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. Named a People magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.
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.
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Avid listener on my daily commute!
"I am someone who wants very much to be popular. I don't just want you to like me, I want to be one of the most joy-inducing human beings that you've ever encountered. I want to explode on your night sky like fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve in Hong Kong."
--Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist
I very much enjoyed the experience of listening to this book, and I think if you're a Carrie Fisher fan (a fan of this author's previous works, especially the hilarious and autobiographical Wishful Drinking), you will like it a lot. But please don't buy this book or use a credit on it expecting to hear what it was like to participate in the making of the original Star Wars movies, or you'll be terribly disappointed. The "diaries" are just a selection of painfully sad love poems (maing up approximately the middle one-fifth of the book) all relating to Fisher's feelings of longing, self-doubt, guilt, and almost unendurable loneliness during her unsatisfying (to say the least!!) three-month affair with Harrison Ford during the making of the first film. Those poems are read very well by Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, who movingly conveys the anguish felt by the achingly insecure, inexperienced 19-year-old Carrie as she wonders poetically why her haughty, silent, aloof costar (a married father of two in his mid-thirties) doesn't love her. But you'll still feel cheated if you were expecting ANY (much less many) anecdotes from the movie set.
The three-fourths or four-fifths of the book before and after the poetry segment is about what it's been like for the author to lead her life in the shadow of her Princess Leia character. It's quite meandering and some of it feels like filler, but it's very much worth listening to. Some of the most interesting sections consisting of the author's impersonations of her fans who stop her on the street every day asking for autographs and pictures.
Thanks for the fun listen, Carrie! This didn't exactly live up to my expectations, but I'm glad and grateful that you chose to share your recollections. Because of you, I had a big smile on my face several days this past week on my way to work. Grade: Solid B-plus.
I was hoping for more insight and stories from behind the scenes. The actual diary entries could be skipped and are not that great. still a good listen, but I won't come back to it.
Bohemian Bon Vivant
I enjoy Carrie Fisher's work, but this was rather hard to listen to and just went on and on and on about a very minor affair that should have taken five minutes to gloss over.
I wish Carrie Fisher every success and happiness in life with her next project. This one is perhaps her only "off" work to date. Anything else she's done I highly recommend.
From what she was talking about to how it was delivered, this was a disappointment and chore to get through, alas.
So, I am one who didn't get this book because of the pre-release hype of the "illicit" affair.
Spoiler, if you haven't seen or read anything else about this book, yes she talks about the affair with Ford, but no, she doesn't go into any detail if that's what you are after.
No, I was hoping for some hidden untold story from forgotten recollections of the filming of the first Star Wars movie from 1976 that would be revealed by a key actor.
Hmmm, not so much actually.
These are the recollections of Carrie Fisher of her own life and times during the time from just before being selected to play Leia and what her life quickly became after.
I had not ever listened to anything written by Carrie Fisher before this. And, after listening to her writing and her narration of her story, the ONLY one who could really narrate it!, I realized I had been missing her genuine good writing and comedic skills.
I had always known about about her later years battles with family, drugs and alcohol and just didn't think what she'd write would be very good, even though she's had plays and movies made from her writings.
I was wrong in that assumption and I really enjoyed listening to her views and opinions on what she had written about here.
I also thought it was excellent to have her own daughter, Billie Lourd, read the actual excerpts of her diary included in this book towards the end. In doing that, I think, it gave a flashback style and sounding more like it was Fisher herself at the time she was writing her thoughts and observations into her diary.
This book might have been more accurately named "My Three Month Affair with Harrison Ford and, Oh, We Were in Star Wars By the Way" Way too much of the book focuses on the showmance between the two stars. It got to the point where I was fast forwarding to get by a lot of it. Carrie is is bright and very funny but perhaps using her diaries as the foundation of the story wasn't a great idea. It was too limiting.
Carrie Fisher narrates this book but I felt like I was in the audience for one of her performances. She's spot-on funny and poignant. Her voice rises, falls, giggles and whispers in just the right places. I skipped passed her daughter's part of reading mom's poetry though I think she has a great voice for this. I just don't like poetry period. Overall, I laughed and learned. Well-done.
Carrie Fisher's reading is charming. She uses various voices and accents. However, it is the story I find most interesting... Who doesn't want to hear about her steamy love affair with her co-star Harrison Ford?
The best part is the narration by the author. The story itself, though, is not a peak into the making of Star Wars.
This is represented as being a behind-the-scenes look as captured in the journals Carrie Fisher kept during the making of the original Star Wars. It's actually a big tell-all about her affair with Harrison Ford, and her feelings of inadequacy. Then there's the complaining about having to attend autograph signings as a way to pay the bills.
Totally did not like the diary entries as read by Billie Lourd. Her reading was fine but the entires were boring.
Nothing, thank you.
For Star Wars fans, this is a big let down.
the story itself was dull
Im 1/2 way through and contemplating
returning it as I look for other books to read
Cant put my finger on why but I just expected
more interesting stories and insight into
playing such an iconic role
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