The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

May 17

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

This book was bittersweet, as it was published mere months before Carrie Fisher suddenly passed away at the very young age of 60. I am a big Star Wars fan; my dad took me to the movie when it first came out, and I have been a fan ever since. This book was a unique peek into the casting process and making of that first flick. Did the then 19-year old have any clue how huge the movie would be and how she would be inextricably linked to the Princess Leia character for the rest of her life? No way. No one did.

The bulk of the book addresses Ms. Fisher’s secret affair with Harrison Ford. I now wish I hadn’t read it; Han Solo is now a bit tarnished for me. At the time, Harrison Ford was in his thirties and married. Ugh, I loathe a cheater. The book also has several actual excerpts from Carrie Fisher’s diary at the time. The writings are in large part sophomoric (understandable, as she was a teen) and ruminating about her co-star and her own insecurities. Painful.

It’s all a matter of touch and go

Cause he’s one for all and all for show

But after all was said and almost done

I was playing for keeps and he was playing for fun

Ugh, it takes me right back to high school days, unrequited love, and the angst of it all.


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