The Novel’s Extra


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Waking up, Kim Hajin finds himself in a familiar world but an unfamiliar body.

A world he created himself and a story he wrote, yet never finished.

He had become his novel’s extra, a filler character with no importance to the story.

The only clue to escaping is to stay close to the main storyline.

However, he soon finds out the world isn’t exactly identical to his creation.

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소설 속 엑스트라
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Alucard98 rated it
November 18, 2018
Status: c160
Well this is personal, no hard feelings k?

This novel undoubtly has potential. The premise is good so do the MC, he is no retard. But along the progress of the story, it gets.. Well how should I put it, I lost my interest. Compare to first 100 chaps, 100+ get boring.

Especially on time skip, too many plot holes. MC seems sunk on his own life in his novel, busy with unimportant issue etc.. Etc.. Kinda like he is enjoying his life and forgetting about getting stronger and his main purpose.... more>> Idk, maybe bcs translation not finished yet and this part is just climax's complementer? Who knows may be something is unreveal yet?

Btw Translator was top notch, no kidding. I hardly find any difficulty when reading this novel

For now, 4 stars <<less
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Rangle rated it
October 26, 2018
Status: c144
A story about an author being thrown into a fanfiction of his own work. The premise was quite promising and the abundant misunderstanding between characters could've been hilarious. Unfortunately, like in so many fanfictions it failed in proper story development.

The story progression was utterly predictable and things happened just because the plot had to move forward. There's no consideration for story logic or character's personality. If some dramatic events needed to happen then characters will behave out of character or hold the idiot ball. Everything was at the convenience for... more>> the author at the expense of readers who were invested in the story.

I would've given the story a 2.5 just because characters interactions were quite decent at times. But since the rating system could only give a 2 or a 3, I had to rate it down. <<less
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lastletter0516 rated it
September 17, 2018
Status: c107
I wake up with excite every morning (GMT+08) because of this novel.

Good character interactions, good dialogue (not forced and sounds natural), not cringy.

Also, Evandel is the best.
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SasugaTranslation rated it
August 8, 2018
Status: c66
Great pacing and characters aren't carbon copies of each other. The protagonist is a little bit generic, but in a good way, since he is really just an average guy transported into another world. He does display the forgiveness and sympathy that would make one think he's a beta MC, but this is justified since he's the writer of the story and cares for his characters. All-in-all, best KR WN I've ever read.
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February 1, 2019
Status: c230



... more>> 2. THE STORY KEEPS GETTING INTERESTING as it progresses.



He was just portrayed as super strong due to the timing and circumstances when using his skills. Heck, people doesn't even know that he is just an inch away from fainting because of exessive mana usage. Also, his image was glorified by allies and enemies alike, either to ride the bus with him or to put him in a difficult spot.






EG. KIM something name is like cabbages in the story. I mostly get confused on who's Kim character is this Kim again? Even the MC's name has a Kim on it.

Author's naming sense is so POOR, that you might think his whole family, relatives, neighbors, and even their cat's name, has a KIM on it.

Like Kim Meowmeow or something.

PS: (i can't stop posting these words/phrases)

- IceKIM

-KIM on, hurry up!

-Where do you KIM from?







Muhaha. Peace Mr/Ms Author, Editor, and Translator

2. MC likes to KEEP PROBLEMS to HIMSELF. Which at some point gets annoying. It's not like he has STD. He's like walking in the path of MARTYRDOM which im not quite fond of.

3. A Heroine potential "Chae Nayun" is like my Ex. GF. Selfish and annoying. Well, I think she developed into this kind of character because the MC kept the truth to himself. What a letdown. This is 4* for me, sadly my hand slipped and pressed 5*, tsk! <<less
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novelreader123 rated it
January 16, 2019
Status: --
TNE is definitely the best story on wuxiaworld right now. The concept of transmigration is done in a very interesting way, the protagonist being the "creator" of the world he is in. The characters are well designed and the character interactions are great (imo the best part of the story). The fighting scenes and abilities have high potential but is pretty lackluster because it's not the central theme of the novel. For the korean drama lovers, this is their novel because the main focus is not on the fights/abilities but... more>> on the drama, character's past, ships and all the misunderstandings LOL. Honestly, the only korean novel with amazing fight scenes is The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor.

