Update: Lauren Conrad has since removed the video, and Lemony Snicket responded to Slate: "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."
Sometimes artists have to suffer for their craft, and sometimes books have to suffer for Lauren Conrad’s crafts. Deal with it. But not everyone understands why The Hills star would take an X-Acto knife to the covers of a number of A Series of Unfortunate Events books for a project on her Crafty Creations web show.
“This is a great way to display vintage books or slightly used books and also create a unique storage space,” LC explains. All you have to do is cut off the front and back covers and all the pages out. (You can keep the pages for a “fun decorating idea” for later.) Then you glue all the spines to the box, and voilà! Easy storage and a pile of recycling.
Some commenters on Lauren’s YouTube page who couldn’t understand how kitschy and cool the book box is responded with dismay, confusion, and rage. One poster quoted the books’ author, writing, “’There are few sights sadder than a ruined book.’ — Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window. This video makes me weep.” Another wrote, “Kill me now! She wrecked my childhood books and didn't even put them in the right order!”
Clearly, some people feel this is Lauren’s greatest crime against literature since LA Candy, but we know she’s just a misunderstood artiste. Someday, those book boxes will be in a museum.
Source: Lauren Conrad’s YouTube, Slate