Web Novel vs Light Novel: What are the 8 Important Differences?

September 14


Many novels have two versions, web novel and light novel, but do you know the difference between them?

To make it clearer, this article will introduce 8 differences between these two novels.

In particular, we will also discuss web novel vs light novel in:

  1. Re Zero
  2. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  3. Mushoku Tensei
  4. Overlord

In addition, we will also explain the special features of Chinese web novel.

Now, let's review these differences:

Web Novel vs Light Novel: Definition and 8 Important Differences

web novel light novel-Difference

Light Novel Definition

Generally speaking, it is a book officially published by a Japanese company, and its alias can be LN, ranobe (Japanese).

Web Novel Definition

Simply put, it is mainly available online novel. And its alias can be WN.

Here are their differences:

Target Audience

The target audience of light novels is high school and middle school students.

As for WN , there is no specific target group.

Whether to Print

LN will be printed as a physical book.

Light novel for printing

Web novels basically do not.

Professional Editors

Light novels have professional editors.

There are basically no editors for web novels, and they are written by themselves.

Professional illustrations

Light novels have professional illustrations.

in another world with my smartphone-light novel

WN, basically no.

Wether to Spend Money to Read

You can buy light novel on amazon.

Web novel is basically free.

Novel Quality

The quality of light novels is relatively high, and the threshold for authors is high.

Web novel does not have a high threshold, so some novels are of poor quality.

Will it be Adapted into Anime and Manga

Light novel will be adapted into anime and manga.

Isekai Cheat Kaitakuki Manga-Light Novel

Web novel, no.

Novel Words

The average length of a light novel is 50,000 words.

Howerve, there is no limit to the length of the web novel.

The novel also called That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

Simply put, light novel and web novel are different versions of the same novel.

In addition to the differences mentioned above, there are some more detailed differences:

In light novel's volume 6, Guy Crimson is a man, but in web novel he is an androgynous character.


In volume7 of Mushoku Tensei, web novel and light novel are completely different.

I think WN's reading experience is better.

There is an LN version on Amazon.

Overlord Web Novel vs Light Novel

You can view many differences in characters and plots between Overlord's light novel and web novel.

web novel vs light novel in overlord

The anime is based on Re Zreo light novels.

Some new scenes have been added to the light novel.

Some Special Features of Chinese Web Novels

web novel vs web novel-Chinese web novel

For some popular Chinese web novels, not only printed books can be purchased on Taobao, but some novels are also included in the National Library of China.

Chinese web novels in the National Library of China

There is a very important difference between Chinese genuine web novel websites:

For a novel, some chapters are free, but when a certain audience is accumulated, the book can be put on the shelves, and you need to read it for a fee.

For example, webnovel.com uses the "spirit stones" currency system to charge fees.

spirit stones webnovel

Finally, there are many popular Chinese web novels adapted into manhua, cartoons, dramas, movies and games.

Soul Land Anime

In addition to the above, what are the differences between light novel and web novel?

Please let me know by leaving a comment below right now.


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