Narrator: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon
Length: 6 Hours 17 Minutes
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 11th 2015
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Science & Technology, Personal Memoirs
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From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day comes 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 “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.
Why Did I Listen To This Book?
In the late 2000s, right around the time I finished reading The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, I subscribed to his blog because I was desperate for a sequel and wanted updates as they came. One day, Rothfuss posted a link to this web based series that he was obsessed with – The Guild. Of course being the fangirl that I am, I clicked and was hooked! From that point on, I’ve admired Felicia Day for all that she’s done for the nerdy community. After The Guild finished, I attempted to get into Geek & Sundry, but my time is limited, so that didn’t happen.
When I saw this book on Audible, I knew I had to use one of my precious hoarded credits to buy it. I am one of those people who as you all know LOVES celebrity memoirs. While this memoir is not sordid by any means, it is awesome and reads like your nerdy BFF is telling you about her life and just encouraging you to embrace your creativity and go for. So, really, You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day has turned me into a much bigger Felicia fan than I already was. This book will not have you saying #byefelicia.
What’s The Gist Here?
You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day is pretty much a memoir. It’s about Day’s life growing up in the South and then moving for her father’s job to Mississippi. It’s about being homeschooled. It’s about being a violin prodigy. It’s about how awesome it is to not quite have a formal education and to just sort of be free to learn and create. It’s about how Day found a group of friends through internet gaming and was able to really connect with people. We learn about how the Guild got started and Day’s acting career. I pretty much really loved this book and this glimpse at where Day comes from and how she reached the success that she has now.
How’s The Writing?
I thought that Felicia Day’s writing was quite accessible. Her story is never boring or egotistical. You know how some memoirs can come across as self serving and look at how great and wonderful I am? This memoir does not do that. Instead it is honest and heartfelt and real. There are definitely plenty of laugh out loud and relatable moments in You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) which are characteristic of Day’s quirky and awkward charm. I liked that I could relate to Day’s finding likeminded nerdy friends on the internet and just being unashamed of being geeky. That’s how the book blogging community feels to me.
She also shares this anecdote that sticks with me, of this fork lift operator who brings her fan art that he has created himself. And he says I am not creative at all. And she proceeds to ask him if the fan art existed before he brought it over. He says no. And then essentially she says, you created this, you are creative. I love that. It’s like this book encourages you to follow your dreams and to be a creative person, but also to take care of yourself. There’s a chapter on a dark time in Day’s life where she learns the importance of self care and it is awesome.
How’s The Narration?
Of course, Felicia Day is the perfect choice to narrate her own book. She fills her narration with passion and charm. She does the awkward voice, which I love because I do that too. I love her little asides too, that are in the book but like perfect in the narration. This is a quick, easy to listen to book. It’s one that makes me patient about being stuck in traffic – because it is so entertaining and not at all boring.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Given that Day is queen of the geeks and has this awesome career – yes, yes it is good to be queen.