Existential Novels

Existential Novels
Novels that: (1) explore values and social constructs, (2) have a character that explores/questions their identity or existence, and/or (3) makes you, the reader, question your own existence.

Each novel is (roughly) ranked by how much it fits the above description, as well as a bit of a personal preference bias.

For some novels, the "existential" aspect may not be obvious in the beginning, but will make itself clear as the novel progresses.

Most novels listed are completed.
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Created: Aug 22nd, 2019, Updated: Oct 19th, 2019
Created Aug 22nd, 2019
Updated Oct 19th, 2019
JP (4.5)
4 Chapters Every 2.8 Day(s) 655 Readers 5 Reviews 12-06-2014
A really, really amazing novel. The premise may seem a bit bizarre, maybe comical, maybe even a romcom with a bit of gore, but at... more>>
JP (3.5)
7 Chapters Every 10.9 Day(s) 112 Readers 0 Reviews 08-22-2011
This novel is so good but it will f*** you up so bad. It's very heavy with emotions, addressing the topics of depression and suicide.
CN (4.6)
172 Chapters Every 0.7 Day(s) 5906 Readers 132 Reviews 01-16-2019
Undoubtedly my favorite novel of all time, mainly because so many of the philosophies in this novel rang with me. Though it's heavily centered on... more>>
JP (4.2)
76 Chapters Every 0.6 Day(s) 3376 Readers 33 Reviews 05-26-2017
Might seem a bit comical and nonsensical at first, but after the plot twist hits you, it gets a lot more complex, and you might... more>>
JP (4.5)
8 Chapters Every 37.5 Day(s) 1701 Readers 5 Reviews 03-27-2016
This novel is short and sweet, but so humanizing.
JP (4.7)
12 Chapters Every 2.4 Day(s) 1906 Readers 11 Reviews 04-17-2011
This one is short and cute in its own way. Don't be too scared off by the beginning; this isn't a gory novel, or a... more>>
JP (4.1)
96 Chapters Every 21.6 Day(s) 7718 Readers 48 Reviews 04-01-2017
Another novel that seems like a typical revenge novel in a European-inspired fantasy setting, but it's one that may not have the ending you thought... more>>
JP (4.3)
244 Chapters Every 34.3 Day(s) 10948 Readers 77 Reviews 08-24-2019
For a synopsis that seems to fit in with a typical cliche otome-game villainess novel trope, it really hits you hard in the first few... more>>
JP (4.5)
75 Chapters Every 60 Day(s) 11171 Readers 89 Reviews 02-18-2018
This is again one of those novels that seem like a typical reincarnation into a European-inspired fantasy world, but is anything but. It's not as... more>>
JP (4.8)
38 Chapters Every 23.1 Day(s) 7087 Readers 66 Reviews 03-09-2017
The protagonist of this novel is pretty badass and really doesn't give a sh*t about life. I haven't finished reading the entire novel, but from... more>>
CN (4.6)
54 Chapters Every 3.3 Day(s) 4489 Readers 52 Reviews 09-20-2018
The "existential" aspect may not be as obvious, but to me this novel is about accepting that not all of life has to simply be... more>>
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