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641 books · 954 voters · list created May 11th, 2015 by Smilla's Sister (votes) .
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message 1: by Joe (new)

Joe Do Fimbulwinter and Champion for Hire really belong on here? They're both great, but they don't really fit the definition that is at the top.


message 2: by Wathman (new)

Wathman I only suggested Fimbulwinter since Champion for Hire was already in the list, and I thought Fimbulwinter was way better. Realmborn may not fit either, though can't say for sure since it didn't interest me enough to read it.


message 3: by Martink (new)

Martink Hm, it seems some people forget to read the books they themselves suggest for this list. Otherwise, i can't possibly imagine how they think books, no matter their greatness, have a place on this LitRPG list without having anything to do with virtual reality.

Fimbulwinter - MC gets transported to another world by a god
Champion for Hire - MC finds portal to fantasy worlds

I have read both, liked them quite a bit, nevertheless i seem to have missed any character menu, point distribution, skill list and similar components to virtual reality.

And i'm still wondering about some others. Arifureta has a character sheet, but its supposedly another reality which the whole class gets summoned to by the king and not a virtual reality.

On the other hand, if the name and description of a list doesn't matter and can be ignored, say the word and i'll start adding a few more books i liked. Lets see, starting with lord of the rings and perhaps a few Stargate novels. ;-)


Smilla's Sister Thanks a lot! This is very important. As I said earlier, we shouldn't be terribly strict otherwise we'd end up with too few books BUT the books absolutely have to be set in virtual reality, ideally in a game, because that's what LitRPG is, a novel set in a fictional game and obeying its rules.


message 5: by Martink (new)

Martink I absolutely believe there will be more books to come, a lot more. This is a young genre that is just getting started. After all, you wouldn't find many translated books in the classic genres, we have plenty of books written in english already there.

Another hint is provided by the popularity that manga/anime shows with a similar background (played in a game, had a virtual reality, items had points and attributes, etc) got. Sword Art Online was one of the most popular anime the season it was shown.

So, there will be more books that fit this list, written in english as well as more translations in russian. BTW, how come we have that many russian translations anyway? Did something happen there?


message 6: by Andrei (new)

Andrei Livadny Martink wrote: "BTW, how come we have that many russian translations anyway? Did something happen there? "

Yes, the thing was, the Russian publishers apparently saw the genre's potential and began to accept and publish quality manuscripts from LitRPG authors, raising the genre from amateur fan fiction to proper literature.


message 7: by Bob (new)

Bob Andrei has the right of it.
Pretty sure the books just needs RPG-like character advancement over the course of the book. The Blue Boxes aren't necessary, nor the Virtual Reality setting.
It's an extremely open genre.
Snow Crash is a post-apocalyptic VR thriller published back in 92, before the internet really existed. If you want to think of it with an open mind, the MC does upgrade his gear a couple of times in the book.


Smilla's Sister Agree w/Bob. Thanks for recommendation, Snow Crash seems to be a definite classic so I've added it to my list.


message 9: by Wolfgarr (last edited Jun 23, 2016 04:21PM) (new)

Wolfgarr Joe wrote: "Do Fimbulwinter and Champion for Hire really belong on here? They're both great, but they don't really fit the definition that is at the top."

no they don't

TBH i think that a lot of people who add books to lists etc have no idea what they are doing. or are just trying to promote a book they like. or in some cases are a shill account of the author. I see it more and more where lists are invaded by books that have nothing to do with that list. And the original list creater does nothing.

There should be a downvote option etc to get these books pushed at the min to the end of a list.


message 10: by Greg (new)

Greg Webb How is Armada on here but not Ender's Game...?


message 11: by Terrence (last edited Nov 04, 2016 09:18PM) (new)

Terrence If you're pulled into an alternate world with Rpg rules, does that count? Even if the world isn't confirmed virtual / made of pixels (just a fantasy land with skills, health meters, and nomenclature based on MMOs)? I'm thinking of stuff like:

Shield Hero series
The Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 1
The Rising of the Shield Hero, Volume 1 (The Rising of the Shield Hero, #1) by Aneko Yusagi

and

Grimgar
Level 1ː A Whisper, an Aria, a Prayer, an Awakening
Level 1ː A Whisper, an Aria, a Prayer, an Awakening (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, #1) by Ao Jūmonji

Maybe even something like Konosuba (I think that one is an actual game created by the gods though).

