Light Novel Becomes New York Times Best Seller

December 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm 2 comments

So if there ever was any doubt regarding whether the New York Times considers a Light Novel a manga, it can be put to rest now. They do. Disregarding this ignorance regarding the difference between novels and comics, we can happily report that a light novel now (I’m not quite sure, could this be the first time this has happened?) has become a New York Times Best Selling book. Coming in at #10, Viz’s release, “Death Note: L, change the WorLd” has been a best seller for 5 weeks straight.

This is good news for the industry as a whole, and gives hope to fans of Shakugan no Shana of seeing Viz eventually release Volume 3. With the economy as it is, and Light Novels as small a niche as they are, seeing a New York Times Best Selling Light Novel is more than pleasing to the eyes.

The only remaining question is, will we see any more Light Novels make the list?

Discuss in the comments below this news, and whether or not you believe it right for the New York Times to include Light Novels in the Manga list of best sellers.

Source: The New York Times


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Krikit  |  December 15, 2009 at 5:05 am

    nobody’s commented yet? This is interesting….^_^

    • 2. ranobecafe  |  December 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

      Ahem, I do believe that “you” did. 😉

      The blog post also got replied to by Japanator, much to my joy. lol


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