“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.”
The late Carrie Fisher found her journals that were written during her filming of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, shortly before her sudden passing in December 2016. Being an ENORMOUS Star Wars fan, I knew I had to read this book. I grew up with Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of Princess Leia and she quickly became one of my greatest role models. This book didn’t disappoint!
Carrie has a natural, prevailing wit that keeps you coming back for more. Whether she is presenting pages from her 19-year-old self, or reflecting on those first days of filming, you are swept up into the world of Carrie.
For me, it was a real eye-opener to how male-dominant the set actually was. (I suppose I never gave it much thought) Though some of her musings in her journal are (more than) out there, you feel a real connection to her when you read it. The Princess Diarist not only discusses filming but Carrie also suddenly finding herself recognizable and in a storm of stardom. She takes her readers through her most guarded secret, comic conventions, signings, and interviews. Her humor shines as she describes such interactions and even pokes some fun at herself and her character, Princess Leia.
The Princess Diarist has only made me more appreciative of the film and is a must-read for all who describe themselves as Star Wars fans.
In the future, I will definitely be reading more of her memoirs!
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