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(Also known as "Webfiction" or the "Online novel") Subgenre of Web Original
and the prose equivalent of webcomics
such as Sluggy Freelance
or Girl Genius
(among many others) which happen to have distinct Story Arcs
. An author, usually an amateur, publishes a Novel
in many short installments (often daily or weekly) on a website.
Quite often, the work in question is some sort of Fan Fic
, but also included in this category are completely original works
. Most long-form Fan Fic
is posted on places like fanfiction.net
in installments, and thus would qualify as this trope.
of this trope are the Serial Novels
which Charles Dickens
' (and many
other authors of that time) originally published in serial form in newspapers and in Dime Novel
See Web Fiction Guide
for an incomplete listing of serial novels, among other forms of online prose fiction.
Web Fiction World
is a podcast dedicated to original, online fiction.
- Above Ground is a post-apocalyptic Dark Fantasy where humans live underground and the infected live above ground. The story follows the adventures of the human girl Lilith, who is trapped upon the surface alongside werewolves, witches, and the like.
- The Adventures Of Fox Tayle is about a regular fox made to be a soldier, but then the government project is cancelled. Fox escapes being killed and is hunted by the FBI for the majority of the story. First published on deviantART.
- The Adventures Of Pat O Neil is a self-narrative of the life of Pat O'Neil, a "regular guy from Iowa" that somehow ended up battling the forces of Clan Platypus, a organization of ninjas trying to take over the
world universe by selling meth.
- Aivoton Aikamatka
- Anachronauts is a web novel series in which multiple realities converge onto a single planet, and all the consequences that ensue because of it. Thus, its tagline: "a web novel series of broomsticks, semiautomatics, and jetpacks."
- Angry Remembrance is a Coming of Age story with an Urban Fantasy bent. Brian Cargill learns that the father he thought walked out on his family actually died a hero—fighting an ancient battle between two warring factions of shapeshifters who call upon the powers of legendary heroes and their nemeses.
- The Antithesis revolves around the conflicts of a uniquely-perceived Heaven and Hell, narrated by the main character, Alezair Czynri, who is a member of the "Jury", a sect of non-Celestials who live in Purgatory and enforce "The Code".
- Arcana Magi is a young adult fantasy universe written by H-M Brown. It features a Web Serial Novel of the main series about a teenage girl, who received a mystical item from one of The Four Gods, and was captured and brainwashed by an Evil Company to serve their needs. He also wrote Arcana Magi Zero, an Alternate Universe Short Story Trilogy about the beginnings of two teenaged girls, who received their magical items from The Four Gods, and try to understand their place in the world.
- Ars Harmonia, a collection of short stories told in Light Novel style, set in the same universe as Vacant Sky. An urban fantasy tale about a nameless demon hunter who fights to keep various supernatural entities from encroaching upon the unsuspecting society at large, and what happens when she fails.
- Associated Space, an often hilarious science fiction story written by a friend of a troper.
- Avalon's Reign is a cyberpunk serial novel.
- Becoming a better writer, a group of books written by an amateur New Zealand author and serialised on his website. So far involves Demon Hunting and Werewolf Law.
- Though the results aren't nearly long enough to be considered "novels", Bionicle includes web serials as part of their canon. They supplement the books and comics in that they can focus on and flesh out side characters - including the villains - or continue to tell adventures of those whose toys are no longer on the market.
- The final novel of the series was only available to read on-line (in English, at least... some European countries printed it into an actual book), so there's that for a novel-length serial.
- Blank Rune follows the story of Tana, a girl who lost her magic after the defeat of her masters.
- The Book of the Gear is the most complete part of the Gearworld setting from Ursula Vernon. Now abandoned, and unlikely to continue, it never had much real plot to begin with and was more of an exploration of a compellingly strange world.
- Building Tales is a set of serialised short stories, novellas and, apparently, will contain novels in the future. It is written by the artist of The Life Of Nob T Mouse and All Over The House.
- Chaos Fighters, a serial novel series with extreme amounts of fighting scenes.
