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Light novels


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    • Light novels
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    • Rainobe
    • Raito noberu
    • Ranobe
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  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: 2016058965: Towada, S. Tōkyō gūru. English. Tokyo ghoul, 2016(English translation of a Japanese light novel) cover (Tokyo ghoul light novels book series)
    • found: 2015049264: Kawahara, R. Jōka no Miko. English. Shrine maiden of the sacred fire, 2016(series statement: Accel world; authorized series access point: Kawahara, Reki. Akuseru wārudo (Light novel). English)
    • found: Miller, S.J. Historical dictionary of modern Japanese literature and theater, 2009:p. 61 (Light novels. "Light novels" (raito noberu) comprise a new genre of young adult novels with anime- or manga-style illustrations. The term light novel often shortened to ranobe or rainobe was coined in the 1990s on a science fiction Internet forum. These prose (as opposed to graphic) novels are written with the young adult reader in mind, containing a large percentage of dialogue and the occasional reading gloss. They are often serialized in magazines, and many have been adapted for television. Popular light novel genres include romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror. Their enormous popularity among Japanese youth and young adults has led to greater numbers appearing in translation, such as Achi Taro's (1978-) Kage kara mamoru! (Next Door Ninja). See also Cell-Phone Novels)
    • found: TV tropes website, July 20, 2018(Light Novels; prose, written in short paragraphs for fast reading; very popular in Japan, chiefly among teenagers and young adults, but due to the amount of translation involved, very few of them make their way to English-language markets; The term light novel is a misnomer. While many people believe that the word "light" in the name means the novel is short (and they usually don't last much longer than 200 pages) or that it uses manga-style illustrations, the truth is that this actually refers to the text inside. Modern light novels use simpler, easier-to-read everyday kanji as opposed to "hard" novels, which generally contain much older words which, even for Japanese readers, may necessitate keeping a dictionary on hand to understand; Chinese-language literature has a somewhat similar phenomenon, particularly in Taiwan, though there is also a growing online force on Mainland China; much like original English language manga, there are a small group of authors writing [in English] in the style of light novels)
    • found: Goodreads website, July 20, 2018:Genres > Novels > Light Novel (A light novel (or Ranobe) is a style of Japanese novel typically not more than 40-50,000 words long, usually published in bunkobon size, and are often illustrated. The text is often serialized in anthology magazines prior to collection in book form)
    • found: Wong, Melissa. In defense of the original English-language light novel, via Melissa Wong website, posted Aug. 18, 2017, viewed on July 20, 2018([Wong is] writer of English-language light novels; the light novel runs from novella word count range to full novel length (averaging roughly 50,000 words); has a manga-style cover and monochrome illustrations at key points throughout. They are usually long, expansive series with multiple volumes--though one-shots are not unheard of; target audience is late middle-school to early adulthood; can be just as gory, profound, or racy as any other work of fiction)
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    • 2018-07-23: new
    • 2018-10-04: revised
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