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:
- Re Zero
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- Mushoku Tensei
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
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:
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.
Web novels basically do not.
Light novels have professional editors.
There are basically no editors for web novels, and they are written by themselves.
Light novels have professional illustrations.
WN, basically no.
Wether to Spend Money to Read
You can buy light novel on amazon.
Web novel is basically free.
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.
Web novel, no.
The average length of a light novel is 50,000 words.
Howerve, there is no limit to the length of the web novel.
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Light Novel vs 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.
Mushoku Tensei Light Novel vs Web Novel
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 in Fandom.
Re Zero Light Novel vs Web Novel
The anime is based on light novels.
Some new scenes have been added to the light novel.
Some Special Features of Chinese Web Novels
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.
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.
Finally, there are many popular Chinese web novels adapted into manhua, cartoons, dramas, movies and games.
In addition to the above, what are the differences between light novel and web novel?
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