The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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...

Details The Princess Diarist

TitleThe Princess Diarist
Release DateOct 18th, 2016
PublisherBlue Rider Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews The Princess Diarist

  • Larry H
    "I had never been Princess Leia before and now I would be her forever. I would never not be Princess Leia. I had no idea how profoundly true that was and how long forever was."I've got to tell you, it was really weird reading this book given the fact that both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died this week. There were more than a few times in this book where Fisher made reference to her obituary, her eulogy, or her mother, all of which made me ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Shortly before she died, Carrie Fisher discovered a collection of journals she'd written in 1976 while filming the first Star Wars movie. In The Princess Diarist, Fisher's 1976 journal entries are revealed, giving readers a private look at a confident, successful celebrity when she was just a naive, vulnerable young woman on the brink of stardom. Perhaps this was a personal oversight, but the book jacket feels unintentionally misleading. It purpo...
  • Brina
    Last year before her passing, a number of Goodreads friends of mine posted that they were reading a new memoir in diary format written by Carrie Fisher. Upon finding out that Fisher had already authored four books and one memoir, I had my curiosity piqued. Having watched the original Star Wars trilogy so many times that I have the credits and most lines memorized, I was giddy to get my hands on Fisher's insightful, first hand look at the what wen...
  • Alejandro
    Excellent reading! IN MEMORIAM It was a shock when the news of Carrie Fisher’s demise came out, especially when her movie career was getting a deserved second air in the new Star Wars trilogy (sequel to the events of the original trilogy). Carrie Fisher did all her scenes for the incoming Episode VIII, so we’ll be able to see her one last time, and……due the advance in special effects, I have no doubt that we’ll have plenty enough of Pr...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Take a highly intelligent, anxiety prone girl, mix in the life changing, world wide phenomena that is Star Wars, and add a dash of handsome, introverted, and married leading man and you have: The Princess Diarist.This is not really about Star Wars as much as it is about obsession and Carrie trying to figure out who she is. Though there are some tidbits sprinkled throughout: "And as much as I may have joked about Star Wars over the years, I liked ...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Y'all, I can't even talk about this right now.
  • Trudi
    “If anyone reads this when I have passed to the big bad beyond I shall be posthumously embarrassed. I shall spend my entire afterlife blushing.” Didn't we all feel this way about our diaries as hyper-dramatic, brooding adolescents, at the mercy of our raging hormones and our short-circuiting ever expanding neural pathways and vivid imaginations? Sure we did, those of us who bothered to "write it all out and down" (which I think tends to be mo...
  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest"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" (47).This is going to be a difficult book to review. I've never reviewed a book so close to the author's passing, and it was a sad a...
  • Matt
    In the final of her short memoirs, Carrie Fisher turns her focus onto the inevitable Star Wars franchise and her memories from being on the set in 1976. As the book opens, Fisher lists a number of memorable occurrences from the year, all of which made the filming of a low-budget space fantasy film pale in comparison, or so it would seem. While she does not mention it explicitly, years of excessive drug use and electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) sur...
  • K.
    This book is effectively divided into three sections: 1. 2016 Carrie Fisher talks about starting out as an actress, getting cast as Princess Leia and her affair with Harrison Ford.2. 1976 Carrie Fisher's diary entries made during her affair with Harrison Ford. 3. 2016 Carrie Fisher talks about her relationship with Harrison Ford post-affair and her struggles with being Leia over the course of the next 40 years, particularly when it comes to inter...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    I liked that this book had a central theme, since most non-fiction tends to be a more sprawling narrative. It all revolves around Carrie's experience with Star Wars and what becoming and being knwon as Princess Leai meant to her. I listened to the audiobook and Carrie read it herself, which was kind of a heartbreaking experience because she often ponders what her legacy after her death will be. I, like so many, grew up with Star Wars so I really ...
  • Sam Quixote
    Apparently Carrie Fisher recently found the diaries she kept while filming the first Star Wars movie and has decided to publish them – how fortuitous given Star Wars is back! It’s pretty thin on material for a memoir. The only really memorable piece of info is Fisher’s confirmation that she had an affair with her co-star, Harrison Ford, who was married at the time and 15 years her senior. I haven’t read any of Fisher’s previous memoirs ...
  • Katie B
    Even though I wouldn't consider myself a fan of the Star Wars movies, this book has been on my to be read list for awhile. I just love reading celeb memoirs and Carrie Fisher always came across as refreshingly honest and humorous in interviews. And while Carrie certainly opened up in this book, I still was left wanting more as this read more like a partial story of her life while working on Star Wars rather than the full thing.The book contains h...
