The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist

Book - 2016
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"With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, [this] 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"
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399173592
Characteristics: 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number: B FISHER, C


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Fisher's personal narrative on the making of "Star Wars" is told with her unique brand of humor and insight. Available in book, large type, audiobook CD, e-book, and e-audiobook formats.

Intimate and hilarious recount of what happened on the set of the first movie.

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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.

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.

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?

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

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.

Apr 09, 2017

Carrie Fisher first starts off this book with her life before Star Wars. She explains how she was in the occasional film like Shampoo, and at the time, not particularly interested in going into show business. She then explains her audition for the part of Princess Leia and her excitement when she did get it. Ms. Fisher then talks about the affair she had with Harrison Ford and includes some of her journal entries from 1976, (mostly love poems and riddles), which is the main bulk of this book. The last section is the one that I personally found the most interesting, which was her feelings about her sudden rise to stardom and her feelings on signing autographs. The Princess Diarist was interesting, and I did enjoy reading about her life and experiences, but I really wish she could have been more cleaner and appropriate.

Cynthia_N Mar 17, 2017

Fun read! Sometimes her sarcasm makes me cringe but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book!

LPL_WilliamO Mar 13, 2017

Funny, honest, poignant. Carrie reflects on what it was like to live in the shadow of Princess Leia and reveals details of her affair with Harrison Ford with snippets from the diary she kept while filming Star Wars. A fascinating glimpse into the life of celebrity. I'd listen to the audiobook, but I'm afraid that'd make me even more sad now that she's gone.

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Coarse Language: Frequent, Strong Language.


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Apr 09, 2017

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


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