The Princess Diarist
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.

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 (sort-of) regular teenager.

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. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, 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.

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  • Christin
    Dec 4, 2016


    I loved Ms. Fisher's book "wishful drinking" that's why I got me a copy of "the princess diarist"Well it seems the princess turned bitter...First she is complaining about how unexperienced she was when Star Wars was filmed. Unexperienced as a woman, an actress, a lover. And yet she has...

  • Jake
    Dec 3, 2016


    When revisiting my earliest brushes with depression, two episodes come to mind. The first involved being persuaded by a loved one that Santa Claus wasn’t real. The second, and much more significant at the time, was discovering that actress Carrie Fisher—portrayer of Star Wars...

  • Michelle
    Dec 3, 2016


    In Carrie Fisher's trademark style of humorous candid monologue and snappy one liners, The Princess Diarist recalls her unexpected rise to super stardom as Princess Leia on the 1977 international 20th Century Fox blockbuster Star Wars series-- directed by George Lucas, also starring Ha...

  • Ann
    Dec 3, 2016


    Wow. This book brought up so many emotions. Princess Leia was a huge part of my childhood, but I never really got to know Carrie Fisher (possibly because, unlike Harrison Ford, she wasn't in many movies after Star Wars). I'm glad I got to know Fisher through this book now, as an adult....

  • Kelsey
    Dec 2, 2016


    I'm going to be honest and say that I picked up this book because I heard that Carrie talked about her affair with Harrison and I wanted all the juicy details. Instead, what I got out of reading it was a whole lot more. The somewhat all-over-the-place storytelling can be a bit annoying...

  • Paige
    Dec 2, 2016


    I always find that reviewing autobiographies and memoirs is really difficult. How do you critique someone’s life and say “oh that’s badly written” or “I wanted more of [insert thing you wanted more of here]”. It’s their life, they’re going to tel...

  • Kate
    Dec 1, 2016


    This book is a lesson in vulnerability. The diary excerpts themselves (no doubt carefully curated by Fisher) are rather minimal. They are very raw and reveal a 19 year old who has a weird day job that she has no illusions is ridiculous. Her focus is not the movie. It's not even on her ...

  • Nessie McInness
    Nov 30, 2016

    Nessie McInness

    Not as good as Carrie Fisher's other memoirs, but the her brilliant wit doesn't disappoint! Also, I now love Carrison. Han and Leia were great, so now I know Carrison actually happened, I ship it. ...

  • Rocketsciencemom
    Nov 30, 2016


    I am near the end of this book as I type this review. I didn't actually read the book, but rather have borrowed the audio book from the library so I can listen to Carrie Fisher (and her daughter) narrate it to me. This has made all the difference. Carrie is not Princess Leia, and she's...

  • Meagan
    Nov 30, 2016


    If you're looking for a book that'll give you a day-by-day account of Star Wars' principal photography, you're going to come away from this book disappointed. (Try J.W. Rinzler instead.) However, if you've ever been a young, under-experienced person in a completely overwhelming relatio...