  • Lynx
    I have a confession to make… I’m not a Star Wars fan. Ive seen them (the original three at least) and they were enjoyable but overall just not my thing. I am however a Carrie Fisher fan and I am so happy I picked this one up.Those like me who have no emotional connection to Star Wars shouldn’t let that prevent them from reading this. This isn’t some romanticized reminiscence of the filming one of the most iconic movies of all time. What w...
  • Sarah Churchill
    What an incredible, complicated, witty, damaged, talented, creative, self-destructive and intelligent woman.
  • Kat
    Wow, I really enjoyed reading this memoir by Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, particularly her diary entries written when she was in her teens and filming Star Wars. She’s a funny writer regardless, and it was great that the audiobook was narrated by her personally!, but the entries penned by her back when she was young were absolutely amazing writing, very insightful psychologically and fascinating to read. Please excuse typos/name misspelling...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I was not a huge Carrie Fisher or Star Wars fan, in fact I only just watched Star Wars for the first time the year Episode VII came out. I didn't even know that Debbie Reynolds was her mother until she passed away. That said, I think Carrie is an excellent memoirist. She is direct and honest and very much herself, and in audio, it's fantastic. Carrie came across her diaries from the early Star Wars days, where she was the "typical" late teens ear...
  • Bradley
    I'm not usually one to read memoirs or even a slice of a tiny and specific autobiography like this, but I was tempted both because of my sadness for her death and the fact that it was nominated for the Hugos this year.That being said, I wasn't prepared for how much I enjoyed her quirky and excellent and witty writing, her unabashedly honest reveal about her on-set fling with Harrison Ford, or the nearly unbearably sweet and conflicted original di...
  • Char
    Even though I'm not a Star Wars fan, I am a big fan of Carrie Fisher. I loved how outspoken and honest she was about her life and mental health. After listening to The Princess Diarist I now love how honest she was about her affair with Harrison Ford. I also greatly enjoyed her talking about some of her fan interactions; hilarious.It's nice to hear someone from Hollywood talking about how insecure she was about her hair, her weight, etc... You ...
  • Mercedes
    I love Carrie Fisher. I've read all her books and really enjoyed them. This book however, was a disappointment. Much of it was pointless 'filler' that was completely unnecessary to the story Carrie was trying to tell.For instance, the whole first chapter...'It was 1976' just a listing of all the things that were happening in the year 1976. Now, I get 3 or 4, hell, maybe even 5 or 6 examples so she can set the scene, but as it went on and on ...
  • April Cote
    Princess Leia was the only princess I looked up to and wished to be growing up. Princess Leia was tough, smart, beautiful, with a fantastic hairstyle and a Jedi for a brother. Also, she had the best looking scoundrel in space, Han Solo. What little girl didn't want to be her? So when this came out, and I heard what it was about, I knew I had to read it. Carrie Fisher is a sarcastic, funny and honest writer, not hesitating to write about herself i...
  • Figgy
    I can’t promise that this is going to be an objective review; I feel this needs to be made clear from the outset.Five days ago, Carrie Fisher died, and in a year of deeply meaningful celebrity deaths from an era of entertainment so many of us look back on fondly, this felt like a final kick in the gut (followed a day later, of course, by her mother, Debbie Reynolds).Who do I think I would’ve been if I hadn’t been Princess Leia? Am I Princes...
  • Leslie
    I love, love, love Carrie Fisher. Not Pricess Leia - although she has her moments, but the 'real' Carrie Fisher. The one who bared her soul in her autobiographical novels and biographical books, her one woman stream of consciousness shows and in the HBO documentary about her and her mother. If you are looking for a Hollywood tell all, or a behind the scenes on the shooting of Star Wars this isn't the book. This is the story of a 19 year old high ...
  • Calista
    Growing up loving the movie Star Wars, this was a great behind the scenes look into the lives of the cast. Carrie is a funny writer and she has a knack for writing about the human condition. I laughed at all the scenes she paints with questions her fans ask her during book signing and some of them are poignant. I'm sad we lost Carrie last year and I'm glad we have this lasting memory of her and her experience as Princess Leia.
  • Jessica
    I remember when I found out how young Carrie Fisher was when she was cast as Princess Leia (barely nineteen!) I wondered what it would be like to have your first real job be Princess Leia. Well, kids, wonder no more! Here are her memories, her musings, and even her crappy teenage poetry about getting cast, meeting the cast, getting her buns on, and how being Princess Leia changed her life. The writing is wry and much more coy than I thought it wo...
  • Daniella
    4.5/5 SPECTACULAR the audiobook is a must. Possibly the most quotable book I've ever read.
  • Ariel
    Carrie Fisher dishes on two of my favorite topics, Star Wars and Harrison Ford, so how the hell did she make both so boring? The first part of the book is a little about she fell into show business and landed the part of a lifetime. Then we move on to the affair with Harrison which is a snooze fest. Harrison wouldn't talk to her, looked down on her, made her feel insecure, ignored her during the work week, and then every weekend they did some mat...