I didn’t grow up as a Star Wars fan. In fact, I didn’t see the original trilogy until I was an adult. Therefore I don’t have the same emotional connection to the movies or their actors in the way that hardcore fans do. However, all of the hoopla surrounding the end of the Skywalker story has gotten me more interested in the whole Star Wars universe (pun???). Carrie Fisher’s audiobook version of The Princess Diarist accompanied me through all of my holiday travels and shopping. I found her to be a wonderful companion and I’m sad that she’s gone.
This book is most known for officially revealing Fisher and co-star Harrison Ford’s affair while making the original trilogy. I remember seeing the headlines a few years ago when the book came out and it seemed like kind of a tacky thing to reveal, possibly as a cynical money grab. Fisher addresses both points in the book. To paraphrase her, it’s history by now, and who cares? I do think that’s a fair enough point, because as Steve Martin writes in Born Standing Up, it’s not really an autobiography if the subjects were different people back then.
Fisher is also a fantastic writer, and the book as a whole is about her experience with Star Wars and fame specifically. It includes original journal entries from the time peppered in with current thoughts and commentary. (A wonderful touch to have her daughter, Billie Lourd, read the entries. She’s fantastic in Booksmart, by the way.) tt would’ve been impossible for Fisher to explain fame and her Star Wars experience without talking about Harrison Ford. Understood in that way, her focus on Ford makes sense.
What I appreciated the most about Fisher was her honesty. I don’t think she could help but speak her mind, and that compulsion forces the reader to face their own truths, as well. What I appreciated second-most was her sense of humor.
I can see why she found a lot of work as a script doctor, and I’m definitely interested in listening to more of her books, just to spend some more time together.