The Prisoner of Zenda has been adapted several times in the 125 years since its initial publication – on stage, as a musical, as an operetta, for radio, television, and (mainly) film. One of the more famous adaptations is the Academy Award winning 1937 film of the same name. The book even kick started its own genre, known as Ruritanian romance – adventure or romance books that take place in a fictional Central or Eastern European country. Examples include:
- The Graustark novels by George Barr McCutcheon
- The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Savrola by Winston Churchill
- On the film side, The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in the fictional nation Zubrowka
A book can have a long legacy – one that is not always immediate to others. But ideas are spread through contact – and one of the oldest ways to connect with others (besides oratory) is through literature.