- Chakona Space: A Web Original Shared Universe Furry setting, based on a Web Serial Novel, "Forest Tales", by Bernard Doove, (available here (NSFW)) that started as a Star Trek Fan Fic and became its own series. "Forest Tales" was the first series in the setting, but others have been written, by Doove and an army of Chakat fans. Some of these fans are better writers than others.
- Chatoyant College is an Urban Fantasy series about a group of friends of are studying at the only university in America that teaches magic.
- The Chronicles Of Taras is a regularly updated Horror/Science-Fiction Diesel Punk Web Serial by N. Somniack involving a teenage girl sent to an alleged Summer Camp called 'Camp Moric' that has some shady staff and hardened "Campers". Though, unfortunately, the worst of it is probably The Rake and the other horrible entities lurking about Camp Moric.
- Cirno And Purple Steve is the story of Cirno Excalibur, who found a pole in his back yard, got struck by weird lightning, and went with his new talking pole to go fight the demons. It's an experimental adventure story published weekly.
- City Of Angles is a serial about a perpetually changing urban world of Alien Geometries and the people who end up trapped there, trying to eke out a living amidst the weirdness. The ongoing mystery about the origin of the City and its true nature forms the backbone of the series.
- Codex Nekromantia: life, love, necromancy, the fragile human condition when caught between the jaws of a very robust human condition, and wholesale zombie slaughter.
- Color Shock is a tale of two cities. One is an unmappable, black and white maze called the city of all cities where street addresses are replaced with dates that mysteriously stop right before the millennium and musicians play the only color in the world into existence. The other is a high-tech metropolis where three teenage gangs (the Reds, the Blues, and the Greens) fight with colored solid light they can throw from their fingertips. In both cities, a mysterious force seeks to blot out all the color in the world forever. Here's the link, till I get around to making a page.
- Fanfic author Copperbadge publishes original work here, and to date has two complete novels and is working on a third. Interestingly, he asks readers to comment on any mistakes and to raise questions about the work, which he considers during his revisions.
- The Countryship Yoors follows the adventures of an oddly Genre Savvy protagonist who, without explanation, ended up in space, aboard a ship the size of a country.
- Curveball is Super Hero fiction about a mysterious conspiracy surrounding the murder of Liberty, America's Greatest Hero.
- DarkWatch follows a team of agents who protect the world from supernatural threats. Relatively new, but updated frequently.
- Decembersville tells the tale of a young girl who is sucked into a world of freaks, murder, and mystery.
- The Descendants is a Super Hero story formatted in such a way that it's a comic book without pictures.
- Deucalion Chronicles is a Fantasy Kitchen Sink Space Opera, with time travelers, mages, androids, werewolves and more all rubbing elbows and often as not beating the crap out of one another.
- Dimension Heroes, a web novel series skewed towards a younger demographic featuring five teens who discover futuristic battle suits and are subsequently thrust into an adventure in which they must save their world from colliding with a parallel dimension.
- Similarly, The Dionaea House, which was told in segments appearing on different websites, every October for three years.
- Domina is a series about the titular city, which has evolved a unique culture based around Bio-Augmentation. Also, it is written by a troper.
- Dragomirs Diary is a daily fantasy serial about the man himself, who tries to live a normal life in a not-so-normal castle, and the consequences of this silly decision.
- The Dragon Wars Saga is a young adult fantasy serial in which four British teenagers are dragged into another world to become warriors and save said world from disaster.
- The Ed stories, a series of short stories about a Mad Scientist Slacker college student who does everything from teleporting the Sun to sending the entire Earth backwards in time.
- Elcenia is the High Fantasy / Slice of Life story of half-elven mage Rhysel, who has been summoned from one superficially Standard Fantasy Setting to another and is stranded there. Despite superficial similarities the two worlds are at least as different from each other as either is from Earth.
- Engines Of Creation, is the story of a small Canadian town that finds itself trapped knee-deep in political turmoil and medieval magick when it is suddenly and mysteriously transported into the mystical Pactlands.
