Friday, October 26, 2018

*Review* The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Genre: Memoir
Published: November 22, 2016
Pages: 267

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.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book, because I just really prefer to have celebrities tell me their stories with their own voices. I definitely recommend springing for the audiobook version of the story if you can. It's well worth it to hear the stories from Carrie herself.

This book had been on my wish list for a while because I'm a bit of a Star Wars fan, and getting an inside sneak peek at the behind the scenes action of the movie from the leading lady herself was just too good to pass up, really. This book was full of amusing anecdotes about things like getting drunk at a cast party, spending hours a day getting her hair put up into those iconic buns, and her relationship with Harrison Ford.

I don't want to say too much more about the book because it's better to just get it from Carrie (or read it yourself if you just can't do audiobooks). Overall I give The Princess Diarist 4.867 stars. - Katie 

Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her star-studded career includes roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of five bestselling novels, Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher's experience with addiction and mental illness--and her willingness to speak honestly about them--have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate.

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