I do have one big flaw with this novel which is that it isn't well paced. Like someone else said, after the first 100 chapters with the school arc, the author just seems to be rushing. I don't like it. When kim hajin left the academy to join the Chameleon Troupe, that was a great opportunity to develop his abilities, create motivation for his friends and flesh out characters. The story could've alternated between the perspective of kim hajin in life threatening situations as a mercenary, and his friends still in the academy, showing the gap getting bigger. Honestly, the author had no right to use a 3 year time skip. One piece (manga) went 100s of chapters after all the characters were fleshed out before using the time skip to grow stronger. This is unacceptable and is what prevents TNE from being a masterpiece.


btw, Evandel is by far the best character in the story. Her cuteness level over 9000 <<less
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zouave rated it
November 15, 2018
Status: c176
It's a decent read, not bad but not great either. It does have decent plot and no plot holes that sticks out when reading. Basically, it's worth the time spend reading.
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Renaxan rated it
October 4, 2018
Status: c124
Story about author of novel that get into his own novel world, instead become main character, he just become kind of side character.

MC are not pushover, not revenger, or not righteous character. He just want to make sure the storyline fine to end. He use advantage of his knowledge of novel world to make him rich and everything fine, altho its not like the novel came to as he like predicted anyway (its seems the novel rewritten). And lastly, he is not OP but reasonable strong.

Talk about character, they are... more>> has detail and attitude, so its superb. They had feeling too like afraid, doubt, anger, envy, development etc. One things, they also felt doubt about MC power. Something thats really rare to find other character care about MC power lmao.

About pace, its good altho sometimes its jump out (like he's promised next week, and the next chapter in next week) but by any mean im not say its bad. Plot, altho MC created the world he cant really predict it which is somehow felt original and unique. World building, clearly detailed describe so far for me, I had no complaint.

Overall its very enjoyable that I have fun to read so far. 5/5 no doubt for me.

Maybe im gonna edit this in future. <<less
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Tornadokick rated it
September 25, 2018
Status: c117
I'm not used to write reviews because I'm not that good at writing english but I will try my best there because this is probably the best novel i've ever read. I will not write spoilers and I will be as generic as possible.

Plot: 5/5

the story is fantastic. Perhaps this type of novel has already been seen often, but I can assure you that the way it is written will leave you absolutely satisfied. I've been reading novel for about 3 years assiduously and it's the first time since so... more>> long that I'm so enraptured by the plot to the point of updating the page of the last chapter as I used to do a few years ago ;D.

characters: 6/5

this is probably the best point of the novel

I can not use another word that alive to describe the characters in this story. Each character has his own emotions and his own growth, and the romantic relationships that we often find hasty and senseless in other stories, here they are developed in the best possible way, as the girls have their own considerations and do not fall immediately at the feet of the protagonist but their relationship is built with time and often does not go the way one expects.

if there is a point that I found in other reviews on which I do not agree is the behavior of the protagonist (kim hajin).

I often read reviews in which he is criticized because he is not efficient in his actions or is not the behavior that he should have taken in that particular situation, but in my opinion we must also think about the emotions that someone can experience in such a situation and it is easy for the reader to be able to indicate the best way to deal with a situation when we have an external point of view. Maybe it's true that the growth of the protagonist is slower than the other characters but I think this point will be resolved in the future based on the direction that the story is taking.

Writing: No comment about that cause I should read the story in Korean to give a satisfactory review but I am not able at the moment :P

world building: 4/5

nothing special in this field because the story is set in a futuristic korea that we have already seen in other stories of this kind where there are dungeons and other elements typical of the virtual world. He does his job.

Final considerations: 5/5

why are not you already reading the novel?

