‘Girls’ Star Lena Dunham Signs $3.5 Million Book Deal: Other Stars Turned Novelists (GALLERY)

Lily Harrison | October 9, 2012 - 5:30 pm

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Lena Dunham, the star of HBO’s Girls, has just sold her book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, to Random House for more than $3.5 million.

After a heated pursuit between publishing houses for the screen actress’ debut novel, Dunham chose to call Random House her literary home.

Random House editor-in-chief and publisher, Susan Kamil, said in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House. Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable — fresh, wise, so assured. She is that rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author.”

What other celebs have penned novels?

Dunham, 26, is among many of Hollywood’s stars turned novelists in the recent years.

The Hills stars Whitney Port, 27, and Lauren Conrad, 26, have both written bestsellers. Conrad’s L.A. Candy hit bookshelves in 2009, while Port’s True Whit was released in 2011. Both girls have had overwhelming success from their respective novels.

James Franco, 34, penned Palo Alto, a collection of stories about a group of troubled Californian teenagers and misfits. Franco, who is from the Californian town of Palo Alto, created a group of dark, compelling, and somewhat disturbing tales in his 2011 novel.

Former Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel, 41, is a three-time bestselling author with her self-help hits: A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish.

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Take a look through the gallery above for a list of the latest celebrities to become novelists and sound off in our comments section below.