Light novels before the mid 2000s and onward
>Kino no Tabi
>Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Light novels during the mid 2000s and onward
>Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai!
>Toaru Majutsu no Index
>High School DxD
>Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
>all the other copy-paste shit not worth mentioning that are exactly like everything else listed here and have overly long titles
You forgot Slayers and Banner of the Stars (not a light novel, but since you're counting LoGH might as well mention it), faggot.
But let's be honest, how many lackluster light novels from back then do we know about compared to today where they're readily accessible? I think it's more likely that LNs were always shit aside from a handful of good titles.
It's just a genre reclassification, the so called light novels then are just called light bungaku now.
Honestly, most of the shit LNs don't sell anyway, so nothing changes. On the other hand, WN adapted to bunko format is really killing the entire LN market. The issue mainly lies with readers who are more interested in stories that provide them with the maximum amount of catharsis, which often result in settings with very intelligent and overpowered protagonists.
However, most of writers can't write high intellect characters, nor plots revolving around mind games. What you have left is just bland main characters that maximize self-gratification through pure power, which I often find very unappealing.
>The issue mainly lies with readers who are more interested in stories that provide them with the maximum amount of catharsis, which often result in settings with very intelligent and overpowered protagonists.
The amount of reincarnation stories is just getting ridiculous.
WN adaptations have the most sales for the reasons I explained.
The LN market isn't a bubble, it is a wave that ebbs and flows. 2015 has most number of "LNs" publications to date, so this is the so called golden age right now.
Nonetheless, the megahits that OP listed are only reserved for light bungaku now, which is why labels like Orange and Shincho-nex appear.
Because they are easy to write, and the feel of your current (useless lifestyle) actually has worth appears to the target readership. This in effect is to make the other characters in the story less intelligent because they lack these knowledge.
In some way, light bungaku also abuse this because a lot of their stories star main characters who are jobless in the beginning, albeit they do find a purpose in life very soon.
You learned what a light novel was, cherry picked a couple well-known examples, and decided to complain about them in order show everyone what a serious anime fan you are pretending to be, is what happened.
What bothers me more abou the current states of LN's is
>High School MC
>MC is a special snowflake from episode 0
>Probably overpowered/broken abilities that mess with reality and physic just becuase author can
Especially the last one.
I wasn't saying it wasn't a good thing. I'm actually almost impressed with it for that reason. It's not as good as Teito Monogatari, but it's probably as good as you can get by "updating" it to modern day Japan and turning it into an urban fantasy battle series.
Can I ask you something ? What is WN ?
Also, I read the announcement about 21st Dengeki Novel Prize before
Are Hitotsu Umi no Pallas Athena, Phi no Houseki and Chotto Ima Kara shigoto Yametekuru considered as WN ?
I watch the promotion video of Hitotsu Umi no Pallas Athena and Phi no Houseki and they didn't feel like LN.
To be fair Chuunibyou fantasy, special snowflake and broken physics are ones I don't mind.
Chuunibyou shit is just a thirst for different fiction and story telling than was present before, perhaps now that crazy shit is in the actual world our stories written need to go past that and I'm fine with that.
Special snowflake mc is why the character is the mc so though there are instances where it is of course tiring I can't be too upset about it.
Broken abilities I'll give you but things like super powers or any other thing can't not break physics in some way or another, and even if there would be an explanation I wouldn't expect an author to be able to cover the sciences fantastically
Miss Fabre, D-Crackers, 9S, Luke and Leila, Vehicle&, Saredo tsumibito wa ryuu to odoru, neko no chikyuugi
Probably missing a tons but I can't be hassed to remember everything I liked.
Also Irya no Natsu is probably well known by EOPs but the LN is about a 100000 times better than the anime adaptation, actually it's probably the best written LN ever
Web novels yes. By that I don't mean it's just Narou, Arcadia also used to be a popular source (Overlord and DanMachi originate from Arcadia for example).
Phi no Houseki and Chotto Shigotto Yame are both with Media Works Bunko, so they are not classified as LN, but rather as Light Bungaku as mentioned. However, websites like Ranobe-Mori will still count it as LN.
Hitotsu Umi is definitely a LN by classification though.
The Dengeki award is special in that they are very much anti-web novels; in fact, read book related and they will tell you you shouldn't write like web novel writers (by Miki Kazuma himself). I tried reading this book myself but was bored, so this is only second-handed information from a person who reads more than me.
The reason why Mahouka's published is because Dengeki is in the market for money, they probably won't ever consider it for an award.
I also don't suggest looking too much into these awards in terms of finding recommendations for obvious reasons.
The strength of MW bunko is the market staying power. The book generally sell for a long time even though they might not appear to sell a lot the first week.
>48位 41位 40回 **6,307部 *98,171部 13/12/25 *383日 神様の御用人
Pretty amazing when considering most of the other bunko just dies after the first 2 weeks.
With such a small portion of the market it's not like you can talk about the overall direction LNs are going.
To be blunt: there are going to be few good series and a ton of shit ones, just like it has always been. What changes is only the volume of the market.
And again, if you consider only series that either got translated or had an anime/manga adaptation to ease the fruition (it's much more likely for an anime/manga to get subs/scans than for a LN to get translations), then your view is going to be tremendously narrow and filtered by what it's picked to appeal the widest anime/manga population, which hardly means "the good stuff".
In the west we have Young Adult fiction and smutty fiction, LNs are the Nipponese equivalent of those.
This means a majority are shit and with some decent to good ones being outputted.
MW, not WM. MW = Media Works Bunko, which is the same parent company as Dengeki Bunko. The Dengeki Award each year is separated by two labels and hence 2 grand awards.
Pic related is another meta LN, kinda talks about how books go from "1 million sales" to "4 million sales" total when it gets animated and other stuff like that. Pretty educational but terrible story written by author of Mayo Chiki.
what the fuck is a light bungaku? i've never even heard of that shit. they're light novels. that's what everyone calls them.
secondly, web novels don't sell for shit. all the faggots who read light novels (a niche market, by the way) mock the published web novels for being excessively expensive (~1000+ yen) and because you can read them online for free.
i don't even know of a single web novel that has done exceedingly well, unless you count Mahouka and SAO, which have both completely converted to a published format
>Pretty amazing when considering most of the other bunko just dies after the first 2 weeks.
Is it that difficult to even use Google? Biblia has tonshit of stuff and it's fairly popular. It's not only the work of the label but how many things have Biblia gathered within the years.
Pretty much this. LNs were never intended to be serious stuff, nor well written literature masterpieces.
He is a faggot. MW are labeled as books aimed to the general audience. Maybe pocket books suit them well, but for me there are only novels and light novels. Making distinctions is just hipster faggotry.
I think it's just that light novels use furigana for some kanji and an actual novel is just a traditional Japanese style novel. I could be wrong on that.
I always get the impression that LNs are the eastern equivalent to the "young adult novels" demographic.
This thread sure is informative.
It kind of makes be feel bad that I don't (and probably never will) know Japanese.
Picking one random series and ending up with something good must be an amazing feeling.