History Literature / ThePrisonerOfZenda

28th Apr '16 8:20:08 AM Specialist290
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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyll (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyll (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history. It's essentially the [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austro-Hungarian Empire]] with the serial numbers filed off.
22nd Apr '16 7:18:47 PM Divra
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* {{Ruritania}}

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* {{Ruritania}}{{Ruritania}}: The TropeNamer, with a few splashes of UnbuiltTrope (See Unbuilt Trope below)
15th Feb '16 10:42:59 PM PaulA
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* HighDiveEscape: Former TropeNamer: Rupert dives into the moat to escape from Zenda, though Rudolf pursues him into the forest. Rupert's final escape comes when he steals a horse from a passing peasant girl.

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* HighDiveEscape: Former TropeNamer: Rupert dives into the moat to escape from Zenda, though Rudolf pursues him into the forest. Rupert's final escape comes when he steals a horse from a passing peasant girl.



* {{Ruritania}}: The TropeNamer.

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* {{Ruritania}}: The TropeNamer.{{Ruritania}}
15th Feb '16 10:41:09 PM PaulA
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* AffablyEvil, EnigmaticMinion, ReliableTraitor, MagnificentBastard and TheStarscream: All good descriptors of Rupert of Hentzau.

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* AffablyEvil, EnigmaticMinion, ReliableTraitor, MagnificentBastard and TheStarscream: All good descriptors of AffablyEvil: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* EnigmaticMinion: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* MagnificentBastard: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* ReliableTraitor: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* TheStarscream: Rupert of Hentzau.
15th Feb '16 11:42:48 AM jamespolk
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* PragmaticAdaptation: The 1937 Ronald Colman [[Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda film version]] is generally considered to be the best of the cinematic versions and one of the best [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbucklers]] ever made, though it changes some details, as in introducing Hentzau near the beginning and making Flavia a blonde. It launched the career of DavidNiven (von Tarlenheim) and proved that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Hentzau) could play a convincing villain.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The 1937 Ronald Colman Creator/RonaldColman [[Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda film version]] is generally considered to be the best of the cinematic versions and one of the best [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbucklers]] ever made, though it changes some details, as in introducing Hentzau near the beginning and making Flavia a blonde. It launched the career of DavidNiven Creator/DavidNiven (von Tarlenheim) and proved that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Hentzau) could play a convincing villain.
25th Nov '15 4:38:34 PM Divra
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a double subversion. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if not in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would be enough to sate his ambition (it wasn't).

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a double subversion. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if not in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy freshly created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would be enough to sate his ambition (it wasn't).
23rd Nov '15 4:09:47 PM Divra
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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyl (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyl Rassendyll (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.history.
** The early imitation Ruritanias also tended to be pretty idyllic places, whereas Stephenson's Ruritania is not. Socio-economic divides are huge, banditry is rife, the king is not particularly competent and so impopular he needs to marry a well-liked noblewoman to gain popularity by proxy, but still an absolute monarch, and infighting in the royal family has pushed the nation to the brink of civil war.
7th Oct '15 9:38:36 AM RossN
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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyl (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.
2nd Oct '15 1:21:50 PM DracMonster
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* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' features an opera adaptation, which is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.

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* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' features an opera adaptation, which its plot and dialogue is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.
2nd Oct '15 1:20:53 PM DracMonster
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* ''Manga/{{Emma}}'' features an opera adaptation, which is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.

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* ''Manga/{{Emma}}'' ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' features an opera adaptation, which is used to parallel the romantic problems a character is having.
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