
* LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo *
* Literature/ArifuretaShokugyoudeSekaiSaikyou
* LightNovel/AsuraCryin
* LightNovel/BabyPrincess
* LightNovel/{{Baccano}}
* LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts
* LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}
* LightNovel/BalladOfAShinigami *
* LightNovel/BaraNoMaria
* LightNovel/BenTo
* LightNovel/BibliothecaMysticaDeDantalian
* LightNovel/BlackBullet *
* Manga/BlackLagoon
* LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan
* LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates
* LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai
* LightNovel/BoogiepopSeries *
* LightNovel/BookOfBantorra
* LightNovel/BookGirl *
* Literature/BrothersConflict
* LightNovel/{{Campione}}
* LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties
* LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex *
* LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios
* LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage
* LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika
* Literature/ColdSeries *
* LightNovel/{{Corsair}}
* LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars *
* LightNovel/CrusherJoe
* LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious
* LightNovel/DakaraBokuWaHGaDekinai
* LightNovel/DanganRonpaZero
* LightNovel/DateALive
* VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}} (three prequel novels)
* LightNovel/DenpaTekiNaKanojo
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* LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer *
* Franchise/DevilMayCry * (two that are prequels out of a total of four)
* LightNovel/{{DDD}}[[/index]] (aka ''Decoration Disorder Disconnection'').[[index]]
* LightNovel/DirtyPair *
* LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels
* LightNovel/DogAndScissors
* LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}
* Literature/DontWorryMama
* Literature/DouluoDalo
* LightNovel/DragonCrisis
* LightNovel/{{Durarara}} *
* LightNovel/EarlAndFairy
* LightNovel/EienNoFilena
* Franchise/EvilliousChronicles
** LightNovel/ClotureOfYellow
** LightNovel/EvilFoodEaterConchita
** LightNovel/FifthPierrot
** LightNovel/GiftFromThePrincessWhoBroughtSleep
** LightNovel/TheLunacyOfDukeVenomania
** LightNovel/PraeludiumOfRed
** LightNovel/PraefacioOfBlue
** LightNovel/WiegenliedOfGreen
* LightNovel/{{Esu}}, AKA ''S'' *
* LightNovel/EtsusaBridge
* LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero
* LightNovel/FateApocrypha
* LightNovel/FateZero[[/index]]
* LightNovel/FullMetalPanic *
[[/index]]
* Manga/FullmetalAlchemist *
[[index]]
* Anime/GadGuard
* LightNovel/GakuenKino
* LightNovel/GakusenToshiAsterisk
* LightNovel/GargoyleOfTheYoshinagas
* Literature/{{Gate}} - Thus the JSDF Fought There
* LightNovel/{{Gekkou}}
* LightNovel/GinbanKaleidoscope
* LightNovel/GJBu
* LightNovel/{{Gokudo}}
* LightNovel/GoldenTime
* LightNovel/GonnaBeTheTwinTail
* LightNovel/TheGoodWitchOfTheWest *
* LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun
* LightNovel/{{Gosick}} *
* LightNovel/GroundControlToPsychoelectricGirl
* LightNovel/GuinSaga
* LightNovel/DotHackAIBuster *
* LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan
* LightNovel/HariyamaSan
* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya *
* LightNovel/HeavensMemoPad
* LightNovel/HeavyObject
* LightNovel/HentaiOujiToWarawanaiNeko
* LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD
* VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry (originally a visual novel)
* LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls
* LightNovel/HyouketsuKyoukaiNoEden
* LightNovel/IchibanUshiroNoDaiMaou
* LightNovel/IdolDefenseForceHummingbird
* LightNovel/ImmoralDarkness *
* LightNovel/InfiniteStratos
* LightNovel/{{Inukami}}
* LightNovel/IriyaNoSoraUFONoNatsu
* LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool *
* Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor
* LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon *
* LightNovel/IsThisAZombie
* LightNovel/ItsukaTenmaNoKuroUsagi
* LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita
* Anime/KageKaraMamoru
* LightNovel/KagerouDays *
* LightNovel/KamikazeGirls *
* LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}
* LightNovel/KanojoGaFlagOOraretara
* LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}
* LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai
* Manga/{{Karin}} *
* LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}
* LightNovel/KazeNoStigma
* LightNovel/KinosJourney *
* LightNovel/{{Kieli}} *
* LightNovel/KokoroConnect
* LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO
* LightNovel/KonoNakaNiHitoriImoutoGaIru
* LightNovel/{{Kurenai}}
* LightNovel/KuusenMadoushiKouhoseiNoKyoukan
* LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh
* LightNovel/KyoukaiNoKanata
* LightNovel/KyoukaiSenjouNoHorizon
* LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki
* LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers
* LightNovel/LChangeTheWorld
* LightNovel/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor
* LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes
* [[LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia Lillia & Treize]]
* LightNovel/{{Lodgeworld}}
* LightNovel/LogHorizon *
* Anime/LostUniverse
* LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions
* Anime/{{Maburaho}}
* LightNovel/MagiciansAcademy
* Anime/MagicUsersClub (Mahou Tsukai Tai!)
