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. Named a People magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.
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.
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If you have ever hung out with a group of people, friends or developing friends, you tell stories. Carrie Fisher presents her Stars Wars past in this manner. She tells stories that make you feel you are getting to know her. Likeable stories, acted out by the original herself.
Not great literature but great coffee chat.
"Fireworks at Midnight"
"I am someone who wants very much to be popular. I don't just want you to like me, I want to be one of the most joy-inducing human beings that you've ever encountered. I want to explode on your night sky like fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve in Hong Kong."
--Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist
I very much enjoyed the experience of listening to this book, and I think if you're a Carrie Fisher fan (a fan of this author's previous works, especially the hilarious and autobiographical Wishful Drinking), you will like it a lot. But please don't buy this book or use a credit on it expecting to hear what it was like to participate in the making of the original Star Wars movies, or you'll be terribly disappointed. The "diaries" are just a selection of painfully sad love poems (maing up approximately the middle one-fifth of the book) all relating to Fisher's feelings of longing, self-doubt, guilt, and almost unendurable loneliness during her unsatisfying (to say the least!!) three-month affair with Harrison Ford during the making of the first film. Those poems are read very well by Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, who movingly conveys the anguish felt by the achingly insecure, inexperienced 19-year-old Carrie as she wonders poetically why her haughty, silent, aloof costar (a married father of two in his mid-thirties) doesn't love her. But you'll still feel cheated if you were expecting ANY (much less many) anecdotes from the movie set.
The three-fourths or four-fifths of the book before and after the poetry segment is about what it's been like for the author to lead her life in the shadow of her Princess Leia character. It's quite meandering and some of it feels like filler, but it's very much worth listening to. Some of the most interesting sections consisting of the author's impersonations of her fans who stop her on the street every day asking for autographs and pictures.
Thanks for the fun listen, Carrie! This didn't exactly live up to my expectations, but I'm glad and grateful that you chose to share your recollections. Because of you, I had a big smile on my face several days this past week on my way to work. Grade: Solid B-plus.
"Come for the headlines, stay for the whole story"
So, I am one who didn't get this book because of the pre-release hype of the "illicit" affair.
Spoiler, if you haven't seen or read anything else about this book, yes she talks about the affair with Ford, but no, she doesn't go into any detail if that's what you are after.
No, I was hoping for some hidden untold story from forgotten recollections of the filming of the first Star Wars movie from 1976 that would be revealed by a key actor.
Hmmm, not so much actually.
These are the recollections of Carrie Fisher of her own life and times during the time from just before being selected to play Leia and what her life quickly became after.
I had not ever listened to anything written by Carrie Fisher before this. And, after listening to her writing and her narration of her story, the ONLY one who could really narrate it!, I realized I had been missing her genuine good writing and comedic skills.
I had always known about about her later years battles with family, drugs and alcohol and just didn't think what she'd write would be very good, even though she's had plays and movies made from her writings.
I was wrong in that assumption and I really enjoyed listening to her views and opinions on what she had written about here.
I also thought it was excellent to have her own daughter, Billie Lourd, read the actual excerpts of her diary included in this book towards the end. In doing that, I think, it gave a flashback style and sounding more like it was Fisher herself at the time she was writing her thoughts and observations into her diary.
"Unflinching, powerful, brilliant, and heartfelt..."
I've never read or heard anyone speak so openly and eloquently about their feelings. Her wit, strength, and heart shine in all of her books- here though especially. I wept when Billie began reading her mother's words. Her delivery was so fluid it was chilling. I'd known that scathing, self loathing voice for some time in my own head. Imagine knowing that voice could drop in for a visit at any time, or that you could hear it continually whispering somewhere nearby... Carrie's writings helped me understand not just herself, but my wife's difficulties and fears, and my own. Carrie Fisher will always be a great inspiration to me. She was, and is, a true hero.
Having Billie Lourd step in and read in the voice of the young Carrie was very impactful. Having Carrie read the bulk of the book drove home how personal a book like this is. Her perspective is heartfelt, and entertaining.
"The Things You Wanted to Know"
The things you wanted to know about Princess Leia and how Carrie Fisher felt about Princess Leia are here. How Leia formed Carrie, Carrie shaped Leia, Debbie influenced Carrie, how Harrison affected Carrie, and how Carrie as Leia formed a generation- my generation.
