12:29pm PT by Andy Lewis
Lauren Conrad Deletes Book-Destroying Craft Video After Negative Backlash (updated)
Lauren Conrad's recent episode of her web-only show Crafty Creations had book lovers so angry that Conrad quickly took down the video as the internat backlash gained momentum.
Conrad touted the project as a "great way to display vintage books or slightly used books and also create a unique storage space."
What had book fans upset is that Conrad created the box by cutting the spine off of nine books to glue to a white cardboard storage box, destroying the books in the process.
(Conrad appears to have used books from the Lemony Snicket series. We want to know: What does she have against the beloved children's series? Also, one commentator on youtube pointed out that the books aren't in order either).
The do-it-yourself project appeared on Conrad's own site Laurenconrad.com, as well as the fashion and beauty site ulookhaute.com.
Buzzfeed called it the "worst craft idea ever." Other books blogs, including GalleyCat picked up the story, and it started to go viral on the internet on the morning of Aug. 16. Within four hours of Buzzfeed posting a link to the video, Conrad removed it.
On youtube, "dislikes" out numbered "likes" 8-to-1 and the comments were pretty scathing.
One viewer, summing up the general tenor of responses, wrote, "Holy sh-t I feel like I'm watching some sort of terrible snuff film."
UPDATE: Buzzfeed now has a copy of the video up.
UPDATE II: Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) responded via his publicist to an inquiry from Slate about Conrad's video, saying:
"It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented."