A Strange Myth

September 11, 2009 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

A Light Novel

For some strange reason, there is a myth circulating around the internet within some discussions of light novels. The myth is about the idea that MOST published light novels had to be serialized before their chapters were collected together and put out as individual released novels.

First of all, to answer this question, no, no, and no.

To start things off, there are only a handful of Light Novel Magazine to begin with in publication (Dengeki Bunko Magazine, DRAGON Magazine, The Sneaker Magazine, etc), and the majority of all these stories are not light novel series being serialized, but published SHORT STORIES from already established light novel series’.

See, the way it really works is exactly opposite to the myth. In fact, the majority of light novels must always be published in regular book form first before usually being asked to make short stories to be published in the magazines.

Very few light novels as I understand actually are serialized from day 1 in a magazine.

So yea, I thought I’d end this myth before it grew to big.

Light Novels in Japan are published in very much the same way that regular novels in the US are published.

Mnay popular light novels I should mention got published by entering a writing competitions hosted by the light novel publishers.

If you agree, or have contrary evidence to what has been posted here, please feel free to leave a comment. Or if you just have some random thoughts or questions, those are welcomed as well.


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