January 10

The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist is a “sort of memoir” written by Carrie Fisher about her life as a 19-year-old, finding stardom, and love in a galaxy far far away. The book focuses heavily on an affair she had with a co-star during the filming of ‘Star Wars: A new Hope’ and entries from recently found diaries that Fisher wrote during that time.

Fisher is known for her unique witty writing style that she established in her previous memoirs, “Wishful Drinking” and “Postcards from the Edge”. In “The Princess Diarist” however Fisher often repeats herself, gets distracted and pulled off topic, which feels more like rambling than witty writing. As a fan of Star Wars and Carrie Fisher’s written work I wanted to like the book more, but I was a little disappointed. The book lacks focus but it does give a great insight into the mind of a self-conscious and sensitive 19 year, trying to make sense of her world.

Although I had placed this book on hold a while ago, I ended up receiving the book 2 days after Fisher’s passing. Reading this book reiterated my feelings of loss for a woman that was not afraid to accept her flaws and be herself. RIP Carrie Fisher.