- Fartago, a serialized blog novel by author Tony Caroselli about the adventures of a tribe of cavemen who have found a monolith similar to the one from the opening chapters/scenes of the book/movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not fanfic as Caroselli has said the cavemen are not the same ones seen in the book and movie (the lead one of whom is named "Moon-Watcher" in the book, a name not seen in the blog novel). Indeed, Fartago takes place at least 1 million years after the opening chapters of the book 2001, the tribe in Fartago is apparently much larger and better organized than the one in 2001, and Caroselli has said the monolith has not been created by the same race and not for the same purpose. Caroselli insists the premise is an homage, not fanfic.
- The Facility an upstart web serial, the story centers around a boy named Matsuo Kōdaina in a dystopian alternate Japan where children that "dishonor" their families with criminal behavior are sent to a large high school converted to a maximum security prison filled with high school cliché gangs that are at constant war with each other.
- The Finite Life Of A Dating Sim Heroine, is an Gender Bender story about a boy who gets sent into a Dating Sim and forced into the body of the game's heroine.
- Fields Of Foreboding is a serial novel updated weekdays (minus holidays) by D.A. Camp-Blair. Concerns former Silean king Savian N'Dar, being told the story of his childhood abduction by his old friend, former Silean Seeker Wylar Gabriel.
- First Do No Harm is a Web Serial Novel by Insanity Lord (Justin J. on Fictionpress). It follows the life of Chastity 'Vanilla' Jackson, a doctor and scientist in the 22nd Century, and the lives of her family and those close to her.
- The Flying Cloud, an alternate universe where World War 1 ended early and airships rule the skies.
- A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan is a political fantasy web serial by Senna Black featuring royal brothers Valentin,Deadpan Snarker and Magnificent Bastard and Cassius, Nice Guy and Oblivious Younger Sibling and their adventures in service of their niece, the Empress of Jovan.
- The Galactic Series is a Space Opera short-story series set in a pair of colliding galaxies. Whilst very human issues of war, politics and culture arise, humans themselves are oddly absent, barring the occasional mysterious occurrences of time travel and their parting gift of "the human database".
- Frontier: A relatively new example. A science fiction story about Settling The Frontier.
- The Good Witch: Initially started as a webcomic before switching over to written format, it tells the story of a young boy-turned-girl who receives incredible magic powers...and then starts using them to get revenge for all the wrongs done to him/her.
- Grandmaster of Theft is an Action Thriller / Mystery which features multiple volumes of story lines and overarching story starring 1st person Classy Cat Burglar Cassidy Cain.
- Gravity, a WIP erotica Urban/Dark Fantasy involving a tormented girl and her guardian who are destined for a fate far bigger than anyone could expect.
- The Graystone Saga is a High Fantasy story in which the narrator, a teenaged boy, unintentionally gets pulled into the crusade of Lady Gray, a woman on a quest to defeat twelve demons who escaped into the world more than a century previously.
- Guide to Moral Living in Examples, an ever-growing collection of short stories about the daily challenges of life, such as what to do if you are attacked by a six-foot bacteria or if the company that you're applying to has been infiltrated by Hideous Telepathic Space-faring Lizardmen in Mansuits.
- Guns Swords And Steam
- Guts and Sass: An Anti Epic deconstructs many popular fantasy tropes, providing both parody and a serious exploration of being zapped to a Magical Land with feudal agriculturalist monarchy, semi-domesticated pastoralist, Proud Warrior Races, and hunter-gatherers.
- Hackett is a serial novel that details the adventures of an interdimensional taskforce that works for (and with) the titular Hackett.
- Holly(Woods), a serial novel about a young actress in Hollywood as she struggles to make it in show business and deals with romantic issues along the way.
- Ilivais X can be summed up as the tribulations of a slightly psychotic young woman and her Humongous Mecha, the titular Ilivais X.
- The Impossible Man is a comedy web novel also written by H-M Brown, about an Anime and Manga Store owner and the random antics he gets into.