Konosuba God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Vol. 1 (manga) by Natsume Akatsuki

Edit: I added all the ones people consider game to life. None of these are big stretches to put in this category, but a few of them involve being sucked into books or alternate dimensions that have recognizable video game properties, and that characters comment on.


message 12: by Smilla's Sister (new)

Smilla's Sister Terrence wrote: "If you're pulled into an alternate world with Rpg rules, does that count? Even if the world isn't confirmed virtual / made of pixels (just a fantasy land with skills, health meters, and nomenclatur..."

I'd say it's possible. Quite a few authors write this sort of thing. So yes, I think they deserve being included. Thank you!


message 13: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey You all are awesome. Thanks for this list!! I am always looking for good recs in this genre, please friend me =).


message 14: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Annoyingly I can't add my LitRPG books to this list because I'm the author which is a bit frustrating!


message 15: by Vasily (new)

Vasily Mahanenko Lindsey wrote: "You all are awesome. Thanks for this list!! I am always looking for good recs in this genre, please friend me =)."

Thanks, Lindsey! There're more good books coming out just now, I'll be adding them!


message 16: by Smilla's Sister (new)

Smilla's Sister Lindsey wrote: "You all are awesome. Thanks for this list!! I am always looking for good recs in this genre, please friend me =)."

Thanks for your kind words, Lindsey, I too will let you know whenever I hear of new books.


message 17: by Smilla's Sister (new)

Smilla's Sister Matthew wrote: "Annoyingly I can't add my LitRPG books to this list because I'm the author which is a bit frustrating!"

Matthew, if you send me the links to your books, I'll add them.


message 19: by Matthew (new)


message 20: by Smilla's Sister (new)

Smilla's Sister Matthew wrote: "Spetsnaz: A 4ers LitRPG Novel thanks Smilla!"

Done it!


message 21: by Alternative (new)

Alternative Realities Smilla's Sister wrote: "Matthew wrote: "Spetsnaz: A 4ers LitRPG Novel thanks Smilla!"

Done it!"

Thank you! Much appreciated and getting votes already!


message 23: by Smilla's Sister (new)

Smilla's Sister Alternative wrote: "Look at this! - https://www.amazon.com/Caverns-Socrat......"

Оh, yes! How strange! Published in 1995! This definitely qualifies as LitRPG! Thank you!


message 24: by Alternative (new)

Alternative Realities Smilla's Sister wrote: "Alternative wrote: "Look at this! - https://www.amazon.com/Caverns-Socrat......"
Yeah, LitRPG has been around for decades :)


message 25: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Could we please add the following - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 26: by Lindsey (last edited Mar 04, 2017 12:15AM) (new)

Lindsey Added The Karmadont Chess Set (The Way of the Shaman Book #5) LitRPG series by Vasily Mahanenko and Precipice (Awaken Online #2) by Travis Bagwell . Really looking forward to them!
The Beginning (Dark Paladin Book #1) LitRPG Series by Vasily Mahanenko was missing too.


message 27: by Craig6844 (last edited Mar 05, 2017 10:09PM) (new)

Craig6844 this series should be added to the list - about another reality that uses VR to create "earth" to "educate" its kids.

The Game: The Game Is Life, Book 1 - Terry Schott


message 28: by Dark (last edited May 12, 2017 09:25PM) (new)

Dark Ape Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou does not belong on this list; although there are "status" plates in the series, which become pointless to the MCs since they're so abnormal, it is about a class that is transported to a different world and NOT A GAME.


message 29: by Justin (new)

Justin It's #49 on the list, But the trapped mind project, is really worth a read if you like LITRPG, I'd rate it in the top 5 that I have read.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3....


message 30: by Vikarti (last edited Jul 28, 2017 05:19PM) (new)

Vikarti Fimbulwinter here? strange. it's not LitRPG at all. Hero is transported to another world by goddess and there no stats,etc.
I don't think (but not fully sure) Dungeon Born belongs here too. Sentient dungeon and Adventurers is not reason to put book here (and if it IS reason - why Ancient Ruins is not here?)


message 31: by Justin (new)

Justin Some just add books that they like to any list they come across. Then others see them and keep voting for them. Unfortunately there is no negative vote to get them off.


message 32: by Vikarti (new)

Vikarti Justin wrote: "Some just add books that they like to any list they come across. Then others see them and keep voting for them. Unfortunately there is no negative vote to get them off."

/me strongly thinks about adding A LOT of LitRPG books I read. Yes, real LitRPG in every sense. Except that most of them are not in English (some have of them have English translations). I guess I should just go ahead -:).
May be rules should be updated to address all those issues?


message 34: by Santeri (new)

Santeri Moksunen I wonder if someone has mentioned this before, but Savage Divinity, despite being one of my favorite web series, is not LitRPG in any sense.


message 35: by Endoria (new)

Endoria That is not the definition of litRPG. Change the list title please.


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