What To Expect From Lena Dunham’s Book Deal
No one can put a price on being the voice of their generation. Or at least a voice of a generation.
But while fictional Hannah Horvath waits for her big break, Lena Dunham, the genius behind her all-too-real character, has nailed down a dollar amount for explaining female millennials: $3.5 million from Random House for the publishing rights to her collection of essays, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.”
Despite the heat Dunham has taken for not portraying women of color in her hit HBO series “Girls,” and covering subject matter limited to the first-world problems of middle class college graduates, the battle between publishing companies to print her first book was fierce.
Recently-published autobiographies and essay collections from comediennes, such as Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?” and Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” have hit the New York Times bestsellers list, and Dunham’s is sure to follow suit.
In a statement from Random House, editor-in-chief and publisher Susan Kamil said:
We’re thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House. Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable — fresh, wise, so assured.
Dunham echoed her paycheck, saying she’s
thrilled to be working with and learning from the brilliant minds at Random House, and to be among their incredible roster of authors. I look forward to digging deep …. to produce the most thoughtful and personal book I can.
I prefer a recent Tweet from Dunham:
For better or worse, the Carly Rae Jepsen album expresses a lot of my hard-to-verbalize impressions of love.
From holding underemployed jobs and providing the guy you want to sleep with a place to stay and food to eat while he’s “between projects,” despite the fact he won’t sleep with you, as shown in Dunham’s film Tiny Furniture, to finding out the only long-term relationship you’ve ever had was with a closeted gay guy, Dunham’s sarcastic humor sheds light on the plight of the modern millennial. Sure, you’ve graduated from a good college and your parents can help you while you stumble to get on your feet, but what’s our American Dream?
This may be elaborated on in her upcoming critically acclaimed film Nobody Walks, which follows a young artist who challenges the relationship of the married couple she is living with. Or maybe the rushed marriage between Girls rebel Jessa and Thomas-John in the first season finale will implode fabulously, shattering the notion of happily ever after for the generation who grew up on Disney films.
As Dunham’s character Aura said in Tiny Furniture: “I am in a post-graduate delirium.” And in a world where 53 percent of recent grads are jobless or unemployed, we could use a little humor in our lives.
Written by Lauren Slavin