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Lena Dunham Sells First Book for $3.7 Million!

Lena Dunham Sells First Book for $3.7 Million!

Lena Dunham speaks on stage at In Coversation: Girl Power for The New Yorker Festival on Sunday (October 7) at Acura at SIR Stage37 in New York City.

The 26-year-old Girls creator and actress just made her first major book deal for a whopping $3.7 million, according to the New York Daily News.

Lena sold the book to Random House and it will be tentatively titled “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.” It will be a collection of humorous essays in the style of Tina Fey and David Sedaris.

Also pictured inside: Lena at The New Yorker Festival party later that evening.

WILL YOU READ Lena Dunham’s book “Not That Kind of Girl”?

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22 Comments

# 1

Nepotism and white privilege gets book deals and tv show and more fame.

# 2

She is racking in the $$$$$$

# 3
Wild Child @ 10/08/2012 at 1:13 pm

@Sayer: Reverse racism???

# 4
Josephine @ 10/08/2012 at 1:17 pm

She really has a lot of success, especially for a girl her age. But one thing bothers me – I don’t understand why she tries so hard to make herself look ugly. She is not a model-type but she has nice enough face and proportional body-shape but thanks to those ugly, ill-fitting clothes, lack of bra, awful hairstyle and tatoos, she looks 10x worse than she should be. I’m all for being natural and not to obsess over fashion and not to feel the need to be a size 0 and wear make-up 24/7 to feel attractive, but she exaggerates on the other side. She is like an opposite Victoria Beckham and I found them both equally ridiculous. Trying so hard to look ugly instead of just being oneself is not empowering, it’s just a hipster BS.

# 5
wandalismus @ 10/08/2012 at 1:38 pm

@Josephine: couldn’t have said it better

# 6

Out of curiosity, to find out what the fuss was all about, my wife sat through a run of the first season and said the show was gross, classless and low-rent.

Guess we older folks are living in a different age.

# 7

I’ll read her book! I like Lena. A lot. She’s different.

# 8

@Josephine: She’s not trying hard to look ugly, but she’s certainly not putting a great effort into her looks. I like that. There are enough who do.

# 9

I think she speaks to a certain demographic, that’s maybe prevalent in New York City, and that’s why she’s popular there, and is branching out elsewhere. But in case you’re not a rich, white kid and dare I say, a hipster of sorts, then you’re not really going to be able to relate. I think she’s smart, articulate and creative, but does she speak for me? No.
And while I can’t say that her parents got her all this fame and fortune, I can say that it probably didn’t hurt.

She went to the same school as me, and I can say that she was a complete hipster back then. And we all write about what we know. And so it’s no wonder that she’s making hipsterish movies. I just am really tired of hispters, and I think that deep down inside, they believe they’re more special, and more creative, and unique than other people. Not saying she’s like that, but I can say that any movie/show that even remotely shows hipsters, or the idea of them, makes me a bit nauseous. They think that because they live in New York City, or neighborhoods like WIlliamsburg, or Greenpoint, they’re somehow instantly creative, mysterious, unique, special and gifted. And that’s just not the case. It’s not where you live, it’s who you are. A kid in Africa could be easily just as gifted, and talented as a kid in Brooklyn, he just might not get the same attention or opportunity, because his parents aren’t artists, and because he’s far away from the artsy film world.

She went to the same school as me, and I can say that she was a complete hipster back then. And we all write about what we know. And so it’s no wonder that she’s making hipsterish movies. I just am really tired of hispters, and I think that deep down inside, they believe they’re more special, and more creative, and unique than other people. Not saying she’s like that, but I can say that any movie/show that even remotely shows hipsters, or the idea of them, makes me a bit nauseous. They think that because they live in New York City, or neighborhoods like WIlliamsburg, or Greenpoint, they’re somehow instantly creative, mysterious, unique, special and gifted. And that’s just not the case. It’s not where you live, it’s who you are. A kid in Africa could be easily just as gifted, and talented as a kid in Brooklyn, he just might not get the same attention or opportunity, because his parents aren’t artists, and because he’s far away from the artsy film world.

I think Lena and her work are both overrated. :/
I mean, I like it, but it’s not that good.

well she speaks to people. I think her not caring for her looks is a stage of life. I went throughthat in my early 20;s where I was tired of conforming to needing to look together all the time and let my self go more au naural! I eventually stated caring more again as I got older.

@autumn: She’s not pretty so what could she really do to improve? And I think she knows that so she doesn’t even try.

New Yorker @ 10/08/2012 at 5:27 pm

Living in New York, I can say that she is a voice for a certain demographic. NY is a mosaic and includes the boroughs not only Manhattan or the “Ohio” parts of Brooklyn. good for her though. She’s like Diablo Cody..

@DB: Good lord. Dunham wishes she had a tenth of the talent of Fey or Sedaris. The cult around her is baffling: her series is unfunny and annoying and her persona is schlubby and smug, and yet the media and a certain demographic deify her. No talent, no looks, no style – I don’t get what the huge deal is either.

This book advance is the grossest thing out of publishing since 50 Shades of Gray.

I don’t like her. There is no diversity on her show that is set in the most diverse city in the world and I’m just over her whole attitude. She made $3.7 Million? Good for her, it can’t buy her any kindness or awareness so really I don’t care.

‘Could be’ not ‘should be,’ #4. What’s it to you?

@DB:
i’m 26 and I think it’s gross too. I don’t get why everyone is loving that show so much. Watched the first season and got bored :/ just my opinion.

She is 26?? She really really looks older – especially in these photos.

You can tell she’s very articulate and intelligent, but she talks in a very sort of monotonous-putting you to sleep type of way, and she has very little expression on her face when she’s talking, so yea…I don’t really get the amazement over her, but those are hipsters for ya.

chickadoodledoo @ 10/09/2012 at 4:41 pm

I wouldn’t want her face, body ‘talent’ even if you paid me 3 million!!!

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