Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Posted March 30, 2017 by Ashley Darnell in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie FisherThe Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Published by Blue Rider Press on October 18th 2016
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Non-Fiction
Pages: 257
Source: Own
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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.


When I first saw this book be put on the shelf at work, I made a mental note to pick it up. Unfortunately, as the day progressed and work continued I forgot all about it. Fast forward to a month later, it was finally mine but lost in the stash of books in my closet. Go further a few days forward and Carrie Fisher sadly passed away.


As a dedicated Star Wars fan, I was devastated. If i hadn’t read the book then, now was the time. I opened the book and did not put it down until I was finished with it a few hours later, but it wasn’t what I expected. I expected tales of the Star Wars set, a description of men in ewok costumes playing pranks on George Lucas. What I go was even better, a more emotional ride. It was a captivating tale of love found then lost. There’s something devastating about reading how one of America’s biggest sex symbols could not find the beauty in herself.


Fisher’s style of writing is humorous, but sometimes becomes a little too descriptive and colorful. Or maybe I was just tired. Regardless, it was so interesting I could not put the book down. Being a fan of Star Wars is not needed to enjoy this book, almost none of it is about the franchise. It is more about the story of a teenage girl finding herself and realizing her worth is not put into a man. An amazing tale.

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About Ashley Darnell

I'm a 20 year old psychology major from Austin, Texas. I love the arts, music is my thing. I'm constantly reading and finding inspiration in the things I chose to take in. I hope to one day write a book of my own!

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