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Lena Dunham's $3.7M book proposal leaks online

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Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO show Girls and overachiever about town, can barely do anything these days without an onslaught of criticism and snark from pretty much everywhere. A few days ago she made an offhand comment about how writing for money was “weird” at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. It didn’t go over well.

Today, Gawker got a hold of her 66-page, illustrated book proposal that landed her that now-infamous $3.7 million deal with Random House back in October.

For those familiar with Girls and Tiny Furniture and Dunham’s amusing tweets, the book proposal reads as very, very her, which is presumably what landed her that hefty advance. But that hasn’t stopped the Internet from poking fun. The Twitter hastag #lenadunhambookexcerpts has been tweeted around nonstop since the Gawker post went up Friday.

Before you snark, though, take a look at the proposal. Designed to look like an etiquette book for young women in the ’60s, it includes pages and pages of Dunham’s experiences and misguided adventures, not to mention a detailed diary of her food intake. And keep in mind that though $3.7 million is certainly a lot of money, in the world of celebrity book deals, it’s not astronomical.

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Originally posted December 7 2012 — 6:59 PM EST

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