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Tycheri rated it
July 22, 2018
Status: c26
It's not good. The MC is ridiculously overpowered on the onset. His knowledge of the world as its co-creator, his insane luck stat, and his ability to literally create or augment anything to fit his desired goal as long as he has enough points for it, which he obtains from being out of the ordinary or causing a scene. He's basically a god. And what's worse is that the writer wastes so much time giving him more op abilities because of his luck stat or because the story continues, basically... more>> for no reason at all.

Some people might argue that since he's only the co-creator that the MC still might meet something unexpected/challenging. Hasn't happened yet and I doubt it ever will with all of his cheat abilities.

There are two types of characters, those who hate the MC and those who love the MC. The reason people love the MC is because of his cheat abilities and the reason people hate the MC is because they are idiots within the context of the story or because of a misunderstanding.


He wants a weapon? Uses his knowledge of the world as the co-creator. He wants a character to like him? He uses his knowledge of the world as the co-creator to know what that character secretly likes. He wants to relieve fatigue? Augments a drink to literally do that. He wants to one shot kill a stronger than anyone else monster? Creates a bullet that does it. He wants his other stats to increase faster as well as get new abilities? His luck stat. Boooring.


Why do so many people like this?! It's not good! It's just another op guy gets whatever he wants. If it were purely a comedy then I might give this a four, but it wastes so much time pretending that the MC absolutely needs to get stronger to face the imminent threats. Or pretending that the characters have any level of depth. <<less
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NirvanaStarfire rated it
July 11, 2018
Status: c77
I'm gonna keep this short since their are plenty other reviews for this novel. This is a great novel with an interesting and uncommon plot. While the typical transmigration novel can get kinda annoying, this one has managed to keep my interest as I find myself constantly waiting for the next release. Editing and release are exceptional and I hope this novel doesn't slow down any time soon!

Edit: C77 The novel got even better!
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iyok rated it
January 19, 2019
Status: c54
It's enjoyable, but I found myself could not like any character in the story at all, including the novel's MC or the MC of TNE himself. They are all annoying. TNE's MC isn't too OP, I liked that he had to trian and stuffs, but instead of having to struggle in fights the fight turned easier for him.
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caerulex rated it
January 7, 2019
Status: c207
This is absolutely one of the best webnovels/serials I have ever read. I have read Coiling Dragon, Desolate Era, I Shall Seal The Heavens, A Will Eternal, and many others I have dropped because they didn't suit my tastes.

This novel is quite different from all of them.

It's different in an amazing way: the characters feel incredibly relevant and alive. There is fantastic storytelling and the MC, as well as the supporting cast, are fleshed out in an unprecedented fashion. All characters seem relevant and a name you see mentioned briefly... more>> may very well come back again. There is a lot of high-quality (almost soap-opera grade) drama that is also very well-done.

I initially hesitated to read this because I didn't like the novel's premise (author sent into his own unfinished book). When I did start it (because of the glowing reviews), I felt like the first chapter or so was slow; however, as soon as Kim Hajin (the MC) syncs with his laptop (which happens almost at the very beginning, so no spoiler), the action starts and doesn't stop.

I'd recommend this book to people who love books with a central OP protagonist, especially since Kim Hajin has a greater purpose (making sure his novel ends well and escaping it) vs just getting stronger for the sake of strength alone (like many cultivation novels). <<less
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advena rated it
November 25, 2018
Status: c204
Yes, this novel does include a lot of tropes that have been done over and over, but because the story feels quite unique I don't mind it. After spending weeks reading the first few chapters of dozens of novels, this is the only one that I have found in a long time that holds my interest. The author does a very good job of giving you things to look forward to and hypothesize about.

This novel does have the trope of the main character being transported into a world that he... more>> knows just about everything about, but this is merely the back drop for the story to take place. In other novels this can make the story become stale very quickly, but because it never easily solves the conflicts it is still interesting. <<less
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Viridius rated it
November 1, 2018
Status: c152
The Novel's Extra is, at a first glance, a typical 'real life person gets reincarnated as a side character in a novel but wow whats this its a cheat that puts life on easy mode', and at second it is too. However, upon closer inspection, it develops into a story not far off from works of authors such as Brandon Sanderson or Neil Gaiman (Though, I would claim, nowhere near exceeding). As the story progresses, a flat and stereotypical novel cast (as written by the main character) starts to demonstrate... more>> remarkable development and show realistic personalities while a generic world is charted out to be much more than it seems.

