Author: Carrie Fisher
Info: Blue Rider Press, copyright 2016, 257 pages
The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.
When Carrie Fisher recently 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. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.
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. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, 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 the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
All I can really say is that I regret not appreciating the unique voice of Carrie Fisher until she was gone. Outside of Princess Leia, I really didn't know a whole lot about her until articles started popping up on the internet after her unexpected death. That's when I allowed myself to get sucked in to her HBO special and started binge watching movies I hadn't seen in ages like When Harry Met Sally and The Burbs.
The one take away from The Princess Diarist, besides the fact that her kissing of Han Solo went beyond the silver screen, is that she was always a writer, almost a poet. The blurbs from her diary are heartbreaking and beautiful. She really does have a way with words, and despite the pain she felt, she never lost of her sense of humor.
This should only really be listened to so that you can appreciate her unique voice in her unique voice. And when you're done listening, if you're not a little more in love with her than you were before, there might be something wrong with you.