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Chinese novel rankings (Qidian)

Hey everyone, this is something that I’ve been wanting to write about for quite a while now. I often see several questions pop up while I’m browsing the various forums; which novels are popular in China? Which novels should I translate? How are the novels ranked?

Well, I’m here to answer this question (partly). The first thing of note is that these rankings, like every other ranking that exists, will be biased to some extent.  Novels that are written by authors that are well known for their other works will be higher in the rankings. This is understandably so; if J.K Rowling released a new book, sales would shoot through the roof and this is similar within the Chinese market. A perfect example of this would be the new novel that Tang Jia San Shao  (唐家三少 ) recently released, a continuation to Doulou Dalu. With it being only around fifty chapters , The Legend of the Dragon King  (龙王传说) is near the top of the various rankings.

Another bias that people often see is the fact that authors of long running novels tend to feature higher in these rankings. Think of it this way; you have a web novel around 3000 chapters or so. During the time of releasing these series, you have built up a loyal fan base that will vote for you and push you up the rankings.  Many series that are high up in these lists are often extremely long running. Although the converse can also be true – sometimes novels nearing the end can get less votes/clicks due to the fact that people who are likely to be reading/voting have already done so.

A further point to note is that these series will fluctuate. Stories rise higher and lower in the rankings in due to plot lines, promotions and many other reasons. Often a series will be high in this week’s ranking but fall downwards again next week. VIP books (paid access) novels also tend to feature lower – people tend to go to pirated sites to read such novels so therefore they register less clicks.

Well without further ado, lets look at the probably the largest and most popular Chinese novel site – Qidian and the different categories of of the rankings. Qidian is probably the website that hosts the works that we are most familiar with – Coiling Dragon , Battle through the Heavens and I Shall Seal the Heavens. Many famous authors operate under this organisation.

 

Note: Rankings were taken at 06/02/2016 and was accurate as of that date.

Also note that all translation done here is done literally and without too much thought – I spent roughly three seconds thinking of the English translation for these titles. I also have no idea whether some of the series listed are being translated nor what they are known as in English. I have done my best to place the English name of the series into the rankings if I knew it, but some may have slipped through my notice.


 

I’ll go over the four types of ranking that are commonly looked at, but there are many more that exist and is based on different criteria.

书友点击排行榜 (Click ranking)

Exactly what it sounds like. The highest in this ranking has the most clicks in that period of time – there were more people reading this novel.

推荐排行榜 (Recommendation ranking)

Users of qidian have certain ‘votes’ that they can use to support a novel if they choose. This measures which novel has the most votes in that period of time.

收藏排行榜 (Collection ranking)

Collection ranking, pretty self explanatory. Qidian people can choose to ‘collect’ a novel – they often do this once the novels are finished. So in this ranking, you can often find the great ‘classics’ – Doulou Dalu, Coiling Dragon etc.

原创文学风云榜 (Original work trending rankings)

So….if I’m being honest, I have no idea how this ranking operates or what criteria is used to rank these novels. I would assumes it’s a mixture of critic reviews, clicks and recommendations but who knows. But this seems like one of the more important rankings so I decided to feature it. ^.^


 

 

Each of these subcategories can then be sub divided according to their genres. Lets have a look at the rankings that the vast majority of people will be interested in: Xuanhuan 玄幻 and the Xianxia  仙俠 category. Of course, these categories are general – there are many more specific subcategories that I can go into, but for the moment lets just focus on these two genres. I have put the list below and placed in bold the ones that I know are currently being translated.

 

Click Ranking – Xuanhuan – Monthly

  1. The Legend of the Dragon King ( 龙王传说)  – Tang Jia San Shao – 唐家三少
  2. Wizard God Chronicle ( 巫神纪) – 血红 – Blood Red
  3. The Greatest of the Painting domain (画界封尊) – Mr佳男 – Mr Handsome Man
  4. Murdering Heaven edge (弑天刃) – 小刀锋利 – Little Sharp Blade
  5. The nature of the world ( 天下造化) – 忘子聪 – Mang Zicong
  6. Wielding the Universe( 执掌乾坤) – 乌山云雨 – Clouds and winds over a mountain
  7. The leftover concubine from the tyrant ( 霸王留姬) – 幽清枫 – Serene wind
  8. Son of Destiny (吾乃天命之子) – 骑猪南下 – Riding a pig to the south
  9. Immortal martial saint (仙武至圣) – 大漠白龙 – White Dragon of the South
  10. Pure Yang martial god (纯阳武神) – 十步行 – Ten steps way