- Interviewing Leather is a short story about a freelance writer for a music magazine who is sent to interview a supervillain.
- John Dies At The End got started as a bunch of self-proclaimed "retarded horror stories" written as Halloween specials. However, it was taken offline when it was published in book form.
- Kindness From Strangers by Leradny; a series of generally unrelated short stories with five common themes.
- The Kingdoms Of Evil, in which an Ordinary High School Student finds out he's the Big Bad of a Crapsack World. Hilarity and Belligerent Sexual Tension ensue.
- Kira Is Justice is partially this, except the author is bad at updating in a frequent basis.
- Last Mage is an Urban Fantasy story about Elijah Valentine's struggle to protect the Earth from forces Humans cannot comprehend.
- The Last Skull is a comic-book-inspired series featuring "teenaged superheroism, explosions and time-travel".
- Legion Of Nothing is a web novel about the descendants of Golden Age superheroes who inherit their grandparents' powers and take on their costumed identities.
- Lovers And Beloveds is a story following the young Prince Temmin as he leaves his childhood home for the courtly intrigues of the capital city. It started as the web serial An Intimate History Of The Greater Kingdom. The serial drew significant crowdfunding from the readership, and has been edited and published in paperback. It is Meilin Miranda's first novel.
- Mabaka! Magic is for Idiots! follows the story of an amateur wizard who falls through a black hole-like transportation system, and winds up crashing into a girl's yard in the first dimension - Earth. Thing is, he's not strong enough to get back by himself, and that transport system only comes around once a year... Let's just say that he and the human girl end up living together for a while. Updates are freqeunt, but not following any kind of schedule. Found on FictionPress.
- Magical Security Taskforce follows a group of high schoolers drafted into the titular peacekeeping organization. Written by Adam Pulver, also known for his anime/reality show spoofs and various Digimon fics, including the already-recced-on-this-site The Connection.
- Many Words, extremely irregularly-updated (but getting better!), presently running an Alternate History 1920s globetrotting zeppelins-and-skypirates Nazi-punching Adventurer Archaeologist pulp story, Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu. The archive has a finished naval-war-in-space short and the presently-abandoned start to a longer fantasy story.
- Metamor City takes place in the same world, and features short stories (and so far one novel, "Making the Cut") in its podcast tales.
- Memetic Narration is a recently started serial involving a third-person omniscient narrator that the main character hears in his head and internet memes that come to life in darker and edgier forms to cause trouble (Pedobear causing the rape and murder of a little girl, for instance).
- Memory of AUSOS is a tale of mechs, gods, and love, taking place in a late Industrial Age island kingdom with a handful of dark secrets.
- Mirrorfall - a geeky urban fantasy series whose Playful Hacker main character who is more likely to sneak off and look at Tropes than do her Men in Black paperwork.
- Mind the Thorns is an urban fantasy novel driven by reader input. Updated every Monday, it is written from the point of view of a newly made vampire, and accountant.
- Mother Of Learning is a fantasy story of a mage-in-training caught up in a month-long Groundhog Day Loop.
- My Little Pony Chronicles is this. It updates somewhat sporadically. Is essentially an Adaptation Expansion of the 80s My Little Pony cartoons.
- The Mystery Sphere - a strange but interesting story about a pirate accused of the theft of a nobleman's dragon.
- The New World
- Nocte Yin is about a fairly normal girl who is expected to carry on the Family Business – being evil. She really doesn’t want to, but circumstances force her hand sometimes. Can be found here.
- Based on The Fear Mythos is OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING, a four-act epic that blends prose with a stream-of-consciousness journal style making it seem more like Twitter. It's an Alternate History tale of Rapture actually coming on October 21st, 2011.
- Okadu Realm is an interesting collection of stories about a collection of characters in the Okadu Realm, a fantasy serial novel on deviantART. Interesting from the fact that the high level of well written description is perfectly fitting and some pieces are inspired by pictures from the site, whole chapters practically written based on one image.
