The Princess Diarist (Unabridged)
by Carrie Fisher
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2018 GRAMMY® Award for Best Spoken Word Album 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. PEOPLE magazine Best Book of Fall 2016 New York Times Best-seller Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, featuring Carrie Fisher, is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds debuted on HBO in January 2017. 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 teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. 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. 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.
Fisher, Philosophy and Ford
Carrie Fisher finished her book "Princess Diarist" shortly before her death. Ostensibly it's her memoirs of the making of the original Star Wars but it really is not. The first half of the book is a collection if rather off topic humor. Warning: She uses quite a bit of "colorful" words so be prepared. It's worth it, though, because it's very funny though biting humor.
But the second half is where the gold is. The real diaries which she kept during the filming are stream of consciousness writing and awkward poetry dealing with her having an affair as a 19-year-old girl with her 30-something co-star, the married Harrison Ford. It is devastating but very important, I think, from a #counseling perspective. Although Fisher was unusually bright as a 19-year-old she still reveals a lot about how the teen mind works, and #neurosis. (Some would say those two things go together.)
If her death hadn't happened in public on a plane one might very well think she had killed herself after revealing so much of her own thoughts because it's obvious she supplemented her 19-year-old thoughts with those she still struggled with at "thirty times two."
If you are a Harrison Ford fan I'd be surprised if he's not accused of having raped her since she says she was drunk when they first had sex.
And I hope he sees a counselor because she is absolutely vicious in her psychological evaluation of him.
All of it is very awkward but important as a case study, I think. Especially in light of Fisher's family systems and own subsequent life choices.
This is exactly what I needed right now as I mourn Fisher's death. I love this woman so much, and I already read this book, but hearing her read it herself in the audio version is helping me get through this hard time. I highly recommend this book, as well as every book she has ever written. I've read them all, and they are all worth a buy and a read. Rest in peace, Carrie. You will always mean the world to me.
If you forgot what it was like to be young.
This was published about a month before Carrie Fisher died; prematurely by any sense of the word.
The book is in two parts; reminising about her relationship with H. Ford, star wars and the times (1979). And the actual diary composed of thoughts, poems and the very self distructive thoughts that a less neurotic, self obsessed person can bush aside.. it is a record of how it is like to be a young girl, 19 to be exact. I don’t think it is a idiosyncratic depiction of a unique person per se, a lot of people take that road but a more concrete reality is always in the passengers seat for most.
So if you are young the last half might be the part of interest but I found the first half better.
If there is any reason not to keep a diary, you will find it here along with reasons to keep one.