Unlike far too many other novels with game elements (including this author's previous work), The Novel's Extra does not mistake character development for "strengthening". While there may be a good amount of attention put on the "system", the main focal point is the characters. This novel has phenomenal characters who all seem like real people. They laugh, they cry, they have moments of valor and moments of weakness. As the novel goes on, each character is further fleshed out. They change at a pace so fast and realistically that I can liken it to watching infants grow up. Before one realizes, the characters become more than just lines of text but rather real personas (I actually had this experience myself. I was subconsciously lumping this in with other novels of similar plot, until in one particularly tense scene that was heavily built up. I realized my palms were sweating and my heart was beating at an elevated rate, somewhat comically).

The world-building for The Novel's Extra is, while not particularly outstanding, still good. The first 100 chapters or so mainly occur within the academy, so there's not much to say there. During the (mis?) adventures they have while doing school activities, a bits of information are gleaned about the outside world, so when the focus is shifted away from the academy it's not too bad. However, while the information about the world may be relatively abundant, it's still seems very incomplete. The main problem is that Kim Hajin (the MC) is the author of the book, but we are given relatively little information about so many things. This makes things that pop up seem somewhat random. The story is well enough premeditated that all information fits relatively well, but it's still not executed as well as it could have been.

Finally, the plot. Kim Hajin's goal is, not uniquely, "keep the story on track", but various complications (Such as the person who sent him into the book changing the details in minute but relevant ways) shift a large amount of the attention off of the "real" main character and onto him. At some point, rather realistically, he stops trying to keep the story on track but instead expediting the growth of the characters with potential. His unusual amount of attention devoted to the original dramatis personae leads to various comedic misunderstandings, making the early chapters lighthearted. However, this does not continue for long, as the threat of the devils forces Hajin into the underworld. The story quickly takes a turn for the darker (though still incorporating some jocular elements) as he grapples with the psychological implications of killing novel characters who seem all too real for the sake of the greater good. The plot is riveting, immersive, and extremely interesting, making me anticipate each chapter with great eagerness. However, it is not without its flaws. The most obvious perhaps are the inherent fallacies of game elements in general. His "system" offers various options that seem too much like a Deus Ex Machina. The lack of a skills system is a step up from others, but his ability to create "Gifts" practically replaces it. He also has some plot armor. This novel attributes it to his insane luck statistic, which he raised using his points before that was banned (Apparently there's some guy who watches over Kim Hajin to make sure he's not stupidly powerful). This allows him to cheese his way into making ridiculous powers and items for himself. Though these do not cause an imbalance within the story, it's not ideal either.

Overall, The Novel's Extra is a breath of fresh air compared to the all-too-common 'reincarnated into a novel' books. Though it really only starts to pick up in the hundreds, the relatively jovial early chapters are extremely enjoyable. As the novel progresses, superb characters along with a great plot and good world-building spin a well-made tale of epic proportions. <<less
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purplyderp rated it
September 1, 2018
Status: c90
The best thing about this novel is its solid writing style and gripping execution that leaves you always wanting more, and its good cast of characters set up in a way that leads to humorous and satisfying interactions. The female leads don't fall for him instantly, leading to a more satisfying progression, for example, and the MC's obliviousness is more hilarious than facepalm-inducing.

The main thing that sets the protagonist apart from other characters is that his own abilities operate outside the system that the world has setup, which results in... more>> him being consistently misunderstood by characters who can only think in terms of that system. In essence, he gains powers that operate on limited uses/have an intrinsic costs - His base power is low but he can reach high peaks, whereas others have no peaks but a high base power. To compare, it's like he's a wizard with spell slots stuck in a world with only fighters.

And that's the "conceit" that drives the novel - that he is consistently less powerful than the "main characters, " thus skirting the trope of the protagonist with massively unfair abilities, but he always manages to pull just enough power out of his nether regions to save the day.

