Essay:Greatest Conservative Novels

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Conservative novels exist, and some are immensely influential. Here is our growing list. Please add to it. Be sure to edit or add summaries to any of the books mentioned if you know any.

Title Author Summary Genre Year Published
Animal Farm George Orwell One of the classic books by Orwell, it tells the story of a farm run by socialist animals. The animals rebel against its owners and set up a new farm under socialistic ideas. Although it seems to be more pro-socialist, as the book goes on it begins to show the dangers and corruptness that arises through communism. Its based on the beginning of the Soviet Revolution, and every character represents either a prominent Soviet leader or a group of Russian citizens (Such as the elderly or workers). Political Satire 1945
1984 / Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell Another classic book by Orwell, it focuses on a civilian living in a Socialist world. The earth is split into 3 Nations : Oceania (The Americas, Australia, South Africa, and England), Euraisa (All of Europe and Russia), and Eastasia (Japan, China, and other parts of South Asia). All 3 nations fight over the left over areas, like North Africa and the Middle East, which result in endless casualties. There is constant editing of history. People, places, and things are constantly erased or changed or added (Similar to the acts of the Soviet Union. Words and thoughts are censored and use of them result in torture and death. Dystopian 1949
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky The book is about keeping your traditional values, such as love in God, in a quickly changing world. Philosophical Fiction 1880
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky A man must argue against his morality in this novel. The main character, a poor school drop-out, murders a corrupt pawnbroker and takes her cash. Although he knows murder and robbery is wrong, he uses the stolen cash to do good and help people. This is similar to the tale of Robin Hood, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Philosophical Fiction 1886
Advise and Consent Allen Drury Political Fiction 1959
The First Circle Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The book follows "Zeks" , a group of intelligent scientists living in Soviet gulags forced to work for the Soviet Government ; they're forced to help improve a government that causes to much pain and suffering. The novel is about the moral struggle between keeping yourself alive and causing someone else more pain in the future or doing the right thing. Autobiographical Fiction 1968
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Robert Heinlein Set in a Lunar Colony created as a prison on the Moon in the year 2075, Heinlein tells the story of the revolution by the Moon colony and it's criminal population against the authoritarian Earth (Similar to a Soviet Gulag revolting against the USSR). The novel seems to lean towards Libertarian beliefs. Science Fiction 1966
Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien With about 150 Million copies sold, this book is said to be the best-selling novel of all time. The book touches on themes of corruptness through absolute power, Fate VS Free Will, and Death. Fantasy 1954-1955
The Man Who Was Thursday G.K. Chesterton This book follows an English detective recruited to an Anti-Anarchist branch of Scotland Yard. Fantasy 1908
Darkness at Noon Arthur Koestler The book is set in the year 1938 in the now Communist Russia. The main character, Nicholas Rubashov, stands trial during one of Josef Stalin's infamous Purges. A former Bolshevik leader, he is tried for treason against the nation he helped to change. Although the novel is based on true events, Koestler doesn't use names like "Stalin" or "The Soviet Union". The novel is about the dangers of communism, similar to "Animal Farm" , and tries to show the reader how corrupt the Soviet system is. Dystopian 1940
The Camp of the Saints Jean Raspail Back on the Bestseller list, Le Camp Des Saints is a book that could be applied to modern day. Its about citizens from a third world country that mass immigrate to Europe and America and absolutely destroy the Western culture. The book has "Rouge States" , Countries that refuse to give in to pressure from others to accept immigrants. It can be applied to modern day with Muslims. Muslims come into countries (Germany, England, ECT.) and rape their once great culture and turn it into the hell that was their home countries. Speculative Fiction 1973
State of Fear Michael Crichton Crichton's novel revolves around a terrorism plot by "Eco-Terrorists" to raise attention on Global Warming / Global Cooling / Climate Change / Climate Disruption / Carbon Pollution. Even though the book is a work of dystopian fiction, it tries to get readers to think about both sides of the global warming debate. Critics and readers say this ruin the book's story. Dystopian 2004
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane About redemption, this book is about a Union Army Private during the United States Civil War. During a battle, he fled from the skirmish. Overcome by shame, he decides that he could redeem himself if he takes a bullet for his cause. Fiction 1895
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi Graphic novel about a teen girl in Iran at the time of the 1979 Iranian Revolution who secretly gains a liking for Western culture and realises how corrupt her country's new Islamic extremist government is. The book portrays American values positively and the authoritarian regime of Iran negatively. Fiction 1980
Nuremberg: The Reckoning William F. Buckley, Jr. Set during the 1945 Nazi War Crime trials in Nuremberg, Germany, a young German-American interpreter must listen and translate stories of the Nazi Party's brutal treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. Being of German descent, he must deal with the shame he now has from his home country's acts. Historical Fiction 2003
Gilead Marilynne Robinson Gilead is the autobiography of a fictional dying pastor from Iowa who writes about his life for his young son to read. The son, who wont have many memories of his father, develops a love for God and family through this diary-like book from his father. Fiction 2004
