Audiobook Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
ashley | Everything Carrie Fisher does seems to leave an impact, but reading through her book The Princess Diarist, especially as an audiobook with Fisher herself reading the audio, was even more powerful since her sad and heartbreaking passing.
My husband is a huge Star Wars fan so I was thrust into this world far more than I was already exposed to once we got married. I’ve heard a lot of the behind the scenes stories and how Star Wars came to be, but hearing them straight from Fisher is far more special. She has such a way to paint a picture, using her sarcasm as the foundation and colouring in the rest of the scene with colourful language and a vibrant description.
This book was much more than I was expecting. I mean, it has little behind the scene stories, it dedicates a great chunk to her time with Harrison Ford, and it even recites parts of her diaries from the time of the first Star Wars. This was all great and expected, but what I wasn’t expecting was the opinions that went along with it. Perhaps that was naive of me, Carrie Fisher isn’t known for biting her tongue, but I still didn’t expect her to be so brutally honest, especially about certain people.
She didn’t gossip, she wasn’t cruel, but her observations and opinions about situations and even about people weren’t sugar coated. Even when speaking about fame and fans, some of what she said was a bit harsh. Though you can’t hold it against her, that’s what she’s love for, being that honest, that up front, calling everything how it is.
My favourite part, though, was when she had her daughter read from her childhood diary that was written while filming the first Star Wars. I was expecting some starry eyed nineteen-year-old ramblings about who knows what, but these words were poetry and fare more mature and observant and aware than Fisher would allow you to believe she was at that age. Because as brutally honest as she is about everyone else, she is just as honest about herself and how lost and naive and unsure she was at nineteen starting out in this little low-budget sci-fi movie.
That is what really surprised me, though it shouldn’t. I love Fisher because she’s relateable, so of course she would have self doubts and insecurities and feel lost in this big world. She just holds herself so well and seems so self aware looking back that it’s hard to acknowledge that she must have felt like that at some point in time. But she wears it like a badge and has no shame in sharing all of this with her reader.
As the book wraps up, Fisher comments a lot about the celebrity that came from her career and how she will forever be remembered as Princess Leia. As iconic as a character as Leia is, it’s this Carrie Fisher who I will always remember, the one who has been through hell and back isn’t ashamed to share her story. Not only isn’t she ashamed, but she will stand tall and make sure she is heard. That’s the kind of princess I look up to.