Some Key Differences Between the Princess Diaries Books and Movie
This list pertains to the books and the first movie. Don't even get me started on the second movie where she marries someone who ISN'T Michael Moscovitz. That's just absurd.
- •Mia's hair colorMia is blonde in the books, but brunette in the movies.
- •SettingThe books take place in New York! The movie takes place in San Francisco
- •GrandmèreIn the books, the dowager princess is a manipulative, sometimes cruel, snooty, borderline alcoholic. In the movie, she is Julie Andrews, and goes by Grandma.
- •Daddy issuesIn the books, Mia's father has testicular cancer, but is alive. In the movie, his death is, more or less, the inciting incident.
- •NameIn the book, Mia's full name is Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo. In the movie, her royal last name is Renaldi.
- •Mia's friendsIn the books, Mia has a wide and diverse group of girlfriends. In the movie, she just has Lilly.