Rainbow Six Tom Clancy About a counter-terrorist unit in several nations, it focuses on the unit as they deal with terrorist plots worldwide, similar to the G.I. Joe team but worldwide. The concept was so popular it has spawned a video game series, starting in 1998 and still continuing today, giving teenage gamers good morals. Techno-Thriller 1998
Red Storm Rising Tom Clancy This book focuses on a Third World War between the forces of NATO And those of the Warsaw Pact. Surprisingly, the war never escalated to the point where nuclear warheads were used, but conventional guns and vehicles were used instead. Techno-Thriller 1986
The Bridges at Toko-Ri James Michener About US Navy pilots during the Korean war, they must destroy bridges in enemy territory used by the Koreans to send supplies and soldiers to the front. The story was so popular it eventually spawned a movie of the same name in 1954. Fiction 1953
The Thin Red Line James Jones War Story 1962
Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero Henryk Sienkiewicz Historical Fiction 1895
The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth Spy Fiction 1971
Master and Commander Patrick O'Brian Historical Fiction 1969
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky Philosophical Fiction 1868
The Overton Window Glenn Beck Fiction 2010
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand Philosophical Fiction 1943
Little Women Louisa May Alcott Bildungsroman 1868
One Second After William R. Forstchen Speculative Fiction 2009
The Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis Satire 1942
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis Four children cross over from a wardrobe to a fantasy world called Narnia, where the heroic lion Aslan prepares a great battle against the White Witch, who wants to keep Narnia in an eternal winter. Contains many Christian allegories. Fantasy 1984
Dracula Bram Stoker Abraham van Helsing is a Christian vampire slayer who does what he believes is right. Horror Fiction 1897
Frankenstein Mary Shelley Warns about the dangers and consequences of playing God. Horror Fiction 1818
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer It's about a pilgrimage, or quest for Christianity from the Christians' standpoint. Anthology 1478
Beowulf Anonymous Depicts the ever going battle between good and evil with Christianity being the good. Poetry 700-1000 A.D.
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling A boy named Mowgli is found orphaned in the Indian jungle and is raised by a pack of wolves, with Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear as his teachers. He also faces down Shere Khan, a crippled tiger who wants to kill Mowgli after killing his parents. The book promotes friendship and family values, and misanthropy is frowned down upon. Children's Literature 1894
Maus Art Spiegelman Portrays the sheer disgustingness of the Nazis from the viewpoint of a Holocaust survivor. Autobiography/Biography 1980
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell Celebrates man-and-woman relationships as well as a strong heroic woman who is the antithesis of a modern feminist. Historical Fiction 1936
Winnie the Pooh series A.A. Milne A classic children's book series with pro-friendship values messages. Children's Literature 1924-1928
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens A classic Christmas story about how Ebenezer Scrooge decides to give up his miserly ways and shows the dangers of hating Christmas in the end. Novella 1843
The Railway Series Rev. W. Awdry (1945–1946, 1948–1970, 1972) Christopher Awdry (1983–1996, 2007, 2011) Promotes friendship values and many of the anthropomorphic trains overcome hardships. Children's Literature 1945–1946, 1948–1970, 1972, 1983–1996, 2007, 2011
Of Sound Mind Jean Farris It's about overcoming hardships as a high school senior named Theo is the only hearing member of an all deaf family. It also promotes friendship and family values. Realistic Fiction 2001
Painting the Black Carl Deuker For the majority of this book, it promotes friendship values between a baseball playing high school senior named Ryan Ward and his best friend named Josh Daniels, who plays both football and baseball. After Josh grabs a girl by the bra at lunch, has a mocking article in the school newspaper, and attempts to sexually assault the girl who wrote it as revenge, Ryan doesn't want to rat him out but eventually does. The ending has a message about overcoming such hardships. The book can also be seen to show the dangers and consequences of anger. Realistic Fiction/Sports Fiction 1997
The Divine Comedy Dante Describes the dangers of wrongdoing, which could have you end up in the infamous Inferno (Hell) and the virtues of doing the right thing, which could have you end up in Heaven. It also talks about Purgatory. Epic Poetry 1320
Ferdinand the Bull Munro Leaf This book is about a bull named Ferdinand who lives in Spain and sniffs flowers instead of fighting a matador in a bullring. It also inspired conservative leader Martin Luther King. Children's Literature 1936
Watership Down Richard Adams This book tells of a band of British rabbits led by two brothers, clever leader Hazel and prophetic Fiver, as they journey to a new home when their old home is bulldozed. The book promotes upholding traditions, though the rabbits are not afraid to break tradition once in a while to make their new home (for example, females do most of the digging for their babies, but the males that made it through the journey decide to dig in their place), thus showing conservatism as being more traditional and slowly being progressive. Totalitarian rule is condemned in the form of the book's villain: General Woundwort, who rules Efrefa with an iron paw; he keeps his rabbits in seclusion in Efrefa to the point of them overcrowding and allows his council to rip the ears of another rabbit named Blackavar for trying to escape. Courage, loyalty, and fighting for one's home are shown in a positive light, an example being Bigwig (a friend of Hazel's and an officer in the "Owsla") helping his friends defend their new home and fighting Woundwort himself.

