Does this hairstyle make my face look fat? Review of “The Princess Diarist”

The Princess DiaristThe Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was expecting a book about the day-to-day antics of shooting one of the most popular movies in history, but instead it spends a lot of time discussing Carrie Fisher’s affair with Harrison Ford, and quoting fans who ask for autographs.

That’s not to say the book isn’t well-written—it is. I would say this probably Carrie’s Fisher’s strongest prose to date. However, the section where she talks about comic-cons starts to feel like padding after a while. The actual diary entries from the period when she was shooting Star Wars, is interesting, but short on revelations.

I’m glad Carrie Fisher left us this piece of her memory but therein lies the problem. As she tells us in Shockaholic, years of electroshock therapy have left her memories diminished which does not make for a good memoir. If you want to reconnect with Carrie Fisher one last time, then this a quick way to do it. If you’re looking for the inside scoop on Star Wars, then I recommend the digital edition of The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film.

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About garpinbc

Author of the forthcoming "Same Love" published by Lorimer, as well as the memoir "Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe", and the YA short, "Haters Gotta Hate".
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