A Book Written by a Celebrity
The Princess Diarist
By Carrie Fisher
When I pulled out A Book Written by a Celebrity I kind of had a freak out because there are so many books out there right now that are written by a celebrity that I wasn't quite sure how I was going to choose. (And a spoiler alert, I didn't 100%, because next week's review is another book written by a celebrity!)
I went to the book store and ogled the many different books that I've been ogling for months and finally made some cuts based on how I was feeling that day and what was happening in the world. These feelings and current events helped me to decide just how serious I wanted to be, if I wanted a novel or memoir, and did I have time to sit down to read a 1000 page book, or was that going to be stretching me a bit thin? I already missed two weeks of posts this month due to family obligations, work, training, deaths, and the list could go on and on. I needed to make sure it was a book that was feasible.
So I finally narrowed it down to two books and The Princess Diarist was one of them. (I'm not going to tell you the other, so you have to come back next week to find out what it was! I know, I'm so mean!) Of course, because I settled on two different books, I didn't really help myself any in the "short on time" area, but I think I'll be okay.
Carrier Fisher is an author and actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She has appeared in countless other films, including Shampoo and When Harry Met Sally, and is the author of four bestselling novels: Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, as well as the memoirs Shockaholic and Wishful Drinking. Fisher lives in Los Angeles. (Blue Rider Press)
*Update* Since the publication of The Princess Diarist, Fisher passed away of cardiac arrest in December 2016.
When Carrier Fisher recently discovered the journals she had 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 naivete, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1976, Carrier Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar.
With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollecion 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 as well as the absudity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been 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. (Blue Rider Press)
The Review & Wrap-Up:
I learned a lot about Carrier Fisher in her younger days with this memoir. And I learned just our spunky and crass she was! I had no idea! She always seemed just a sweet and proper lady to me for some reason. I always thought all that spunk and crass that she showed in her movies and TV shows were the characters she was playing, not that that's what she was bringing to the table! But I have to say, I love it! I can totally see her in a better light now after reading The Princess Diarist.
I enjoyed most of the book. I'm not usually one that cares about celebrity gossip, but I did enjoy hearing about her affair with Harrison Ford. She doesn't know into any kind of personal detail with it, but she explains what she was feeling, and what was happening in such a way that it doesn't feel like gossip, but having lunch with an old gal pal that you haven't seen in ages, and here she is, catching you up like a day hasn't gone by.
There is a section where she shares with you excerpts of her hand written journals, and have I have to say, I think this was my least favorite part. Her journals, I feel , are not like most people's journals. While most would write in them in diary form, she wrote in poetry, and questions. While reading these excerpts, I realized that Carrier Fisher was an extremely intelligent person, though she never saw herself as such. These excerpts show just how brilliant she was, and if you aren't quite there yourself, you may get lost in the translation.
Her chapter entitled "Leia's Lap Dance" was by far my favorite though. I laughed almost the entire chapter. People are crazy and do incredibly weird things that in the moment, that see as normal (and sometimes after the moment, too.) I couldn't believe some of the things that people have said to her. It almost makes me wonder if she used that wild imagination of her own and made some of it up, or if she was high either while writing it or while "lap dancing."
If you're looking for a closer look into the behind the scenes of the original Star Wars films, then check The Princess Diarist out. It won't give you a ton of insight, but it will let you into the mind and life of Princess Leia a little more than has been known in the past. And you will definitely get a great glimpse into the life and mind of the woman who kindda looks like her.
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
Pair it with: Since Carrie Fisher plainly states that she was never a drinker in this memoir, I guess I would have to say you'll have to pair this one with something she did enjoy: Pot. Please smoke responsibly and only if you live in a state where it's legal!
Start a conversation: If you were to meet your silver screen idol, how would you act? Would you make a fool or yourself, or try to play it cool? Would they buy it?
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