Want to get a peak of Lena Dunham’s new book? Well, you may have missed your chance. The creator of HBO’s Girls recently sent a cease and desist letter to Gawker after the website posted the 66 page proposal that landed Dunham her $3.5 million book deal with Random House.
UPI reports that Dunham’s lawyer contacted Gawker and told them to remove the file from their website. Gawker complied and removed the book proposal. The website did, however, choose to leave up a few select quotes from Dunham’s proposal.
CNN reports that Dunham is now threatening to sue the website to have the quotes removed.
Gawker has decided to leave the quotes up for the time being. They have also added a little bit of commentary beneath each quote.
“Lena Dunham’s personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham’s proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence is indicative of a nauseating and cloying posture of precociousness that permeates the entire proposal.”
Gawker may have crossed a line when it published the entire book proposal but Dunham, according to Deadline, is now just trying to play hardball with website.
“Look, the publishing industry leaks like a sieve and many book proposals leak to the media … Of course, interest is high in thisproposal that sold for $3.5M by a Hollywood wunderkind. Granted Dunham’s proposal fetched so much money because publishers rightly or wrongly see this flavor of the moment as an influential creative voice for young women. But Dunham now is taking herself way too seriously over 12 unwitty sentences.”
What do you think about Lena Dunham’s possible lawsuit? Are you a fan of Dunham?