Review: The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher


“I’m afraid that if I stop writing I’ll stop thinking and start feeling.”

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir, Biography

Reading Challenge: 6 out of 50

Goodreads Synopsis —

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.

My Thoughts —

I ought to start off by saying that I’m a massive fan of Carrie Fisher. And a fan of Star Wars, too, for that matter. Although that fact still muddles me to be honest. I’ve been wanting to read this memoir for quite some time, essentially ever since I heard that it had been published, and boy, am I glad that I finally got the chance to.

My family is pretty big on Star Wars. It started with my mum, who’s been a fan of the films since she was a kid. I never got into them when I was younger and neither did my dad for a long time, but when my boyfriend came along, he was a fan so my mum and him watched the films together. As a favour to both of them, I went to see Rogue One and the rest is history. What really grabbed my attention about these films was, of course, the bad-ass and irreplaceable Princess Leia. After obsessing over her character for awhile, I started paying attention to the actress herself and was thrilled to find that Carrie Fisher was unsurprisingly also a bad-ass. So when I heard about this book, I had to read it obviously.

The Princess Diarist is quirky and fantastic. I think it really shows the honesty of Carrie Fisher, as she leaves out no detail, however embarrassing or shameful. She never tries to impress you or make you think that she’s something that she’s not. Carrie is unapologetically authentic and I loved that.

What I found so interesting about this book was how unavoidably eerie it was that Carrie repeatedly spoke about her own mortality. She made several comments about her death and her legacy. Given the proximity of this book’s publication and her untimely death, it’s just very strange. Yet, on the other hand, I think that this book was meant to be released exactly when it was. The story of her and Harrison - or “Carrison,” as she puts it - was a story that Carrie had been holding onto for years. Forty years, in fact. It was the final story she had to tell…

Anyway, on a brighter note. I love memoirs. I love hearing true stories about real people who have walked this earth and lived a life so similar yet so different to mine. I think we get so wrapped up in seeing celebrities as celebrities, and not as what they actually are - people. It’s sometimes hard for some to separate Princess Leia from Carrie Fisher, or vice versa. People forget that Carrie’s not a space princess fighting off bad guys. This book (I hope) alters the perspective. Carrie’s a person, like you and me. She’s an actress, a mom, a daughter, a human. She makes mistakes, she falls in love, she gets embarrassed… And sometimes, she hooks up with her married co-star.

Are you a Carrie Fisher fan? Have you ever read one of her books?

Felicia x