Published by Touchstone on August 11th 2015
Genres: Memoir, Non-fiction
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.Amazon •
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.
Felicia Day! How awesome was it for The Queen of Geeks to make a cameo appearance on Supernatural? How even more awesome was it that Charlie became a re-accuring character? Her book was on my TBR list as soon as I heard about it!
“If you strive for something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up.”
I wasn’t ever a big player of wOw, not as big as Felicia. My addiction of choice was Ragnarok Online! Anyone who has used (or is using) internet gaming as an outlet can find something in common with the woman behind The Guild. But not only that. Anyone that has used anything as an outlet for depression or anxiety can easily pick up on their own habits and thoughts along side of Felicia’s in her memoir.
She starts the book with her childhood as a homeschooled-hippie-violin-prodigy child that lived in Alabama then in Mississippi (yay for repressing the home state!) and moves on through her very young teen college years, and eventually to her LA years as an actress.
Through the book I feel that Felicia was saying, “Hey, this is who I was, this is who I am, and this is who I’m hoping to become.” She’s very open in this book- clearly explaining her anxieties and depression she struggled with and how she handled them (or didn’t handle them). I can’t explain how inspirational this book became after reading it all the way through! Sure, you can read books about “being yourself” and a load of other school poster quotes, but Felicia Day’s book is in her voice and speaking from her own experience as a geek, a girl, a gamer, and a person still trying to find her notch in society.
***On a side note, the ebook is just not enough and I regret not getting a hardback. I really need get a signed hardback copy of this. It makes my nerdy side want to be back in high school just so I can write a book report on her (though I do have to brag my report on George Lucas was stunning and well received).***
So, geek or not, Felicia Day’s memoir is hilarious and heartwarming and heartbreaking and, well, full of emotions that level up humans during their lifespans. Buy it, read it, then have a Felicia Day marathon!