Upcoming Books from Women in Comedy
It's been two years since Tina Fey took the book world by storm (and got raves from The New York Times), which means it's high time some other funny ladies tried to follow in her footsteps to bestseller lists and publishing glory. It's only natural for this to happen. Once something works (and in a big way), similar projects are bound to follow. We had Mindy Kaling's book last year (which brought Tina Fey up on page one, incidentally) and now, lo! and behold three promising new deals have been made to keep the comedienne train rolling well into 2014 and beyond.
First up is the one I'm least excited about but feel obligated to mention: Lena Dunham, the 26 year-old wunderkind behind HBO's Golden Globe-winning series Girls. It seems only natural
that she'd get a book deal--after all, she's funny, smart, and has a fairly well defined personality (at least among those familiar with the twenty-something Brooklyn hipster set). She's a shoe-in for a big book deal. Yeah, there's potential for backlash, yeah, there are haters, but she's the creative force behind one of TV's most buzzed-about shows. And that's not nothing. The Tina Fey comparisons have already gotten going. The big news here was actually her payday: a reported 3.5 to 3.7 million dollar advance from Random House. Is she overpaid? Will the book turn a profit (for more on that, check out this article, which crunches the numbers for you). Regardless of what you think of her and her show, the heated bidding war her book deal got started says a lot about the project's potential. It would take a lot of effort to screw this one up.
And here's the best part: she's in on the joke. The name of her book? I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Costar. Brilliant. Even better? A Hollywood Reporter article announcing the book deal says that chapters will include topics like "Celebrities I've Peed Next To," "I'm Not America's Sweetheart, I'm America's Best Friend," and "Bad Oscar!"
I. Cannot. Wait. 2014 from Random House. Mark your calendars.
If there's an heiress to Tina Fey's publishing crown, my money is on Amy Poehler. Look for it in 2014.