You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Author: Felicia Day
Narrator: Felicia Day
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: 11th August 2015
Genre: Nonfiction / Memoir
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?—a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks,” Felicia Day, 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…almost.
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 the world of Internet-geek fame and Goodreads book clubs.
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 instant 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 life is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.
About The Author
So yes this has been out for a while and I happened upon the audio-book version so I got it on a whim because I had fancied reading it at some point. I’m not a fan of audio-books normally because I find them too slowly narrated and I always seem to lose concentration when I have the opportunity to be doing something else whilst listening. I also don’t really read memoirs or autobiographies very often but it turns out that listening to a memoir is actually pretty good. I felt like I didn’t need to keep completely focused because Felicia Day narrating her book was like having a casual conversation. I’d be quite rude in this scenario I’ve invented as I found myself scrolling through social media and shopping sites as she was chatting but I kept up with what was going on.
My exposure to Felicia Day is mainly from The Guild, which I adored. As a pretty hardcore WoW player once upon a time, I loved the fact she was also a self-confessed gaming addict and that show was so genuine about the online gaming culture. I also loved Dr Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog and some of the videos on her channel Geek and Sundry.
So this book. As I mentioned, I don’t really like memoirs. What I did like about this book was how absolutely genuine Felicia Day was and I’m glad I listened to this rather than read because her narration emphasised how real her stories were.
I loved that she was so open about her anxiety and depression. This was something I never knew about her and I had only thought of her as a confident and incredibly talented person. The fact she struggled with the same issues that many other people do was quite humbling and made me see her in a different light.
This book was heartfelt and insightful whilst being funny and totally relate-able. As far as memoirs go, this is one I’d recommend to even non-fans of Felicia Day.