You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Reading You’re Never Weird on the Internet feels like Felicia Day is sitting next to you telling you her life story. It’s fun and personal and feels like a secret look into the media world taking the most improbable route possible.
Publisher’s Description: From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.
The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.
After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.
Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.
Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Disclosure: I’d watched the first year of Felicia Day’s internet video series back when it came out and since then I have seen her in shows and movies. I’ve also heard her speak at conventions and had her sign this book the week it came out. I say this so you know that I knew who Felicia Day was before I read her autobiography and I’m a bit biased!
Who should read this book: anyone who enjoys watching Felicia Day and wants to know more about her life will absolutely enjoy this book. In addition, if you like reading autobiography’s in general, this would be a fun read only because it’s timely and the writing feels personal.
Who would get the most out of this book: besides the general quantifier of “geeks who play MMO’s & D&D” (you know who you are), she also had a very recent personal experience related to “gamer gate”. This was an attack on women in gaming by trolls on forums. If you don’t understand that last sentence, you will not get the full impact of the last few chapters although she does a great job of explaining it. This all happened in 2014, so again, this is a very recent autobiography. The rest of her life story is full of references to popular movies and books common in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy community and a lot of internet and online gaming memes. Having knowledge of these items really added to the understanding and enjoyment of her story.
As far as life stories go, this one was really unexpected in this day and age in both where she came from and grew up to how she reached the point in her life she is at today. The way the book is written really pulled me in. I’ve started a few autobiographies and I have never finished them. But Falicia’s book with the silly stories and actual family pictures of herself along with the quick pace of her writing kept me reading. As I mentioned earlier, she is constantly sliding in jokes that someone familiar with contemporary movies and books will relate to.
Another fun part of the book is her name dropping of famous people in the current geek culture. I had the impression she was a little embarrassed to do this, but it’s her life and those are the people she works and hangs with, so she really had no choice. This really doesn’t happen until the last third of the book, but it added a fun touch to the ending. Finally, the juicy parts!
One item I did notice, this isn’t a book about sex and relationships. Instead it is about how she made it to this point in her life. I really couldn’t tell how many boyfriends she had (she’s not married now) or if it was the same guy the entire time. I just thought that was odd, because some of her personal items she dealt with would have really been hard on a relationship. If the same guy stuck around, he’s a pretty standup guy. I meant to ask her when she signed my book, but I immediately became star struck and forgot how to speak.
I would definitely give it a four out of five rating for a fun and quick read, especially if you know the world she lives in. It’s definitely her first book, so some issues with flow and tempo, but I don’t have many biographies in my lexicon to compare it to (and none that I’ve finished), so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. Oh, and if you’re a huge Felicia Day fan, I’m guessing you would give it a five out of five… but then, you wouldn’t be reading this review anyway…
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