Turns out I’ve been on a reading binge as of late. I just read Furiously Happy: A Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson and today I just read You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. (Both I would highly recommend!) I’ve been looking forward to Felicia’s book ever since she announced it on her YouTube channel. I couldn’t wait to dive into one of my favorite people’s memoirs and learn how exactly they got to the point they are today. I also knew it’d be funny as hell. (And geeky. Because that’s Felicia for you.) I’ve been a fan of Felicia Day ever since discovering The Guild way back in the day. I loved that web series so much and found it to be so different than any of form of media I’d recently consumed. It was also stupidly hilarious. The humor in that web series is so real and raw that you can’t help but feel all the characters to be relatable. I’d follow the show all the way to its series finale and fall even more in love with every Geek and Sundry would do in the not too far future. Through it all, Felicia Day has always been one of my biggest inspirations. Her career wasn’t one she had the option of choosing, she had to create it herself, working hard and putting everything of herself into. She also loves video games, so hashtag relatable.I wasn’t exactly sure what I was to expect when picking up You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). I expected it to definitely be a memoir of sorts, telling us about her life through the digital ages and that’s what I was delivered. Expect it was 1000x more awesome. Felicia Day has such a way with words and for crafting this past stories of her childhood and journey through the hell that can be Hollywood. She doesn’t shy away from the fact that it took quite a long time for her to get to the point of being “famous” and being able to creatively have free range over what she wanted to do with her life.
As a kid, she was a loner, which somehow made me feel all the better about my isolated childhood as well. I stopped feeling alone and more so apart of this “weird iso cool kids” club that doesn’t exist. And I think that’s what Felicia’s point was in writing those parts. Yes, it’s to tell us exactly how she became to be one of the biggest names in the geek world, but it’s also to let us know that we aren’t alone. We might feel like we are, but there’s about thousands more of us weird kids who are just alike and love video games just the same. It’s fan-freaking-tastic and while reading, really just gave me this boost of confidence I felt lacking in. In other words, I could play Left 4 Dead on expert. (Not really. Can you imagine?!)
And while we do get a close up look at Felicia’s life growing up and her complications with Hollywood, we get an inside look at the creation of The Guild, which was probably my most favorite part of the book. Like I said above, I absolutely love The Guild and getting this information I’d never heard of before was such a treat. To realize that The Guild truly preserved because of the fans was just amazing. I also learned where my DVD’s came from, making me cherish them even more. (There’s also an entire chapter dedicated to #Gamergate, which was very educational, especially if you don’t know much on the matter.)I learned a lot from this little book. Whether it be to just truly embrace my weirdness (check) to how The Guild was created to knowing that anxiety is an okay thing, but I definitely need to take some mental health days, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a reading experience like no other. I laughed, I cried (legit), and just fell in love with Felicia Day even more. (In a total “let’s be BFF’s and play WoW” type of way.) I’d highly recommend this to all the weirdos out there wanting a fun, thoughtful, and amazing quick read. I say quick because I read this book way too quick. It’s addicting. You’ve been warned.