This last book from beloved Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher is the crown jewel of ideal Star Wars gifts. The Princess Diarist is an intimate, hilarious, and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time.
When Carrie Fisher discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Before her passing, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon was indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.
With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into one of Hollywood's most beloved stars.
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Imagine publishing your teenage diaries… When Carrie Fisher discovered the journals she kept during the 1976 filming of Star Wars, she looked beyond her awkward poetry and naive observations to see a priceless record of a young woman becoming an adult and a celebrity at the same time. The Princess Diarist serves up some Hollywood gossip—yes, she dishes on her affair with Harrison Ford—but it’s mostly a vulnerable confessional that crackles with the wit, insight, and charm of a star we lost too soon.
Fisher finally set out to publish a collection of essays related specifically to her role as Princess Leah in the blockbuster Star Wars movie franchise and a brief affair with her older and married co-star Harrison Ford during the shooting of the first film. The juxtaposition between Fisher's narration of her contemporary writing with the voice of her daughter, actress Lourd, reading diary portions written four decades earlier makes for telling contrast: Fisher, with her smoky, husky voice, sounds like a tough-as-nails seasoned survivor who doesn't take her past romances and heartaches seriously and wishes her own fans would lighten up about their assumptions and speculations. Lourd performs the emotional long-ago passages with a palpable air of youthful self-consciousness. Both handle the duties at hand with poise and skill, leaving listeners to appreciate the way that time can shape one's perspective quite dramatically. A Blue Rider hardcover.
A wonderful sweet book. I enjoyed every word of it. I had no idea that Carrie was such a talented writer. RIP Carrie. You made Princess Leia immortal.
[This was a library book so it won't show as a verified purchase. I am voluntarily reviewing it]
I was a big fan of Carrie Fisher. I am a huge fan of Star Wars:A New Hope. I am also a fan of first person memoirs... until.....this one
I am giving this two stars for the pictures scattered throughout. However, the writing felt forced, in part because of her age at the time. The book was horrible! Not even the pictures saves it. Where is the Carrie Fisher of Postcards from the Edge? Was this bad because she was ill?
These aren’t the diaries you’re looking for
This is just a heads up for Star Wars diehards looking for some real insights or behind-the-scenes stuff from making the first film: look elsewhere. A more apt title for this one would have been Carrison: I Had an Affair With Harrison Ford and I Was Really Insecure About it. If you’re a huge Carrie Fisher fan, then this is probably worth a read for her voice and some personal, emotional memories. But if you’re hoping to learn much about shooting the movie, you’ll be very disappointed.