 

Click Ranking – Xuanhuan – All time

  1. Battle Through the Heavens ( 斗破苍穹) – 天蚕土豆   Doupo Cangqiong
  2. Wu Dong Tian Qun ( 武动乾坤) –  天蚕土豆   Doupo Cangqiong
  3. Doulou Dalu ( 斗罗大陆)- Tang Jia San Shao – 唐家三少
  4. The tomb of the Gods/ Shen Mu – ( 神墓) – Chen Dong – 辰东
  5. Law of the Devil ( 恶魔法则)  – 跳舞 Dancing
  6. Conquest ( 猎国 ) – 跳舞 Dancing
  7. Transcending the nine heavens ( 傲世九重天) – Fenglin Tianxia 风凌天下 
  8. Martial God ( 武神) – 苍天白鹤 White Goose in the sky
  9. Jiang Ye ( 将夜) – 猫腻  Mao Ni
  10. Otherwordly evil monarch ( 异世邪君 ) – Fenglin Tianxia 风凌天下 

 

Click Ranking – Xianxia – Monthly

  1.  The domain gate  (玄界之门)  – 忘语 Forgotten language
  2. One sword ascending towards immortality (一剑飞仙) 流浪的蛤蟆 – Drifting Loach
  3. Entering into the prehistoric age (猿入洪荒 ) 北斗笑 – Smile of the Big Dipper
  4. My cultivation life ( 我的修道人生) – 钓鱼1哥 – First fishing brother
  5. Immortal Emperor of ten thousand ghosts ( 万傀仙帝)  满勺油 – Full of oil
  6. I Shall Seal the Heavens (我欲封天) – Er Gen 耳根 
  7. Reliance sword killing Heaven ( 倚剑弑苍天) – 空能静 Empty stillness
  8. The Gate of Good fortune ( 造化之门) – 鹅是老五 Goose is old five 
  9. Struggle of the Great Way ( 大道争锋) 误道者 Misleader
  10. Nine refinement immortal (九炼归仙 )  博耀 – Brilliant

 

Click Ranking – Xianxia – All time

  1. A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (凡人修仙传) –  忘语 Forgotten language 
  2. Shrouded sky ( 遮天) 辰东 –  Chen Dong – 辰东
  3. Desolate Era ( 莽荒纪 ) – 我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  4. Yang God (阳神) – 梦入神机 Dreaming into the divine
  5. Stellar Transformation ( 星辰变) 我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  6. Against immortal ( 仙逆) -Er Gen 耳根 
  7. Zhu Xian ( 诛仙) – 萧鼎 Xiao Cauldron 
  8. Ascending dragon way ( 升龙道) – 血红 Blood Red
  9. Saint Hall ( 圣堂) 骷髅精灵  – Skeleton fairy
  10. I Shall Seal the Heavens ( 我欲封天)-Er Gen 耳根 

 

Recommendation Ranking – Xuanhuan – Monthly

  1. The Legend of the Dragon King ( 龙王传说)-   Tang Jia San Shao – 唐家三少
  2. Lord of Xue Xing ( 雪鹰领主)- 我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  3. Five way heaven ( 五行天 )  – 方想 Direction of thinking
  4. Wizard God Chronicle ( 巫神纪) – 血红 Blood Red
  5. The road of heaven awakening (天醒之路)- 蝴蝶蓝 – Butterfly plant
  6. Ancient battle chronicles ( 原始战记) 陈词懒调 Lazy statement
  7. The Great Ruler (大主宰)  – 天蚕土豆   Doupo Cangqiong
  8. Perfect World ( 完美世界) – Cheng Dong – 辰东
  9. The greatest of an age ( 一世之尊)爱潜水的乌贼 Bird thief that loves to dive
  10. Saint of the Confucian way ( 儒道至圣 ) 永恒之火 Eternal flame

 

