Saturday, September 24, 2016

*Review* You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Genre: Memoir
Published: August 11, 2015
Pages: 260


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 "home-schooled 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.


I listened to the audiobook version of this book, it is narrated by the author, which was a major selling point for it for me.

So I don't really know who Felicia Day is, but became intrigued by the book when I wrote my Joood's Review on it, for Joood. I'm not normally interested in memoirs written by people I've never heard of, but the blurb for this book intrigued me. I was not disappointed, and actually want to watch The Guild now after listening to the memoir.

My amusement with the story started early on, and was due in large part to my Joood's Review. There's a section where Felicia Day talks about being bestie with a guy because they stood almost next to each other once, which is very similar to "Joood's" claim that she and Felicia are BFF's because they met once. (Joood even thought that I had read the book before writing her review because of that line.) 

Then there was the part of the book where I realized that I am Felicia's mom (not really because she's older than I am). However, my approach to homeschooling my children, up to this point, has been much like her mother's approach to homeschooling her. That shamed me, and I will be doing better (although Felicia turned out pretty awesome, it seems, so maybe it wasn't so bad after all.) 

I could honestly recommend this book to anyone who is mildly interested in gaming culture, particularly RPG's, or who are maybe just a bit on the introverted and awkward side. I laughed, a lot, and familiarity with Actress Felicia Day was not necessary for my amusement. Also, you should really spring for the audiobook. It's worth it. 

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous mainstream television shows and films, including a two-season arc on the SyFy series Eureka. She is currently recurring on The CW show Supernatural. However, Day is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera. She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild, which ran for six seasons and is currently available for viewing on every major digital outlet, including Netflix.

In 2012, she launched a YouTube channel called Geek & Sundry. The network has garnered more than 1.3 million subscribers to date and more than 200 million views. In 2014, the company was purchased by Legendary Entertainment. Day continues to act as CCO and develop web content and television projects with Legendary as a producer, writer, and performer. She is also extremely active on social media, has over 2.3 million Twitter followers, and is the eighth most followed person on Goodreads, where she is also the founder of Vaginal Fantasy, a romance and fantasy book club with more than 13,000 members.

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