Lauren Conrad gets a three-book deal

In addition to her career as a fashion designer, Hills star Lauren Conrad will now become an author, as a publisher has given her a three-book deal.

For HarperCollins, Lauren will write about “her experiences in Hollywood,” and they “potentially could be developed as a film or TV project,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

So what kind of writer is Lauren? Of course, she excels at writing just as she does at fashion design: Her most recent blog posts get readability levels between 5.74 (“low literate,” the lowest level) and 9.58 (“some high school”).

Update: People reports that she’ll write “a three-book series of young adult fiction” that is “loosely inspired by Conrad’s own experience going from an ordinary teen to a reality TV star.” A fictional version of her life? Isn’t that already on MTV?

Anyway, Lauren told the magazine, “It’s definitely influenced by my own life. The books are about a girl who moves to L.A. and stars in a reality show, so obviously there are some similarities…. I’m not trying to do a fictional story based on all my friends in my real life because their stories aren’t really mine to tell. Some of the characters may symbolize people in my life, but it is in no way calling anyone out.”

Lauren Conrad inks book deal [Hollywood Reporter]
Lauren Conrad Inks a Three-Book Deal [People]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.