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 recognised.
Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977 Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar. 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 candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
©2016 Carrie Fisher (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
When it comes to autobiography, the clichés are often the easiest to parrot. Words like 'warm', 'witty', and 'wry' are bandied about like cheap currency for a disposable celebrity-centric lexicon.
What survives Carrie Fisher though *is* her warmth. She's frank without being cutting, honest without excesses of self-pity. Despite herself, she's never felt like a celebrity. That wouldn't sit right with some authors, but there isn't a moment in 'The Princess Diarist' that seems peppered with the sort of incredulous sneering we might come to expect from celebrity memoir.
From easy charm to angsty poetry and back again, where there is humour in experience we're always in on the joke. That's ultimately what sets this memoir apart from so many others - the late great author knows we're all just 'jumped up, scruffy-looking nerf-herder[s]' at heart, but relishes sharing in the glorious unpredictability human life anyway.
She may have felt she lacked an intellectual streak, but her incisive observations philosophise with the best of them without ever seeming bombastic or 'precocious'. Hers aren't throwaway sentiments, while always aware of her capacity as actress, the tone isn't preoccupied with notions of 'legacy'. Instead, Fisher reminds us that sometimes the best of what is close to home resonates more fully set against that which seems 'far, far away' but that is, in its truest sense, ceaselessly and reassuringly human.
Hearing Carrie Fisher and her daughter read her new book is wonderfully entertaining and utterly heartbreaking. I urge everyone to listen to this as it's truly rewarding and cathartic. God speed, Carrie.
This was a wonderful insight in to Carrie's earlier life and what Star Wars has done for her.
I honestly felt like I was sat with a friend for the last 4 hours.. so brilliant.
Carrie Fisher's onset Star Wars diaries don't really constitute a very big part of this book. And although touted as the big draw don't really offer anymore than any other teenage diary - angst ridden and moody as they are. And the revelation of an affair with Harrison Ford seems to be more about recollecting youth across a passage of time. She could be talking about anything... It just happened to be an affair. Putting the diaries and the affair to one side and the book's real heart is revealed.. A 60 year old trying to remember her life at 19 and on the cusp of something she never could have forseen. And also how she has dealt with Star Wars, the fame and the expectations that come with it. This is where the book shines. And the narration is perfect.... Like a wise best friend sat opposite you making you laugh and listen. Rest in peace Carrie Fisher.
I started this before she passed away which made for a heartbreaking last few chapters. as always Ms Fisher is a delight and shows an insight like never before in to the turbulent life where she was and wasn't Princess Leia. A fitting final book to her amazing life.
She will be greatly missed.
This is a wonderful reflective humorous book. Particularly enjoyable listening to Carrie Fisher read her own story with her humour and passion. I've never seen Star Wars but am now inspired to do so to witness the evolution of such an inspiring unique woman. Also look forward to downloading her other audiobooks. Highly recommend this audiobook.
Carrie Fisher has done an incredible job with this audiobook - I was hooked and had to listen to all of it within 2 days. She has always had a big impact on my life, being a female role model when I was just a child, and she confirms herself as my role model through this book.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Carrie we do miss you so!
A voice of truth and humour and strength.
Wish you hadn't gone so soon RIP a legend!
"I loved it!"
I am little sad only just to hear this now after her passing but I think she will always be with us in force and in memory forever :)
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