The popular movie "The Princess Diaries" starring Anne Hathaway as Princess Mia is actually based off of a book series by Meg Cabot. While the character Mia is very similar, personality wise, in both the series and the movie, the overall story is quite different. While the basics of the plot (girl-finds-out-she-is-a-princess-but-didn't-know-she-was) is the same, the conditions the story develops under differ greatly. First, the book is set in New York City, while the movie takes place in San Francisco. Second, Mia is 14 in the books when she first finds out the truth about her title, and in the movie she is 16, and learning to drive. She is also a small, flat-chested blonde in the books, but doesn't match this appearance in the movie. Two huge character differences cause major changes in the plot. First, Mia's grandmother, played by Julie Andrews in the movie, is actually cross, a smoker, a bit of mean-spirit and absolutely hates being called grandmother in the book. Julie Andrews is refined, elegant and more: she seems like a queen. The second character that greatly differs is her father: in the books, he is alive. In the movie, he is dead. Big difference, right?! Overall, the details of the story are the same. But the change in the grandmother really changes the tone of the whole story for me. The book is characterized by her brashness, her distinct energy and the way that plays into Mia's change into a Princess. In the movie, she is kind and refined, which makes the process, overall, much different. Another big difference is that there the movie has a sequel. This sequel is completely a product of Hollywood: there is no mention of any events like those in the series! Check out some of the books covers, and the movie trailer above! Have you seen the book and read the movie? Which did you prefer?