Those of us who were children when Star Wars came out, we who were raised on the films. Those of us raised by women who themselves had just missed women's liberation by a few years. We little girls who sat in front of that giant silver screen with upturned faces, learning.
We soaked in the knowledge that a girl could be pretty AND smart, quiet AND bold. Enslaved then free an entire galaxy. We learned to appreciate the strength of men without taking any crap from them. We felt the Force within us, quietly waiting, knowing it was there when we needed it.
It wasn't just Leia who taught us. We learned from the way Carrie lived her life, who she became, what space slugs of her own she slayed. How she fought mental illness, how she loved, the way she observed the world with wit, humor, and sass.
Princess, teacher, role model, icon, truth. Thank you, Carrie Fisher.
"Carrie finds her diarys~ excellent 5 STARS~"
PLOT: Carrie Fisher finds the diary's under her floor boards and gives us a look back at Star Wars and beyond~
Carrie Fisher is both an actress and author. She is also admits to addictions of several kinds and being bipolar. She finds her diary she kept during the making of Star Wars. Carrie begins with her debut in the movie Shampoo with Warren Beatty. She is very funny and "eager' to make it as an actress. She also 'reads' for the part in an Space Movie we come to know as Star Wars. Her close up look at George Lucas and how he gave her the chance of a life time. The diary then moves to England where Star Wars was filmed. Being 19 and very naïve let alone the only female in the crew. Her focus in this book is her relationship with Harrison Ford who saves her from a drunken encounter with the UK film crew. The end result is a 3 month affair between the two. Ford was married at the time and Fisher was not. This is an excellent look into the past with Fisher as the author of the fast moving and funny/sad look at the "affair". Carrie shares her brilliant use of words and at times meandering look at her life and times of the late 1970s. She includes some hysterical looks at how age and time have made her (Carrie Fisher) as she refers as a "lap dancer/ media whore" who signs autographs for money to stay financially solvent. Her view of the events at the photo/book signings is very funny and often brilliant. Her humor is expressed with a diverse use of swear words and descriptive phrase and voices. I love this lady. She also oddly enough brings up a look at her own "mortality" as part of the view of her sarcastic look at autograph hounds. This is an excellent bio. Carrie is very good at both writing and narration of this book. Her daughter Billie Lourds also narrates a brief section of some reflections on the Harrison Ford old feelings and relationship. 5 STARS~ wish it were longer. Glad she wrote it.
"A few hours w/ a Princess"
Especially after the events of this past week, this book is a must listen. Not read, but listen. This allows us to spend several hours with our favorite intergalactic Princess and in some fashion it helped with grieving and coming to terms with the fact of her death. I'm grateful she made this for us before she passed so we could not only hear her wit and charm again but to hear details about the making of Star Wars that we may not have heard before.
I laughed! I cried! (A lot) How lucky are we to have this? She is so filled with gratitude and appreciation for Princess Leia and embraces her destiny as the first heroine of her generation. Listening to this book was also unsettling. There are many many startling prophetic references to her own death, etc. It is a definite must read for any Star Wars fan.
"As Colorful as Carrie herself"
Carrie Fishers recent passing has bound to create a new interest in her writings. In this, her last book, we get to see Carrie in true form. From her musings as a girl trying to figure out her way as an actress, the reveal of her affair with Harrison Ford and learning how to be Carrie as much as Lea . Each recollection is filled with as much wit and detail you would expect from her. She uses her language beautifully in her writings and still comes off as a relatable woman learning to love herself. I only say to listen to the audio book because Carrie herself reads it. Just hearing her voice again slightly fills the hole left by her passing. This truly is a beautiful book for everyone who loved her as a person, as well as a good reminder that she was so much more than that princess from space. Thank you Carrie, we all miss you so much.
"Not enough diary, but all is forgiven"
Carrie was awesome -- honest and funny. A little unfocused at times and not nearly enough of her diary included-- but I listened non stop over New Years and I feel my contribution to her legacy by buying this and another of her books is fitting enough tribute to her. She was one of a kind and the world is diminished without her.
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