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The Princess Diarist Hardcover – 20 Oct 2016
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"Smart and funny...the pages crackle with one-liners" (Guardian)
"It’s an eye-opener for fans, but it also shows a gifted writer even at a young age. There was a lot going on between Princess Leia’s hair buns." (USA Today)
"An unflinching, sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious look inside the mind of a 19-year-old … It’s invasive, juicy, sad, nostalgic and gripping all at once. It’s as if you’ve knocked the lock off of your cooler older sister’s journal and discovered she’s been sleeping with the hottest boy in school this whole time." (LA Times)
"Fisher offers a thoughtful, sardonic meditation on the price of fame, cost-of-living adjustments included." (J.D. Biersdorfer The New York Times Book Review)
"[The Princess Diarist] is a radical truth bomb" (Julia Felsenthal VOGUE.com)
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.See all Product description
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The Princess Diarist
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 recognised. 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 candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
About the author
Carrie Fisher was an author and actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She appeared in countless other films, including Shampoo and When Harry Met Sally, and wrote four bestselling novels : Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful and Postcards from the Edge, as well as the memoirs Shockaholic and Wishful Drinking.
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The book comes in three parts.The first part starts well, explaining how she came to be in the right place at the right time and got the role of Princess Leia. She makes a few interesting comments about the famous 'earphone' hairdo and the ludicrous 'slave bikini' and about being the only woman on the set of a surprisingly low-budget movie. But let's be honest, if you've bought this book it's quite likely you've done so because you want to read the dirt on that affair and I suspect you'll be disappointed. I can't decide whether to admire her for not going into details or to feel used and tricked and to ever so slightly doubt the veracity of the account. After 40 years of keeping quiet about an ex-love, it's hard to understand what she was trying to prove by opening that can of worms. As far as I can tell, Harrison Ford has kept his silence on the matter and probably been more admired for doing so than Fisher is for spilling the beans.
The second part contains extracts from her teen diaries - mostly about that affair. I'll come clean, I don't much like good poetry and I can't abide BAD poetry or childish introspection about failing affairs, so I skipped most of this. I found it boring and rather embarrassing to read. Carrie, you were worth more than this terrible sell-out of your 19-year old self.
The third part is my favourite because it brings us up to date with how hard life is when you used to be 'someone'. She writes about the film that brought the cast of Star Wars all back together (minimal comments about HF 40 years on) and about how her life was both made and then ruined by the character of Leia. She writes about going to sci fi conventions, signing autographs and faking interest in fans whilst feeling like a stripper or a lap dancer. We're left realising that being the star of a film that launched a multi-gazillion dollar franchise doesn't guarantee wealth for the actors and it's clear that the book, the signings, the personal appearances, are all part of paying the bills when you're a member of the has-been inter-galactic royalty.
I love Carrie Fisher and I recently read Wishful Drinking because I wasn't ready to pay full price for the Princess Diarist. Much to my surprise, Wishful Drinking is a much better (but still not brilliant) read. I was thrilled when this came up as a discounted offer on Amazon Kindle but I'm rather glad I didn't pay full price.
All in all, a bit rushed, a lot self-indulgent and overall a poor final testament of a woman who was so much more than this book suggests.
The middle part of the book contains extracts of her actual diaries. The poetry and rhyme which she concocted to try and express her feelings is both strange and convoluted at times. It does reinforce the feeling that this is a very fragile and sensitive person.
The final part of the book talks about life after the trilogy, Comic-Con and the lengths some of the fans will go to for an autograph. The comments are not made in a disrespectful or malicious way, but again there is a naivety that people take the films so seriously. Overall it is an interesting insight into the woman, who for millions of fans, will always be Princess Leia Organa.
I kind of assume she was planning to release a sequel to cover the later oats of her life. A great buy for any fans though, and an interesting easy read.
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