Welcome to the captivating world of light novels and web novels! If you’ve ever felt confused about the distinction between the two, you’re not alone. Some of the most renowned light novels started as self-published series on internet forums, blurring the lines between the two genres. However, in common usage, web novels predominantly refer to serialized online novels from South Korea and China, while light novels hail from Japan, irrespective of their initial publication method.
So, if you’ve been immersed in light novels until now, get ready for an exciting adventure because the realm of web novels has much to offer, blending the comfort of the familiar with the thrill of the new.
As the name suggests, web novels are primarily intended for online consumption. While some North American publishers, like Yen Press, have begun releasing collected volumes, limiting yourself to this format might mean missing out on a plethora of engaging titles. Many web novels can be enjoyed directly through online browsers.
So here are the 10 Best New Web Novels You Must Read!
Best New Web Novels
10. Academy’s Second Seat
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life
I became the villain in the possessed game, the rival of the main character, and the second seat.
9. I Fell into the Game with Instant Kill
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
I fell into a game world out of nowhere with an instant kill skill. And then somehow, I became a bigshot.
8. I Become a Mafia in the Academy
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, School Life
I spent my life engrossed in a game, dedicating countless hours to its challenges. Despite my efforts, I found myself perpetually stuck in the frustrating position of second place, seemingly destined to remain there for the rest of my days.
[Can you live as yourself, using your own nickname?] The DarkLord of Underworld: Even if a man can’t eat, he can survive!
Out of nowhere, a message arrived, and suddenly I was possessed by the very game I had been playing. I assumed the identity of the DarkLord of Underworld, a character I once created online. However, to my dismay, I was cast into the role of the worthless son of an Underworld Boss.
“Yes, bloodline is also a power, as long as you can use it. My ability is ‘Famiglia’.”
Nonetheless, I soon discovered that my lineage held power, and my ability was known as ‘Famiglia.’ My passion for gaming had not vanished; it had merely manifested in a new reality, propelling my relentless drive to survive no matter the cost.
The game addict within me never ceased to exist. Now armed with overwhelming violence, boundless wealth, and connections in another world, I was ready to employ any means necessary to stay alive and thrive in this unfamiliar domain.
7. I Became A Third-Rate Villain In The Hero Academy
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School Life
In a surreal and extraordinary turn of events, I found myself inhabiting the body of a woeful third-rate villain who met their demise in every storyline of my beloved game. While the prospect of reliving these tragic endings filled me with trepidation, a fierce determination stirred within me. I yearned for more than just an inevitable demise; I craved life, genuine existence beyond the confines of a scripted fate. No longer content to be a mere footnote in the hero’s journey, I resolved to seize control of my own narrative, to break free from the shackles of this preordained fate. As I forged ahead, I vowed to defy the pre-established course, to overcome every obstacle that lay in my path, and to prove that even a seemingly insignificant villain could rise above and claim a life worth living.
6. The Academy’s Weakest Became A Demon-Limited Hunter
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, School Life
In a perplexing twist of fate, I found myself inhabiting the body of the weakest character in my favorite game’s dreaded Hell Mode. Survival became my utmost priority, but what troubled me even more was witnessing the main character’s plight, controlled in a manner that left much to be desired. The way events were unfolding was nothing short of atrocious, and I knew I couldn’t stand idly by and allow a tragic outcome to befall us all. Though the situation seemed dire, there was a resolve within me that couldn’t be swayed. I understood that it fell upon me to take matters into my own hands, to defy the odds, and put an end to the ominous specter of a bad ending. Even if the task seemed daunting, I couldn’t afford to give in to despair; I had to muster every ounce of strength and wit to steer the course of the story toward a more favorable and just outcome.
5. I Became a 6★ Gacha Character
Genre: Action, Adult, Adventure, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Supernatural
Isn’t it an unwritten rule in the industry that new gacha characters with good performance should not be male characters? The tutorial doesn’t start until 10 years later.
4. I Became the Hero Who Banished the Protagonist
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
I banished the protagonist.
Shit. If only I had transmigrated a short while before.
3. I Became The Villain The Hero Is Obsessed With
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Shounen
In a curious twist of fate, I found myself cast as the villain in the captivating tale of a valiant hero. As our paths intertwined, a momentous battle with the main character loomed on the horizon, and I contemplated surrendering and walking away from this epic confrontation. Yet, to my bewilderment, the hero appeared to be strangely infatuated with my presence. Her inexplicable obsession left me questioning my role in this narrative. What had I done to captivate her attention? Was there more to this intricate story than I had initially perceived? As the plot thickened, I began to wonder if our destinies were entwined by a deeper force, one that defied the conventional boundaries of hero and villain. The enigmatic allure of her fascination now left me torn between my expected role and the enigma that lay within this extraordinary tale.
2. Damn Reincarnation
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Harem, Mystery, Psychological, Tragedy
In a fantastical realm, the courageous warrior Hamel embarked on a perilous quest alongside his comrades to vanquish the malevolent devil that plagued their land. Tragically, fate dealt a cruel blow, and just moments before the fateful confrontation, Hamel met his untimely end. However, the story did not end there. Miraculously, Hamel’s soul was reborn into the lineage of his fellow warrior, Vermouth, inheriting the powerful bloodline. From that moment on, he was known as Eugene Lionhart. The weight of this revelation was overwhelming, as he already believed himself to be a genius in his past life. Now, with a fresh start, Eugene possessed achievements he had never accomplished before. Yet, his newfound life wasn’t without its complexities. Sharing a body with the essence of an unknown origin, Eugene now faced a reality where demons and unknown forces coexisted. In this uncharted territory, everything he once knew was called into question. Thus began Eugene Lionhart’s extraordinary journey, picking up the unfinished business of his past life and forging ahead in a strange and mystical world.
Damn Reincarnation also has a Webtoon adaptation so if you prefer to read that over the Web Novel, you can. But if you like imagining the world for yourself, you can use the Webtoon version to familiarize yourself with how the characters look.
1. Solo Farming In The Tower
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
One day, a mysterious tower suddenly appeared in the city. The people decided to call it a dungeon, and while it was full of rugged terrain and dangerous monsters, it was also a land of opportunity, where countless treasures awaited. When Sejun, a young man living an ordinary life, is invited to the dungeon by chance, he is thrilled at the prospect of becoming rich, but he is stranded in a hidden area of the mysterious tower. All he has is a few seeds and his body. Now Sejun must farm, collect resources, and figure out his own survival strategy!
Solo Farming In The Tower has also received a Webtoon adaptation recently, so if you prefer Webtoons over Web Novels, you can go ahead and read that.
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