The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist

Book - 2016
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"When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she had 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 1976, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diariest 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 ... Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty"--Jacket.
In 1976, Carrie Fisher was a teenager filming a movie, with an all-consuming crush on her costar. And it just happened to become one of the most famous films of all time-- the first Star wars movie. When she recently discovered the journals she had kept, she found them full of plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. In revisiting her diaries, Fisher ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty.
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399173592
0399173595
Characteristics: 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeLauraRose Jul 23, 2018

I loved reading the thoughts, feelings, and poetry of young Carrie, in all of their rawness, honesty, and vulnerability. Because she grew into such an outspoken, unabashed woman, having such an intimate view of her shyness and insecurities as a young woman was like looking into a Carrie-kaleidoscope and finding patterns and colors that I'd never seen before. Carrie's retrospective commentary on her younger self was, as always, darkly humorous and unabashed. What a lady; what a legacy!

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

I love Carrie Fisher and all of her complexities and flaws. While this book isn't the tightest in terms of writing, it's interesting to hear her perspective on her relationship with Harrison Ford, especially in the larger context of how our society treats women who are in affairs versus the men. (Particularly when the man is older.)

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kwsmith
Jan 28, 2018

Shortly before she died, Carrie Fisher wrote this candid memoir about her secret love affair with her co-star Harrison Ford on the set of the first Star Wars film. The book is an awkward mess of unclear phrasing and juvenile stream of consciousness writing: "You couldn't accuse me of doing a less-than-stellar job on the Johnny Carson show without my insisting that you had forgotten my telling you that that had been my intention all along." Still, it was interesting to take a peek at young Carrie's tumultuous life and see how much this successful young woman struggled with self loathing and self degradation.

katarina_biblio Sep 14, 2017

Fisher manages to achieve an impressive balance of comedy, poetry and melancholy in her writing styles which certainly makes it a compelling read. However the book lacked substance at certain points, meandering too long into long remembrances, making the reader look ahead to see how many pages were left in the chapter. Worth a read on a meandering summer's afternoon, but not if you are looking for something more engaging.

SCL_Toby Jul 13, 2017

I enjoyed Carrie Fisher's writing style, but I felt that the book lacked substance. Fisher was is concerned about privacy in the telling of these stories, which is not unfair, but I often felt like what was told was very watered down as a result. Her wit is humorous but overall I found this book a bit of a dull read.

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daddyfleming
Jul 10, 2017

I just finished listening to the audio book, and I loved it. It never felt like she was reading from a script or book, but was instead more conversational, which really added something to the material. Having her daughter, Billie, read the journal entries from that time was a brilliant decision.

There was obviously some filler here, but overall, I loved hearing her stories about how she got the part, her "very long one-night stand" with Mr. Ford, her thoughtful and achingly painful journal entries from that amazing time, and the joys and burdens of being an iconic movie figure.

Carrie Fisher was self-indulgent, but also very funny, and she is able to speak honestly and thoughtfully about difficult subjects. It made me miss her even more.

William D. Brewer Jun 05, 2017

Her usual witty style, with useful information about the filming of Star Wars IV thrown in. A good read, if a bit thin in overall content. The revelations regarding her obsession with her costar are genuinely interesting.

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lcassity
May 24, 2017

I wasn't impressed with the rambling style or unfocused recall of events portrayed here. It's been several decades but why write the book if you can't remember what happened?

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Rubicat
May 02, 2017

I've come to realize that Ms. Fisher's novels are funny and smart and well worth reading, but her memoirs writings seem to me to be the writings of a precocious teen who tries much too hard to be clever with her wordplay. I grew very tired of her memories of her 'affair'. I skipped many pages throughout this book because I was bored or exasperated. As I said, I really enjoyed Delusions of Grandma and Surrender the Pink but I have no intention of reading any more of her memoirs. She was a woman who seemed to be uncomfortable with her fame but willing to exploit it to publish her writing. I sorta feel that if she had not been the daughter of stars and the embodiment of Princess Leia, publishers would have decline to take her books but that's just my opinion

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SarahDormat
Apr 19, 2017

I ADORE Carrie Fisher. I've read all of her other books and seen most of her films. I just need to say that off the bat because I am truly a fan. But, I had a hard time with this one. From the beginning of the book in which she describes a somewhat scary scene at George Lucas's birthday party (which she laughs off) to the affair she has with Harrison Ford, the whole thing made me sad. I wanted to love this- I didn't.

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Coarse Language: Frequent, Strong Language.

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"I act like someone in a bomb shelter trying to raise everyone's spirits." -Carrie Fisher.

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