An animated movie based on the book premiered in 1978, as well as an animated TV series in 1999 and a CGI Netflix miniseries in 2018.

Fantasy 1972

Debatable whether Conservative

Title Author Summary Genre Year Published
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Jeff Kinney Although these books are silly and don't necessarily portray friendship and family values in the most positive light, the main character, Greg Heffley and his family are Christians. Some of these books also have brief anti-public school and anti-environmentalist messages as well. Even though Greg Heffley can be a jerk sometimes, in some books, he overcomes certain hardships. Comedy 2007-2017
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald It's about living the American dream, but its stances on gambling seems to be rather mixed to positive. Historical Fiction 1925
Hoot Carl Hiaasen While it seems to be rather pro-environmentalism and anti-capitalism, it still shows three teenaged kids standing up for what they believe in, doing what they believe is right, and even standing up to a bully. Realistic Fiction 2002
The Lorax Dr. Seuss While it has an environmentalist agenda, it also warns against monopolies. Children's Literature 1971
Bambi Felix Salten Even though it's anti-hunting, it still promotes friendship and family values. Children's Literature 1923
Warriors Erin Hunter Warriors is a book series (with seven six-book arcs, eleven stand-alone books, manga series, field guides, and novellas) about four Clans of feral cats living together and fighting for survival. The series starts out pretty neutral, one example being first arc main character Rusty/Firestar questioning why the Clans don't just become one big Clan before ultimately respecting Clan traditions. The earlier books also say that even if the Clans are staying separate, they can still come together to fight whatever threatens all the Clans, including Scourge and his BloodClan cats as well as the Dark Forest (the cat version of hell). Family is portrayed positively in Firestar agreeing to adopt his sister's firstborn kitten Cloudtail so that he can be a warrior like him.

However, it's become more liberal in later books, encouraging more open borders (as RiverClan leader Mistystar is seen as senile for closing her Clan's borders and looking after her own cats first) and moral relativism. It also portrays StarClan (the cat version of heaven) as manipulative fools when they previously stated that they only watched over the Clans and guide them every now and then. Anarchy is seen as good in the form of Needletail, who refuses to take responsibility for helping the sixth arc's villain, Darktail, take control of ShadowClan due to resentment towards their leader Rowanstar. Finally, the more conservative cats are portrayed as paranoid, archaic, and narrow-minded while the more liberal cats are portrayed as heroic.

Fantasy 2003-present

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