Light Novel Fate Zero Discussion

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11:56:22 PM Oct 24th 2012
Just saying, Fate/Zero isn't generally considered by the Japanese audience to be a light novel series, just a fantasy novel series. Having anime-style art and an anime adaptation and being based off of a visual novel does not make it a light novel, actually, although it may overwhelmingly seem so. The main difference between light novels and novels is usually in the vocabulary, and Urobuchi is no slouch when it comes to that. (Don't let the Baka-Tsuki translations fool you, Fate/Zero is full of archaic/obscure words that would not usually be encountered in light novels.)
02:08:14 AM Oct 9th 2014
Agreed on the language, as a Japanese reader. Urobuchi uses vocabulary and style that is not everyday language one finds in light novels. I've also had and read a few conversations with native Japanese to similar sentiment. However, the opinion is not universal. It might go beyond a light novel in vocabulary and style, but the fantasy genre, target audience and tone is atypical of what is considered 'proper literature' in Japanese. The reality is that perception does matter and even Japanese people tend to label these books that often get anime and manga adaptations as "light novels".

Anyway, the series is described as a light novel multiple times in the Japanese Wikipedia page so I don't know if it warrants a reclassification. If it were up to me I'd put it in Literature.
08:33:28 PM Dec 16th 2011
edited by DesignatedNPC
Why is the Fate/Zero High Octane Nightmare Fuel shoehorned into Fate/Stay's page? Now that Fate/Zero has a page of its own it seems that the Nightmare Fuel should go there instead, but I'm not sure if there was a conscious decision/consensus to leave it as-is or I'd change it myself.
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