Recommendation Ranking – Xuanhuan – All time

  1. Aspiration of the beauty (江山美人志) – 瑞根
  2. Battle Through the Heavens ( 斗破苍穹)-  天蚕土豆   Doupo Cangqiong
  3. The tomb of the Gods/ Shen Mu ( 神墓) – Cheng Dong – 辰东
  4. Doulou Dalu ( 斗罗大陆)- Tang Jia San Shao – 唐家三少
  5. Law of the Devil ( 恶魔法则)  –  跳舞 Dancing
  6. Perfect World ( 完美世界) – Cheng Dong – 辰东
  7. Jiang Ye ( 将夜)  猫腻 Mao Ni
  8. The Great Ruler ( 大主宰) 天蚕土豆 Doupo Cangqiong
  9. Doulou Dalu 2 : Unrivalled Tang Sect (斗罗大陆II绝世唐门 )- Tang Jia San Shao – 唐家三少
  10. World of immortals ( 长生界)  – Cheng Dong – 辰东

 

Recommendation Ranking – Xianxia – Monthly

  1. The Domain gate  (玄界之门) –  忘语 Forgotten language
  2. I Shall Seal the Heavens ( 我欲封天)-Er Gen 耳根 
  3. One sword ascending towards immortality (一剑飞仙) – 流浪的蛤蟆 – Drifting Loach
  4. The Gate of Good fortune ( 造化之门) –  鹅是老五 Goose is old five 
  5. Flying through the skies ( 飞天) – 跃千愁 Jumping thousand sorrow
  6. My cultivation life ( 我的修道人生) – 钓鱼1哥 – First fishing brother
  7. Struggle of the Great Way ( 大道争锋) – 误道者 Misleader
  8. Biography of the great saint ( 大圣传) – 说梦者 Dream Speaker
  9. Gu Daoist ( 蛊真人) – 蛊真人 Gu Daoist ( Yes, that’s the name of the author too…)
  10. Master of the Green mysterious way (青玄道主) – 中原五百 (Five Hundred in the central plains)

 

Recommendation Ranking – Xianxia – All time

  1. A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (凡人修仙传) –  忘语 Forgotten language
  2. Stellar Transformation ( 星辰变)- 我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  3. Shrouded sky ( 遮天)  – Cheng Dong – 辰东
  4. Desolate Era ( 莽荒纪)- 我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  5. I Shall Seal the Heavens ( 我欲封天)-Er Gen 耳根 
  6. Yang God (阳神) –  梦入神机 Dreaming into the divine
  7. Mo Tian Ji/ Demon’s diary ( 魔天记) – 忘语 Forgotten language
  8. Evil wind song ( 邪风曲) – 血红 Blood Red
  9. Xian Ni ( 仙逆)-Er Gen 耳根 
  10. Beseeching the devil ( 求魔)-Er Gen 耳根 

 

Original Work Trending Ranking – Xuanhuan/Qihuan – Monthly

  1. Wizard God Chronicle ( 巫神纪) – 血红 Blood Red
  2. Murdering Heaven edge (弑天刃) – 小刀锋利 – Little Sharp Blade
  3. The greatest undying martial artist ( 不死武尊) – Demonic moon night 妖月夜
  4. Five way heaven ( 五行天 ) – 方想 Direction of thinking
  5. Lord of Xue Xing ( 雪鹰领主)- 我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  6. Heaven’s domain (天域苍穹) – Fenglin Tianxia 风凌天下
  7. The greatest of an age ( 一世之尊) – 爱潜水的乌贼 Bird thief that loves to dive
  8. Perfect World ( 完美世界) – Cheng Dong – 辰东
  9. True Martial World ( 真武世界) – 蚕茧里的牛 Cocooned Cow 
  10. Pure Yang martial god (纯阳武神) – 十步行 – Ten steps way

 

Original Work Trending Ranking – Wuxia/Xianxia – Monthly

  1. The Gate of Good fortune ( 造化之门) – 鹅是老五 Goose is old five 
  2. I Shall Seal the Heavens ( 我欲封天)-Er Gen 耳根 
  3. Flying through the skies ( 飞天) –  跃千愁 Jumping thousand sorrow
  4. One sword ascending towards immortality (一剑飞仙)- Drifting Loach
  5. Sword writes the Spring ( 执剑写春秋) – 殊彦 Shu Yan
  6. My cultivation life ( 我的修道人生) – 钓鱼1哥 – First fishing brother
  7. Unrivalled immortal ( 盖世仙尊) – 王小蛮 Wang Xiaoman
  8. Biography of the great saint ( 大圣传)  – 说梦者 Dream Speaker
  9. Struggle of the Great Way ( 大道争锋) –  误道者 Misleader
  10. Gu Daoist ( 蛊真人) – Gu Daoist ( 蛊真人)