- Oktober is an interesting web novel. It's updated weekly on Fridays, hasn't missed an update yet. Each chapter is told four different times, once from each character's perspective. It follows the adventures of a journalist, a rockstar, a hunter, and an assassin as they drive across the US, and has a feel of an American road novel mixed with House of Leaves.
- Paladin Academy - A Dungeons & Dragons inspired story on the Giant In The Playground forums.
- Patchwork Champions, a Super Hero story, was a webcomic for two and a half years, and continues to this day as one of these.
- Pay Me, Bug! - The Caper in space. "...featuring cunning smugglers, star-spanning empires, cheerful amorality, evil cyborg slavers, and a hyperintelligent bug."
- Phaeton is a web novel about child superheroes set in an alternate reality where just about anything can happen, it sounds like something you've scene on television already, but this can actually get interesting.
- Phantalleum is a web serial novel series being a spiritual successor of Chaos Fighters.
- The Philosophical Significance Of Soda Bubbles is a web novel which begins as a coming of age story and before Deus ex Machina-ing into a science fiction satire on philosophy, revolving around a group of immortals confused by whether they are gods or scientific flukes, searching dysfunctionally for a messiah.
- Playing For Keeps was also a podcast novel/comic book before getting published.
- Podiobooks is a treasure trove for this kind of novel.
- Ra is about magic as physics, starring a very capable young thaumic engineer named Laura Ferno.
- Raya is a Magical Girl Warrior novel.
- Registry Of Time is a series of sci-fi stories set in The Future, exploring the various cultures and technology the universe has to offer.
- RoTeO is a series about an angel and a demon/devil who fight crime while doing the Masquerade.
- Rune Breaker is the ongoing tale of a ex-slave unwillingly given control of an ancient, evil wizard.
- Sacreyas Legacy is a completed web serial about a zombie private detective whose case forces him to return to the doomed city he came from.
- The Saga Of Tuck has been running since 1997, and currently comprises 142 chapters and a bit more than a year of in-story time, not to mention an Alternate Universe side story.
- Sapphire in Two Words: Espionage Fantasy.
- The Sick Land: an Apocalyptic Log written by a researcher stationed on the outskirts of an Eldritch Location.
- Silicon Wolfpack is an Urban Fantasy story about a werewolf, a Nice Guy, and a Grey Hat Hacker being chased by Mooks and The Hunter. Can be found here.
- Skyway Mechanix A web serial about an ex-mob hit-girl and her robot partner making a living as heroes-for-hire in Minnesota. Running since 2009.
- The Slave Breakers is a long running series of erotica novels and stories about a dysfunctional family that trains and sells slaves in a world where slavery is an acceptable means to control poverty. Despite the premise, it's very fluffy for its genre. Can be found here.
- Small Problem is a blog written by a woman six and a half inches tall.
- SPARK Of Tyranny is a Space Opera with an Anti-Hero Captain and his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, struggling against the behind the scenes machinations of the Kilon Federation, which has created a Vichy Earth.
- Spectral Shadows is a web serial started by Furry author Perri Rhoades. The story follows the adventures of Jon and Rael, two anthropomorphic deer that travel space and time and take on different forms, and their human friend Christine James. Contains Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Loads and Loads of Characters.
- The Spore Wiki Fiction Universe is a Shared Universe that grew out of fan fiction on the wikia for the video game Spore.
- Starwalker is a web serial novel about an experimental AI ship and her adventures.
- Statless And Tactless link is a serial story of a dysfunctional group of roleplayers slogging through a Steam Punk campaign.
- Stone Soul is a high fantasy serial written similarly to the print fantasy serials of yesteryear.
- Summer Camp is a series of very long novel-length erotica/Coming of Age stories, initially set at a nudist camp. The story is compelling enough that during my Archive Binge, I ended up skipping most of the sex scenes, or at least just skimming them quickly to check for plot points.
- Super, a serialized novel following several Differently Powered Individuals Not Wearing Tights as they try to save the world, as well as find a place in it.
- Super Stories is a new series about superpowered people trying to leave their mark on the world.
