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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 [[YaoiGenre 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. This is so common that some light novels are mistakenly believed to be anime or manga even if they don't have such an adaptation, or, oddly, that [[YouKeepUsingThatWord every Japanese-derived book adapted into anime/manga is a light novel regardless of text simplicity]]. Sometimes it may be the other way around, and a manga or anime project may get a TieInNovel or {{Novelization}} in the form of a light novel. Either way, due to the close-knit relationship between the media and their habit of sharing illustrators, light novels have come to be seen as manga and anime's text-based cousin.

Chinese-language literature has a somewhat similar phenomenon, particularly in Taiwan, though there is also a growing online force on Mainland China. Although the term "light novel" is not typically used in China for such works,[[note]]Very few of the works below fits the common beliefs and definitions about [=LNs=] mentioned above. On Mainland China, the term "Light Novels" ("轻小说") is generally used to refer to Japanese [=LNs=][[/note]] for convenience they will be listed here, though expect them to be listed under the Literature namespace (because most, if not all of them are WebSerialNovels).

The rough Western equivalent would be YoungAdultLiterature, which is typically aimed at adolescent readers. However, publishers are making efforts to market light novels to adult readers, while there are several Young Adult and even Children's books that aren't "light" by any stretch of the imagination (the later HarryPotter books come to mind).

See also StockLightNovelHero.

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!!Notable light novel series:

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

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[[index]]

[[folder:A-G]]
* LightNovel/AbsoluteDuo
* LightNovel/AccelWorld *
* LightNovel/AestheticaOfARogueHero
* LightNovel/AiNoKusabi *
* LightNovel/AkashicRecordsOfBastardMagicInstructor *
* LightNovel/{{Akikan}}
* [[LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia Allison]]
* LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill *
* LightNovel/ALullabySinister *
* LightNovel/AmagiBrilliantPark
* LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna
* LightNovel/AndYouThoughtThereIsNeverAGirlOnline
* Anime/AngelBeats
* LightNovel/AnotherNote *
* LightNovel/AntiMagicAcademyThe35thTestPlatoon
* LightNovel/ApocalypseAlice
* LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo *
* Literature/ArifuretaShokugyoudeSekaiSaikyou *
* LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar *
* LightMovel/AsukaOfTheScarletSky
* LightNovel/AsuraCryin
* LightNovel/BabyPrincess
* LightNovel/{{Baccano}} *
* LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts
* LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}} *
* LightNovel/BalladOfAShinigami *
* LightNovel/BaraNoMaria
* LightNovel/{{Beatless}}
* LightNovel/BenTo
* LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary
* LightNovel/BibliothecaMysticaDeDantalian
* LightNovel/BlackBullet *
* Manga/BlackLagoon
* LightNovel/BladedanceOfElementalers
* LightNovel/BlazBluePhaseShift
* LightNovel/BleachTheDeathSaveTheStrawberry
* LightNovel/BleachWeDoKnotAlwaysLoveYou
* LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan
* LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates
* LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai
* LightNovel/BoogiepopSeries *
* LightNovel/BookGirl *
* LightNovel/BrothersConflict
* LightNovel/{{Campione}}
* LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties
* LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex *
* LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight
* LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios
* LightNovel/ChuukoDemoKoiGaShitai
* LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage
* LightNovel/ClockworkPlanet *
* LightNovel/CoffinPrincessChaika
* Literature/ColdSeries *
* LightNovel/CookingWithWildGame
* LightNovel/{{Corsair}}
* LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars *
* LightNovel/CrusherJoe
* LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious
* LightNovel/DancesWithTheDragons
* LightNovel/DanganRonpaZero
** LightNovel/DanganRonpaKirigiri
** LightNovel/DanganRonpaTogami
* LightNovel/DateALive
* LightNovel/DeathMarchToTheParallelWorldRhapsody *
* VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}} (three prequel novels)
* LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao *
* LightNovel/DenpaTekiNaKanojo
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* LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome
* LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer *
* Franchise/DevilMayCry * (two that are prequels out of a total of four)
* LightNovel/{{DDD}} (aka ''Decoration Disorder Disconnection'')
* LightNovel/TheDifferentWorldMagicIsTooFarBehind
* LightNovel/DigimonAdventure
* LightNovel/DirtyPair *
* LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels
* LightNovel/DogAndScissors
* LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}
* Literature/DontWorryMama
* LightNovel/DoYouLikeYourMom
* LightNovel/DragonCrisis
* LightNovel/DungeonMasterWantsToSleepNowAndForever
* LightNovel/{{Durarara}} *
* LightNovel/EarlAndFairy
* LightNovel/EienNoFilena
* LightNovel/ElegantYokaiApartmentLife
* LightNovel/TheEmpireOfCorpses
* LightNovel/EromangaSensei
* Franchise/EvilliousChronicles
** LightNovel/ClotureOfYellow
** LightNovel/EvilFoodEaterConchita
** LightNovel/FifthPierrot
** LightNovel/GiftFromThePrincessWhoBroughtSleep
** LightNovel/TheLunacyOfDukeVenomania
** LightNovel/PraeludiumOfRed
** LightNovel/PraefacioOfBlue
** LightNovel/WiegenliedOfGreen
** LightNovel/TheTailorOfEnbizaka
** LightNovel/JudgmentOfCorruption
** LightNovel/TheMuzzleOfNemesis
** LightNovel/MasterofTheHeavenlyYard#
* LightNovel/{{Esu}}, AKA ''S'' *
* LightNovel/EtsusaBridge
* LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero
* LightNovel/TheFarawayPaladin *
* LightNovel/FateApocrypha
* LightNovel/FateZero
* LightNovel/FireGirl
* LightNovel/FromTheNewWorld
* LightNovel/FullMetalPanic *
** LightNovel/FullMetalPanicAnother
* Manga/FullmetalAlchemist *
* Anime/GadGuard
* LightNovel/GakuenKino
* LightNovel/Gamers2015
* LightNovel/GargoyleOfTheYoshinagas
* Literature/{{Gate}} - Thus the JSDF Fought There
* LightNovel/{{Gekkou}}
* LightNovel/GinbanKaleidoscope
* LightNovel/GJBu
* LightNovel/GoblinSlayer *
* LightNovel/{{Gokudo}}
* LightNovel/GoldenTime
* LightNovel/GonnaBeTheTwinTail
* LightNovel/TheGoodWitchOfTheWest *
* LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun
* LightNovel/{{Gosick}} *
* LightNovel/GrimgarOfFantasyAndAsh *
* LightNovel/GroundControlToPsychoelectricGirl
* LightNovel/GuinSaga *
[[/folder]]