 

Collection ranking

  1. Battle Through the Heavens – ( 斗破苍穹) -天蚕土豆   Doupo Cangqiong
  2. I Shall Seal the Heavens ( 我欲封天) – Er Gen 耳根 
  3. The Great Ruler ( 大主宰)天蚕土豆   Doupo Cangqiong
  4. Coiling Dragon ( 盘龙)- 我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  5. Perfect World ( 完美世界) – Cheng Dong – 辰东
  6. Stellar Transformation ( 星辰变)-  我吃西红柿 I Eat Tomatoes
  7. Doulou Dalu ( 斗罗大陆)- Tang Jia San Shao – 唐家三少
  8. Doulou Dalu 2 : Unrivalled Tang Sect (斗罗大陆II绝世唐门 )- Tang Jia San Shao – 唐家三少
  9. A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (凡人修仙传)-  忘语 Forgotten language 
  10.  The tomb of the Gods/ Shen Mu ( 神墓)-  Cheng Dong – 辰东

 

As you can see, I did not split the collection ranking into xuanhuan and xianxia. The main reason for this is the fact that most of the novels of these categories are featured in the top 10 (number 9 and 10 are not in this genre.) The main thing to take away from these rankings is the fact that only a very small minority of novels are currently being translated.

If you didn’t see one of the novels currently translated, there are several possibilities

  • It’s not on qidian
  • It’s not in the top 10
  • It’s in a different genre

Hopefully, this article will be of interest to some people. I wrote this post in hopes of explaining the ranking system of Chinese web novel sites and also to bring attention perhaps to some series that I feel are being left out. This post only covers series published in qidian – so 17k (Martial God Asura), Zongheng (Against the Gods) are not within these rankings. If there are interest, I don’t mind writing another series on the rankings of the different novels in the other sites. If you enjoyed the post, or have something to add, please leave a comment below! 😀

32 Comments

  1. Very interesting, thanks!

  2. Quite interesting… thank you for the info 🙂

  3. i think the one you called Killing Heaven Blade (弑天刃) is being translated as Murdering Heaven Edge at chinanovel.net

  4. I’m quite sure Covering Sky is being translated as Shrouded at fungshen.wordpress.com

    • *was translated
      Oh and thanks for the list, even though i know all of the translated ones in there already XD

  5. thanks..
    Against immortal ( 仙逆) is actually translated as renegade immortal (xian ni)…

  6. thanks for new knowledge 😀

  7. I dont think Douluo Dalu the Legend of the Dragon King is being translated tho..

  8. Do you mind if I post this on Novel Updates?

  9. Wow! Thanks for the info 🙂 I actually read all the novels you’ve highlighted except for DD2, The Legend of the Dragon King, Five way heaven and Shrouded sky (because they haven’t reach the 50+ chapters mark)

  10. Do all these have translations?

  11. Hello,
    I am Amaranth an editor for Gravity Tales. My main project is conquest. Me and Tchu were looking the list we realised that Hunting country listed in rankings is Conquest. Can you add Conquest to name or change it if possible. Can you also please change it to bold chacters like other translated novels.
    Sincerely
    Amaranth

    • Aran

      February 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Sure no problem. Translated series slip from my notice, sorry about this

      • Thanks. Don’t worry about it xD I edit for a few series and everyone has diffrent way of translating the same thing so it’s actually quite funny :p

        I really love reading your TLs keep it up if you need any editor or help just contact me

  12. hey isint the writer of btth,tgr and wdqk tian can tu dou ??
    i mean Doupo Cangqiong is just chinese of battle through the heaven

    sry if i am wrong

  13. xiaoshuo wanquan kan bu dong.youmuyou?

  14. to translate, do you need permission from the original author?

  15. 作者名字的翻译好好玩w

  16. Wizard God Chronicle ( 巫神纪) – 血红 Blood Red

    This is being translated and has been for awhile. The translation uses the title “The Magus Era” http://www.novelupdates.com/series/the-magus-era/

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