Twitter’s funniest princess: how Carrie Fisher ruled the internet

There’s something horribly sad about reading through the Twitter timeline of a famous person after their death; doing so feels both heartbreaking, and a little morbid.

In the case of Carrie Fisher, however, the strangeness of reading things a dead person wrote while very much alive is undercut by frequent laughter.

While many people are funny, vivid and charismatic in “real life”, not all  such people “translate” to the internet. But Fisher did so effortlessly.

Perhaps it was because she was a writer – her first book, the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, was published in 1987; her last, the memoir The Princess Diarist, was released this year – but her sense of humour, spot-on, often caustic observations and natural eccentricity made her the perfect “internet” celebrity.

She connected directly with her ardent admirers, and relished in the title, bestowed upon her by her fanbase, of “space mom”.

Online, as in life, she was warm, witty, outspoken impulsive … and usually accompanied by her dog Gary (a bona fide internet celebrity, of course, in his own furry right).

Here are some of our favourite Carrie Online moments:

When she summed up how we all feel about the Star Wars “canon”, and what falls (and doesn’t fall) into it: