As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been trying to listen to more audiobooks, and the first one that I stumbled upon this year (and then promptly forgot to write a review for because I finished it at the same time as another book which I DID write a review for…) was The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher.
I was pretty devastated when Carrie Fisher passed away. As you probably know, I’m a HUGE Star Trek fan, but believe me, I have plenty of love for Star Wars, too. I’ve loved Princess Leia since I first saw the movies when I was… 7, I think? I’ll never forget the first time I was introduced to the Star Wars universe. It was the summer when I was 7 years old – it must have been around the 4th of July, because I’d gone to a carnival that was in a neighboring town that weekend every year.
I came home, and my dad’s youngest brother was visiting from Washington (I grew up in southern Illinois – have I ever told you that?). Anyway, he talked my dad into watching it, and I stuck around in our family room, mostly just to spend time with my super fun uncle.
I’m so glad I did. It was a magical experience.
Anyway. I loved Princess Leia, and as I got older and got to know more of who Carrie Fisher was and what she’s done, I loved her, too. So I was really excited to listen to this book – especially because she and her daughter read it.
The Princess Diarist was fun and hilarious and vulnerable and smart. It provided such a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective of the filming of Star Wars, all from Carrie’s point of view.
She was honest and harsh and forgiving and honest. She opened up about getting the part of Leia, about trying to figure out who she was, about her relationship with Harrison Ford, about friendships on set, about drugs, and so much more.
It was incredibly enjoyable, and Carrie did a fabulous job reading her work, adding flair in the way that only she could.
I also really loved that her daughter, Billie Lourd, read the old journal entries that Carrie had found from her time on Star Wars. So cool. And the journal entries were amazing.
Anyway. If you like Star Wars or memoirs or the movie business, or if you’re just looking for an easy, fun, real read, check out The Princess Diarist. It’ll make you grieve Carrie Fisher all over again.