And are they in-between? Or are they really just crappy manga without the pictures?
It just seems weird to me. There are better books to read but you read this because it's Japanese and has a manga character on the cover. And if you read it because it has a manga character on the cover, then it's back to the argument of why not read manga then?
At least with anime and manga I can say I like the unique visuals, animation and continuous storylines etc. as opposed to many episodic Western comics, and without having to deal with all the spandex-clad superhero crap. They offer something that isn't available anywhere else. What do light novels offer? Surely trashy and EZ-Read literature is available elsewhere.