8 Big Differences: Web Novel vs Light Novel

April 9


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,


Now, let's review these differences:

Web Novel vs Light Novel: Definition and 8 Important Differences

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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.

Web novels basically do not.

Professional Editors

Light novels have professional editors.

There are basically no editors for web novels.

Professional illustrations

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.

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.

Adapted into Anime and Manga

Light novel will be adapted into anime and manga.

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.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Light Novel vs Web Novel

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is another name for this novel.

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

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

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

I think WN's reading experience is better.

Overlord Web Novel vs Light Novel

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Characters that do not exist in web novel

  • Albedo
  • Mare Bello Fiore
  • Nigredo
  • Rubedo
  • Victim
  • Hamsuke
  • Nfirea Bareare
  • Pulcinella

Characters that do not exist in Light novel

  • Alah Alaf
  • Count Iselk
  • Archel Nizun Eike Fondoll
  • Bebei Autumn
  • Claude Raunales Lokia Culbelk
  • Bebene Bison
  • Count Flavella
  • Beliblad
  • Count Iselk
  • Arendagrost

Re Zero Light Novel vs Web Novel

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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

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.

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