[[folder:H-L]]
* LightNovel/DotHackAIBuster *
* LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan
* LightNovel/HakataTonkotsuRamens
* LightNovel/HariyamaSan
* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya *
* LightNovel/HeavensMemoPad
* LightNovel/HeavyObject
* LightNovel/HentaiOujiToWarawanaiNeko
* LightNovel/HereComesTheThreeAngels
* LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD
** LightNovel/ShinHighSchoolDXD
* VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry (originally a visual novel)
* LightNovel/HiraheishiWaKakoOYumemiru
* LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere
** LightNovel/TheEndingChronicle
* LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend *
* LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined
* LightNovel/{{Hundred}}
* LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls
* LightNovel/HybridXHeartMagiasAcademyAtaraxia *
* LightNovel/HyouketsuKyoukaiNoEden
* LightNovel/ICouldntBecomeAHeroSoIReluctantlyDecidedToGetAJob
* LightNovel/IdolDefenseForceHummingbird
* LightNovel/IfHerFlagBreaks
* LightNovel/ImmoralDarkness *
* LightNovel/InfiniteDendrogram
* LightNovel/InfiniteStratos
* LightNovel/{{Inukami}}
* LightNovel/IriyaNoSoraUFONoNatsu
* LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool *
* Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor
* LightNovel/ISavedTooManyGirlsAndCausedTheApocalypse *
* LightNovel/IsekaiMaouToShoukanShoujoDoreiMajutsu
* LightNovel/IsekaiShokudou
* LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon *
* LightNovel/IsThisAZombie
* LightNovel/TheIsolator *
* LightNovel/ItsukaTenmaNoKuroUsagi
* LightNovel/IzureShinwaNoRagnarok
* LightNovel/JoJosBizarreAdventureFourthAnotherDay
* LightNovel/JoJosBizarreAdventureOverHeaven
* LightNovel/JorgeJoestar
* LightNovel/JudgmentOfCorruption
* LightNovel/JuuniTaisen *
** LightNovel/JuniTaisenZodiacWar
* LightNovel/{{Kabukibu}}
* Anime/KageKaraMamoru
* LightNovel/KagerouDaze *
* LightNovel/KamikazeGirls *
* LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}
* LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}
* LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai
* Manga/{{Karin}} *
* LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}
* LightNovel/KazeNoStigma
* LightNovel/{{Kieli}} *
* Literature/KimiNoSuizouWoTabetai
* LightNovel/KinosJourney *
* LightNovel/KnightsAndMagic
* LightNovel/KokoroConnect
* LightNovel/KonoSuba *
* LightNovel/KonoNakaNiHitoriImoutoGaIru
* LightNovel/KumoDesuGaNaniKa *
* LightNovel/{{Kurenai}}
* LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh
* LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki
* LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers
* LightNovel/LChangeTheWorld
* Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes
* LightNovel/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor
* LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes
* Anime/LibraryWar
* [[LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia Lillia & Treize]]
* LightNovel/{{Lodgeworld}}
* LightNovel/LogHorizon *
* LightNovel/LordElMelloiIICaseFiles
* LightNovel/LordMarksmanAndVanadis
* Anime/LostUniverse
* LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions
[[/folder]]