- Tales Of Aquila This story is about different groups of academy students who use the power of nuclear energy manipulation to overcome various challenges that threaten the national securities of their respective nations. The current main character, Roy, has to work with a special team known as SODA, as well as his dead sister, to recover three missing students from a distant land.
- Tales Of MU.
- Tales Of Wyre is a fantasy epic based on the author's Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
- Tasakeru, a serial novel series using warring humanoid animals as allegories for human conflicts. It's described as "Redwall for teens and young adults."
- Tales of the Big Bad Wolf is an example of a Fairy Tale and Fantasy trope mixed together using the Red Riding Hood story as the entryway into a larger number of other stories.
- Team Omega is a superhero universe focusing on one hand on the eponymous Cape Busters and on the other on an independent superhero whose deposing of the Congo's warlords sets a dangerous new precedent.
- Tech Infantry, an earlier project involving the author of Associated Space, a collaborative series of stories by multiple authors set in a future world that combines elements of the Old World Of Darkness and Starship Troopers.
- Teds Caving Page was presented as a spelunker's series of journal entries revolving around a mysterious cave and a creature inside (the actual cave being "Freeway Cave," as the author originally discusses here and is reposted here. The original story is intentionally left unfinished, leaving the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. The story was later used for Thomas Lera's short story "The Fear of Darkness", a backdated hoax that attempts to explain all of the supernatural elements of Ted's story with an added chapter.
- Templeton Barliman is a semi-post-apocalyptic  for the titular character.
- The Champions is a superhero serial, about a team of superheroes, in both their public and private lives. It's currently just under a year old, at over 100 chapters.
- Three To One Ratio by Half Demon Cali, a supernatural genre written-out graphic novel about a ghost who is given six months to survive on Earth while wearing a human skin and living with a Tsundere martial arts girl.
- Three Worlds Collide by Eliezer Yudkowsky, a science-fiction First Contact story concerning the ethics of deals with aliens of very different morality.
- Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams and Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light are both based on comic book characters, but since the author is so bad at drawing that he makes Christian Weston Chandler look like Leonardo da Vinci, they're in prose serial format instead.
- The Unbroken Chaos is about a group of teenagers with extraordinary skills that were brought together by otherworldly forces in order to either save or destroy the world.
- Unlikely Eden is a weekly updated Web serial told from the alternating points of view of two 10-year-old girls. The story begins with the destruction of the girls' home which forces them to escape into the surrounding area. They immediately run afoul of the residents of a small outpost and through fortunate coincidence, they encounter a crotchety old trucker and his teenage ward, who become their only friends besides each other. Throughout the course of the story, they gradually begin to learn the complicated sequence of events that led to the destruction of their home. From prophecies to roller skates to robot teddy bears, there's never a dull moment.
- Welcome To Omega:
- Literature/Why Polly?: In this serialized novel, Polly, while impersonating the princess, is been kidnapped by an enchanter and his trainee, and taken far, far away from her home… where she meets the very princess she was impersonating. It is revealed they all are being threatened by a malevolent magical being known as a jadess. Can she get along with the arrogant enchanter long enough to figure out how to survive with a jadess after them? And … why does the jadess want Polly? (First serialized on wordpress in 2011, now being re-edited and updated.)
- Wingspan: based on the Chaotic Good angels fall theme with a twist; did you know the Christian idea of redemption had Power Perversion Potential?
- The longer Whateley Universe stories would qualify if anyone cared to run them through a word counter. ("Ayla and the Tests" is longer than six of the seven Harry Potter novels.) Further, in a sense, the stories make up a single, multi-author work with many stories covering the same events from different points of view. It is infamous for being Entry Pimped and Trope Overdosed to toxic levels.
- Worm is a web novel about a girl with superpowers that let her control bugs.
- The Zombie Knightis about a young guy who is revived by a Grim Reaper in order to save the lives of others. The guy in question, however, is quite the Shrinking Violet and encounters difficulty accepting the responsibilities of his new unlife.