Carrie Fisher’s career did not stop after her iconic role as Princess Leia (General Leia) Organa in the Star Wars franchise. Fisher (21 October 1956 – 27 December 2016) was also a writer, with work spanning novels, memoirs and scripts. In fact, when she wasn’t on screen playing our favorite Rebel Princess, she was rewriting Leia’s lines for The Empire Strikes Back.
Her semi-autobiographical novels (Postcards from the Edge (1987)–and it’s unofficial sequel The Best Awful There Is (2004), Surrender the Pink (1990) and Delusions of Grandma (1993)) feature female protagonists who struggle with fame, show business, addiction and finding their place within their families. Barring Surrender the Pink (a romance novel), Fisher doesn’t really write genre fiction, yet she remains one of the first voices of female-driven SF. Because of Fisher’s portrayal of Leia Organa, generations of girls will continue to grow up knowing that the princess and the hero can be the same person. Even better, Fisher never rejected Leia as she aged. While Fisher was clearly a different person than the role she played, to Star Wars fans, Leia could be more real because that the actor who played her continued to belief in the power of that character and the importance of that role.
To honor Carrie Fisher’s life, read her books. And if her fiction titles don’t strike a chord with you, try one of her memoirs:
Wishful Drinking (2008): based on her one-woman Off-Broadway show
Shockaholic (2011): a memoir about her depression and electroshock treatment, Fisher retains her iconic humor and wit, while still being vulnerable
The Princess Diarist (2016): want to go behind the scenes on the set of Star Wars A New Hope? Fisher uncovered the journal she kept from when they were filming.
For more information on all of Fisher’s books, take a look at this list from The Verge.
May the Force be with you, Carrie.