Jinology (金庸學) is used to term the study of his works. Louis Cha rewrote the Chinese Wuxia genre by adding history and popular culture to a previously formulaic genre. His novels are marked by strong characterizations and plot, and are classified as the "new school (xīnpài) Wuxia", as opposed to the fanciful "old school" (jiùpài). Some of his novels used to be banned in the People's Republic of China as they were thought to be a mockery of Mao Zedong, others were banned in the Republic of China as they were thought to be in support of the Chinese Communist Party, and some were banned by both Chinese governments. The popularity of his novels is not restricted to either China, Taiwan or Hong Kong. He was also one of the writers who drafted the Hong Kong Basic Law.
1. The Book and the Sword (書劍恩仇錄) (first published on The New Evening Post in 1955) 2. Sword Stained with Royal Blood (碧血劍) (first published on Hong Kong Commercial Daily in 1956) 3. The Legend of the Condor Heroes (射鵰英雄傳) (first published on Hong Kong Commercial Daily in 1957) 4. Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐) (first installment appeared on the first issue of Ming Pao in 1959) 5. The Return of the Condor Heroes (神鵰俠侶) (1959) 6. Other Tales of the Flying Fox (飛狐外傳) (1960) 7. Swordswoman Riding West on White Horse (白馬嘯西風) (first published on Ming Pao in 1961) 8. Blade-dance of the Two Lovers (鴛鴦刀) (first published on Ming Pao in 1961) 9. Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre (倚天屠龍記) (first published on Ming Pao in 1961) 10. A Deadly Secret (連城訣) (first published on Southeast Asia Weekly 《東南亞周刊》in 1963) 11. Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (天龍八部) (1963) 12. Ode to Gallantry (俠客行) (1965) 13. The Smiling Proud Wanderer (笑傲江湖) (first published on Ming Pao in 1967) 14. The Deer and the Cauldron (鹿鼎記) (1969–1972) 15. Sword of the Yue Maiden (越女劍) (1970)