* LightNovel/MahouSensou
* LightNovel/MaiHimeDestiny (AlternateContinuity to the [[Anime/MaiHime anime series]])
* LightNovel/MagikaNoKenshiToShoukanMaou
* LightNovel/MadanNoOuToVanadis
* LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha
* LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru
* LightNovel/MayoChiki
* LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun
* Franchise/MikaguraSchoolSuite
* LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze
* LightNovel/{{MM}}
* Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}
* Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn
* LightNovel/MomoKyunSword
* Literature/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit *
* LightNovel/MushiUta
* Franchise/MuvLuv
** VisualNovel/MuvLuvExtra
** VisualNovel/MuvLuvUnlimited
** VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative
** LightNovel/MuvLuvAlternativeTotalEclipse
* LightNovel/MushokuTensei
* VisualNovel/NanatsuiroDrops
* LightNovel/NarutoHiden
* [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA]]
* LightNovel/{{No 6}}
* LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu
* LightNovel/NoGameNoLife *
* LightNovel/NoRin
* LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou
* [[Anime/PleaseTeacher Onegai Teacher]]
* LightNovel/ProblemChildrenAreComingFromAnotherWorldArentThey
* LightNovel/OniiChanDakedoAiSaeArebaKankeinaiYoNe
* LightNovel/OnlyTheRingFingerKnows
* LightNovel/OokamiSan
* LightNovel/OreGaHeroineOTasukesugiteSekaiGaLittleMokushiroku
* LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}
* LightNovel/OreNoNounaiSentakushiGaGakuenLoveComeOZenryokuDeJamaShiteiru
* LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}
* LightNovel/OutbreakCompany
* LightNovel/OverLord2012
* LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai
* LightNovel/PersonaXDetectiveNaoto
* LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou
* Manga/PitaTen *
* Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica (upcoming adaptation)
* LightNovel/{{R15}}
* LightNovel/RakudaiKishiNoEiyuutan (Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry)
* LightNovel/RakuinNoMonshou (Emblem of the Branded)
* Anime/ReadOrDie
* Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar
* LightNovel/ReMonster
* LightNovel/RentalMagica
* Manga/RisingXRydeen
* LightNovel/RokkaNoYuusha
* LightNovel/RokujyoumaNoShinryakusha
* Anime/RuneSoldierLouie
* LightNovel/RyuugajouNananaNoMaizoukin
* LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith
* LightNovel/SaenaiHeroineNoSodatekata
* LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari
* LightNovel/SasamisanAtGanbaranai
* Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai
* LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess *
* LightNovel/SeikenTsukaiNoWorldBreak
* LightNovel/SeikokuNoDragonar (a.k.a. Dragonar Academy)
* LightNovel/SeireiTsukaiNoBladeDance (also known as ''Seirei Tsukai no Kenbu'')
* LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon
* Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd
* LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana *
* LightNovel/ShangriLa
* LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}
* VisualNovel/ShinkyokuSoukaiPolyphonica Crimson
* LightNovel/ShinmaiMaouNoTestament
* LightNovel/ShonenOnmyouji
* LightNovel/SisterPrincess
* LightNovel/{{Slayers}} *
* LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen [[/index]] (Two series; the original "Haguretabi" and the comedic "Mubouhen") [[index]]
* LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf *
* Anime/StarshipOperators
* Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent
* LightNovel/StrawberryPanic *
* LightNovel/StrikeTheBlood *
* LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}
* LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod
* LightNovel/SwordArtOnline *
* LightNovel/TaishoBaseballGirls
* LightNovel/TateNoYuushaNoNariagari
* LightNovel/TelepathyShoujoRan
* LightNovel/TheThirdTheGirlWithTheBlueEye
* LightNovel/ToaruHikushiENoKoiuta
* LightNovel/ToaruHikushiENoTsuioku
* LightNovel/TokyoRavens
* LightNovel/{{Toradora}}
* [[Anime/LibraryWar Toshokan Sensou]]
* LightNovel/TrinityBlood *
* LightNovel/TsukiTsuki
* LightNovel/TsuyokuteNewSaga
* LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms *
* LightNovel/{{Tytania}}
* LightNovel/UnbreakableMachineDoll
* LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle
* LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir
* LightNovel/UtsuroNoHakoToZeroNoMaria
* LightNovel/{{Vamp}}
* LightNovel/VampireHunterD *
* LightNovel/VenusToMamoru
* LightNovel/WagayaNoOinariSama
* LightNovel/WelcomeToTheNHK
* LightNovel/WhenSupernaturalBattlesBecameCommonplace
* LightNovel/WorldCustomizeCreator
* LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru
* LightNovel/{{Yumegari}}
* LightNovel/YokuWakaruGendaiMahou
* LightNovel/YuushaNiNarenakattaOreWaShibushibuShuushokuOKetsuiShimashita
* LightNovel/{{Zaregoto}} *
* LightNovel/TheZashikiWarashiOfIntellectualVillage

[[AC:Chinese works equivalent to "light novels":]]
* Literature/CoilingDragon
* Literature/HalfPrince
* Literature/EclipseHunter
* Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight

[[AC:Original English Language Light Novels:]]

Much like Original English Language Manga there are a small group of authors writing in the style of light novels.
* LightNovel/DaybreakOnHyperion
* Literature/{{Rolitania}}
[[/index]]

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