As for criticisms: It consistently pretends, both narratively and in-story, that the main character is much weaker than he really is, which seems unrealistic given the feats he's accomplished. The MC often feels too flexible in the scope of his abilities, which makes his solutions feel hackneyed rather than ingenious. Finally, it doesn't seem like there's necessarily an end in sight: we know that a 10 year timeskip occurs, but not what heralds it, which sets an extremely broad scope for the novel to possibly cover. We also have no indication of how the MC might escape his predicament, meaning that things will likely continue on as they are for a good while.

Definitely a good, exciting read, especially if you like isekai/transmigration and are looking for something original and well-written. <<less
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LeeEzekiel rated it
August 29, 2018
Status: c88
Relationship comedy drama at it's finest. This is one of the few novels where misunderstandings are hilarious and entertaining rather than infuriating. It's enough for me to overlook the novel's flaws, such as the MC's cheats being a literal Deus ex Machina on demand.
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Darkzeta rated it
August 21, 2018
Status: c80
If you liked the other web fiction: Worth the Candle, google it. You would probably like this.

I rated it 5 stars.


  1. Character is OP in knowledge. Since he created this world. BUT... the wrinkle is someone else is also rewriting parts of it to make it 'better' and more 'enjoyable'. haha. Kind of like readers try to tell web writers where to go in their stories. LOL. Good stuff. So sure, our OP MC does have a cheat, but it's not totally world breaking. No more than Superman or Saitama.
  2. The supporting and other characters that should be MC but aren't since our MC is there, do have details that make them live. They have complaints, have issues and drama and some are just plain annoying enough that I wouldn't want to hang out with them in real life if I could avoid them. So kudos to nearly Oscar winning supporting roles.
  3. World building is very nice. It's like our world, but maybe a few decades later. And the science and magic is blended well enough that I can almost believe it works.
  4. Entertaining balance of action, drama and mystery between the MC and the world he mainly created. It's fascinating to watch someone be surprised by how things turn out from a few sentences on a screen.
good read. check it out!
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Nahllo rated it
August 8, 2018
Status: c66
A really promising novel by an author I didn't know before, I'll be sure to read every single one of his works from now on. That's how amazing this novel is. It justs keeps pushing you to read the next chapter because it's really well written and "attractive" if I can say that about a novel (lol). Oh and excuse my poor English, I'm not from a country where you're supposed to know how to speak English.

Hope this will encourage you to start reading this novel if you haven't yet.... more>> As for me... I'll just wait for the next chapter eagerly T_T <<less
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Sinai rated it
August 6, 2018
Status: c64
New favorite novel. I devoured the current 64 chapters in one night. It's a pretty standard setting of an author sucked into the world he's written and going from weak-to-strong with the help of a system, but novels like this remind me that tropes don't feel tired as long as they're well-written with quality characters that feel like they have their own motivations and personalities.

The novel is lacking a few things, such as competent villains, but the large and diverse cast of students, adults scouting them out to be future... more>> Heroes, and various underground organizations of varying shadiness make that easy to ignore.

Despite being massively overpowered and generally acknowledged as such by other characters, competent foreshadowing and fairly intelligent decisions by him make it feel like he's earning his powerups rather than them being just given them on a silver platter. It helps a lot that he actually seems to be a lot more powerful than he is just because his skillset and cheat break the rules of the world, and he uses his powerset reasonably intelligently. In a lot of ways, his system is completely broken in that it can do virtually anything - his cheat/system is Author Power in being able to rewrite the world, but it basically takes experience points to do so, and actually it's pretty clever that that's his power since he's, well, the author of the world. There are some iffy power scales going on, especially those of the bad guys who for some reason never send evil monsters/humans strong enough to wipe the floor with the MC even though it's clear that a great many adult Heroes are much stronger than the MC.

The MC is steadily building up a harem of three main girls, and for better or worse, a great deal of the novel is spent detailing their reactions to his feats. The MC's insistence is that he wants to keep all his main characters alive, but since there's never a POV of any of the male secondary characters it ends up just feeling like a harem story.

Overall, the whole thing is just a delight to read and a real page-turner. <<less
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