Lena Dunham Is Writing an Interactive Romance Novel During Coronavirus Social Distancing
Read the first chapter of Verified Strangers now on Vogue.com
If you’re looking for a new book while social distancing, Lena Dunham has got you covered.
The actress, 33, is “writing an interactive serialized romance novel” for Vogue and dropping a new chapter on their website every day.
Verified Strangers follows Ally, a frustrated singleton who navigates the dating scene in Los Angeles. The first chapter was posted on Vogue.com Monday.
“I know it can get a little stir-crazy, and I think the best way to keep community is through shared storytelling,” Dunham said in an Instagram post announcing the project.
Readers have a say in how the story ends, too: you can choose what Ally does next by voting on Vogue’s Instagram polls every Tuesday and Friday.
“A romance novel is the pulpiest and most distracting fun you can have and a medium I’ve long wanted to work in (probably since I stole Forever by Judy Blume out of my babysitter’s backpack; it’s not Danielle Steele, but it was the sexiest thing I’d ever read.),” Dunham tells Vogue.com. “So let’s create one together. I’ll write, but you’ll be able to vote and your vote counts. Together let’s try and urge Ally toward the right lover — and connect to each other in the process.”
Dunham is currently living in London to prepare for her next movie, according to Vogue.com. She moved to Wales last summer to shoot the new HBO series Industry about the “cutthroat world of international finance,” she announced at the time.
Earlier this week, the actress shared her list of “ideal isolation activities” on Instagram, including reading long-form articles, painting, meditating and learning the dance from Miley Cyrus’ Black Mirror episode.
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