Book Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

 

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I couldn’t stop reading it.

Felicia Day has flown mostly below the mainstream radar, but the more she creates and the more I learn about her the more I feel like I’m less weird. That’s one of the essential points to her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost). Quite the title, I know, and it left me with high expectations. It’s pretty fantastic when I can read something that so closely relates to me in so many ways. It’s super fantastic when that work is written by someone who seems to have an inner voice exactly like mine. That’s the feeling I had when, after months of waiting, I was able to finally crack open this book.

First, some context for the geeks in the back of the class that have slept through the last few years of new media creation. Many may categorize Felicia Day as an actress: “You know, that quirky redhead in that one show…” More accurately, she is a content creator, producer, and writer. Oh, she acts too. And she’s a musical prodigy, and she has a degree in Math. And she has been entwined in the social world of the internet since before most of us knew what a modem was. She’s got cred, yo.

As Joss Whedon said in his foreword:

“This is the story of someone who found her place in a corner of the world that literally didn’t exist till just before she showed up.”

If you still need the glittery highlights: Felicia created and starred in the web series, The Guild; co-starred in Whedon’s web series, Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog; had recurring roles in the hit series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eureka, and Supernatural; and has produced, guest starred, and written for several other web shows created under her Geek & Sundry banner. She’s even lent her voice to different gaming franchises including Dragon Age and Fallout.

And then she wrote a book…

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) is an honest and sometimes raw story of one redhead that looks at life as something that needs conquered. Felicia has a wit and tenacity that draws people in. That relatability translates perfectly on the page. She writes as if you’re in the room listening to each charming story, emoting right along with her.

Felicia shares her life on the fringe. From her childhood as a homeschooler to her experiences delving into the social internet when it was still in its infancy to her persistent journey trudging through the scene as an unknown actress in Hollywood: it is all laid bare for her readers and fans.

While this book has charming tales and energetic storytelling, Felicia also tells of her fight with insecurities and anxieties that threatened her very life. She didn’t pursue success, she chased it down and demanded it give up the goods. She did all of this to remain honest with herself and simply do what made her feel the most like her.

Felicia has always felt like a breath of fresh air amid her community of fans and colleagues: she’s approachable, honest, and energetic. These characteristics have been infused into each page of her book. Filled with idiosyncrasies and panache, she has become a role model for geeks, gamers, girls, and anyone interested in content creation. Felicia uses an endearing optimism to share her voice with readers:

“My story demonstrates that there’s no better time in history to have a dream and be able to reach an audience with your art.”

This hopeful statement is a central theme to her story, and readers are encouraged to get this book and learn more about Felicia’s perspective.

IMG_20150817_164606Felicia Day will be touring for her book until August 26.

 

 

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E is a long time blogger about a great and many things people overlook. She likes to connect the dots, fit the pieces together, and showcase the overshadowed... oh, and she likes cookies.