March 2017


The Princess Diarist
By Carrie Fisher
Book Review By: Lisa Lunney

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.

In December the world suffered a massive heartbreak at the loss of beloved Carrie Fisher. A woman so much more than just a Star Wars icon. She was a force to be reckoned with. A voice for those who choose to be unapologetically themselves. It is no coincidence that her face donned many of the posters for the rallies across the world to unite women and fuel the fire that is the voice of females.

This collection is fantastic. It is raw and at times laugh out loud funny. Fisher has such a unique writing style and powerful voice. For fans of Star Wars, it is interesting to catch a glimpse into the mind of one of the stars during filming—for the rest of us, it is wonderful just to read the experiences of this brilliant woman.

She is a celebrity that allowed us to see her as a human. She was flawed. She made mistakes. She had vices…She was perfectly imperfect. I am glad this book was completed before her untimely passing.

For those whom have never read the work of Carrie Fisher, she has an abundance of written work that will stand the test of time and speak to everyone. For the loners, the outcasts, those suffering through grief and mental illness—and simply for those that are unapologetically human—flaws and all.

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