Would you pay Lena Dunham one million dollars to write a book?
That's the amount that the literary representative for the creator and star of HBO's Girls has set as the "in-house floor" for the rights to her first book. Titled "Not That Kind of Girl: Advice by Lena Dunham," the book will contain a collection of candid autobiographical essays on topics such as sex, relationships, friendship, work, eating disorders, and travel, similar in tone to the pieces she has written for The New Yorker and Rookie.
Although she cites the book Having It All by Helen Gurley Brown as inspiration for her own tome, Dunham disagrees with much of what Brown advised. The introduction to the book is self-deprecating as the 26-year-old questions the idea that she has any wisdom to share, but claims that if her advice can help anyone to avoid making the same mistakes, it will be worth it.
Following the intro, Dunham digs into her personal life and presents brazen tales of losing her virginity, trying to eat properly, and obsessing about death, as well as tips on how to stay focused at work and how not to ruin a relationship. In addition, one section of the book will detail the ways in which older men continue to be sexist and condescending toward women, and she will also describe her most awkward date ever with an older director.
While this book will undoubtedly give her detractors more fuel for the fire, she feels that hers is a story that deserves to be told. But does it deserve a million bucks?