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LitRPG

noun , acronym
An emerging genre of fiction characterized by the incorporation of a role playing game system into the story (be it in the real world, virtual reality, or otherwise). Levels and stats often play a role directly in the story.
 
The term LitRPG arose in 2013 to describe the subgenre of sci-fi/fantasy novels that were becoming popular at the time. Since many of these novels have similar tropes, such as stat tables (often blue boxes), wish-fulfillment, simple prose, and power-fantasy, both authors and readers wanted a way to categorize them, which is likely what led to Mahaneko. Due to their nature, many LitRPG novels are published as ebooks, or even purely online as web-serials.
Etymology : a partial blend of literary and RPG, with RPG being an acronym for role playing game. This is a recent formation that happened within the last decade, with the earliest mentions being from 2013. According to those in the industry, LitRPG was first coined by russian author Vasily Mahaneko.
Source : friend, “You should check out LitRPGs, if you liked SAO you would like them”
Last modified: 26 November 2020


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