The young adult fiction market is a hard nut to crack, but I’ve been working on a novel that will surely blow agents away. I call it The Slopes:
Would a publisher bite on that idea, or what? No? Oh, well what if I told you Lauren Conrad, star of MTV’s scripted reality series The Hills, was going to write the book?
Yes, just when you thought you would gouge out your eyeballs to plug up your ears if you had to watch or listen to another thing about Spencer Pratt, HarperCollins’s young adult division signed Conrad to a three-book publishing deal.
Conrad told People magazine:
I’ve got a pretty strong feeling that none of Lauren Conrad’s friends will have to be called out. They star on a reality television show where their asinine hijinks are broadcast for all the world to see. (Asinine hijinks, I might add, that my best friends and sister TiVo every single Wednesday night.)
Conrad is not the first to try her hand at profiting from that old fiction facade, the roman à clef. Lauren Weisberger made millions and millions of dollars on her memoir about her time at Vogue magazine, working as an assistant to Anna Wintour. Oh, I mean on her fictional story, The Devil Wears Prada, about Andrea Sachs who worked for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine.
Maybe I’m being too harsh on Lauren Conrad. Surely her stories won’t be any worse than the Gossip Girl books, which give us such literary gems as:
Conrad’s first book, L.A. Candy, will be out next summer, which means you’ve got, like, 12 whole months to petition your library to buy a copy! I’m telling you now, if the entire book is written in text message-speak, I will burn HarperCollins to the ground. (Kidding. Sort of.)