Characteristics Of Light Novels.
Light novels are very different from other types of novels. Apart from the fact that this novel is light which is known by many people, other differences exist. Their covers are designed in Mange styles. These novels are written with the target readers being the teenagers and young people generally. The light novels are short. The author tells the stories in very few words that make the books Shorts. Any style that can make the book longer will not be used. The novels are read in many parts of the world by they are more popular in Japan. Light novels are found in almost each bookshop in Japan.
The name of these books originated from Japan. English is not the origin of light novels even if it sounds so. Even when light novel seems to have an English origin, this is not true.People from Japan use the word Wasei-eigo. This word has become popular in many parts. Outside Japan these books are referred to as Japanese novellas. They use a style that is different from other styles when writing light novels.Unlike the common books they only use very few illustrations. A few number of illustration are used in light novels unlike in the other books. The writer makes sure that they are easy to read and uses simple language. The only place when an illustration can be place is before a capital. When characters and places are being introduced illustration is suitable.
In the past the illustrations were strictly done in black and white but nowadays some of the writers are using colored ones. The world has experienced many changes in general and this is one of them. The anime style is used for a reason. The major cause is the history. Japan is the origin of these novels. From pulp magazine the light novels were introduced. This magazine only used classic style but the need to attract more readers saw many changes done. This is when they stopped writing in their old style and changed to this anime cover style. They then adapted the use of illustrations in specific part of the book.
Magazines incorporated more articles based on movies and also anime. Video game was also made a part of the content. The demand of the books increased with some of the audience being new generations they added more illustrations. Japanese writers are fond of using poetry in their books. Majority of the books use poetic devices. A light novel is not just a type of book that can be read in few minutes or within a short bus ride. This is a false belief. A light novel is more features than the shortness. There are some books that are written for children yet they have content that is meant for adults. This mistake in not committed in light novels. The reason as to why such mistakes happen is because the author did not do enough research before releasing the book in the market. Japanese novels are well scripted and they are always intended for the right audience.