[[folder:M-P]]
* Anime/{{Maburaho}}
* LightNovel/MaerchenMaedchen
* LightNovel/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife
* LightNovel/MagiciansAcademy
* LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject *
* Anime/MagicUsersClub (Mahou Tsukai Tai!)
* LightNovel/MagikaNoKenshiToShoukanMaou
* LightNovel/MahouSensou
* LightNovel/MaiHimeDestiny (AlternateContinuity to the [[Anime/MaiHime anime series]])
* LightNovel/MaouNoHajimekata
* LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha
* LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru
* LightNovel/MayoChiki
* LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun
* Franchise/MikaguraSchoolSuite
* LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze
* LightNovel/MixedBathingInAnotherDimension
* LightNovel/{{MM}}
* Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}
* LightNovel/MobileSuitGundamTwilightAXIS
* Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn
* LightNovel/MomoKyunSword
* LightNovel/MoonLedJourneyAcrossAnotherWorld
* Literature/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit *
* LightNovel/MushiUta
* Franchise/MuvLuv
** VisualNovel/MuvLuvExtra
** VisualNovel/MuvLuvUnlimited
** VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative
** LightNovel/MuvLuvAlternativeTotalEclipse
** LightNovel/{{Schwarzesmarken}}
* LightNovel/MushokuTensei
* LightNovel/TheMuzzleOfNemesis
* LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld
* LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU
* VisualNovel/NanatsuiroDrops
* LightNovel/NarutoHiden
** LightNovel/KakashiHidenLightningInTheIcySky
** LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness
** LightNovel/SakuraHidenThoughtsOfLoveRidingUponASpringBreeze
** LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding
** LightNovel/GaaraHidenASandstormMirage
** LightNovel/AkatsukiHidenEvilFlowersInFullBloom
* [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA]]
* LightNovel/{{No 6}}
* LightNovel/NinjaSlayer
* LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu
* LightNovel/NoGameNoLife *
* LightNovel/NoRin
* LightNovel/OcculticNine *
* LightNovel/OniiChanDakedoAiSaeArebaKankeinaiYoNe
* LightNovel/OnlySenseOnline
* LightNovel/OnlyTheRingFingerKnows
* LightNovel/OokamiSan
* LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}
* LightNovel/OreNoNounaiSentakushiGaGakuenLoveComeOZenryokuDeJamaShiteiru
* LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}
* LightNovel/OutbreakCompany
* LightNovel/OverLord2012 *
* LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai
* LightNovel/PersonaXDetectiveNaoto
* LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou
* Manga/PitaTen *
* Anime/PleaseTeacher
* LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation
* LightNovel/PrinceOfStride
* LightNovel/ProblemChildrenAreComingFromAnotherWorldArentThey
* Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica (adaptation)
* LightNovel/PurpleHazeFeedback
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[[folder:R-Z]]
* LightNovel/{{R15}}
* LightNovel/RailWars
* LightNovel/RakuinNoMonshou (Emblem of the Branded)
* Anime/ReadOrDie
* LightNovel/RecordOfGrancrestWar
* Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar
* LightNovel/ReMonster
* LightNovel/ReZero *
* LightNovel/RentalMagica
* LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero *
* Manga/RisingXRydeen
* LightNovel/RisouNoHimoSeikatsu
* LightNovel/RokkaBravesOfTheSixFlowers
* LightNovel/RokujyoumaNoShinryakusha
* Anime/RuneSoldierLouie
* LightNovel/RyuugajouNananaNoMaizoukin
* LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith
* LightNovel/SagradaReset
* LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari
* LightNovel/SasamisanAtGanbaranai
* Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai
* LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess *
* LightNovel/SeikenTsukaiNoWorldBreak
* LightNovel/SeikokuNoDragonar (a.k.a. Dragonar Academy)
* LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon
* Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd
* LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana *
* LightNovel/ShangriLa
* LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}
* VisualNovel/ShinkyokuSoukaiPolyphonica Crimson
* LightNovel/ShominSample
* LightNovel/ShonenOnmyouji
* LightNovel/ASimpleSurvey
* LightNovel/SisterPrincess
* LightNovel/SkyWizardsAcademy
* LightNovel/{{Slayers}} *
* LightNovel/SoICantPlayH
* LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen [[/index]] (Two series; the original "Haguretabi" and the comedic "Mubouhen") [[index]]
* LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf *
* LightNovel/SpiritMigration
* Anime/StarshipOperators
* LightNovel/StrawberryPanic *
* LightNovel/StrikeTheBlood *
* LightNovel/SukaSuka
* LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}
* LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod
* LightNovel/SwordArtOnline *
** LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline *
* LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina
* LightNovel/TaishoBaseballGirls
* LightNovel/TatakauShisho
* LightNovel/TelepathyShoujoRan
* LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil
* LightNovel/TheThirdTheGirlWithTheBlueEye
* LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign
* LightNovel/TheUniqueCheatOfTheManDraggedInByTheFourHeroes
* LightNovel/ToaruHikushiENoKoiuta
* LightNovel/ToaruHikushiENoSeiyaku
* LightNovel/ToaruHikushiENoTsuioku
* LightNovel/TokyoRavens
* LightNovel/{{Toradora}} *
* LightNovel/TrinityBlood *
* LightNovel/TsukiTsuki
* LightNovel/TsuyokuteNewSaga
* LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms *
* LightNovel/{{Tytania}}
* LightNovel/UnbreakableMachineDoll
* LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle
* LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir
* LightNovel/UnlockCity
* LightNovel/UtsuroNoHakoToZeroNoMaria
* LightNovel/{{Vamp}}
* LightNovel/VampireHunterD *
* LightNovel/VenusToMamoru
* LightNovel/VioletEvergarden
* LightNovel/WagayaNoOinariSama
* LightNovel/WatashitachiNoTamuraKun
* LightNovel/TheWeaknessOfBeatriceTheLevelCapHolySwordswoman
* LightNovel/WelcomeToTheNHK
* LightNovel/WhenSupernaturalBattlesBecameCommonplace
* LightNovel/WorldCustomizeCreator
* LightNovel/WorldTeacherIsekaishikiKyouikuAgent
* LightNovel/YokuWakaruGendaiMahou
* LightNovel/YoujoSenki *
* LightNovel/{{Yumegari}}
* LightNovel/{{Zaregoto}} *
* LightNovel/TheZashikiWarashiOfIntellectualVillage
[[/folder]]

[[AC:Chinese works equivalent to "light novels":]]
* Literature/CoilingDragon (盘龙)
* Literature/DesolateEra (莽荒纪)
* Literature/DouluoDalu (斗罗大陆)
* Literature/EclipseHunter (玄日狩)
* Literature/HalfPrince (½王子)
* Literature/TheKingsAvatar (全职高手)
* Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight (吾命騎士)
* Literature/ReleaseThatWitch (放开那个女巫)
* Literature/WayOfChoices
* Literature/MoDaoZuShi (魔道祖师), translatable as ''Founder of Diabolism'' or ''Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation''.

[[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
* LightNovel/GodComplex
* LightNovel/HaremPrince
* LightNovel/{{Reaper}}
* Literature/{{Rolitania}}
* Literature/TokyoDemons

[[AC:Companies that publish Light Novels:]]

* Creator/{{Alphapolis}}
* Fujimi Shobo
* Media Factory
* Overlap Bunko
* [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} Type-Moon]]

[[/index]]

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