Published in: 2015
Edition read: E-book
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 “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.
I’ve been a fan of Felicia since she was Charlie on Supernatural, and she is awesome. Reading this book, it made me realise not only is Felicia a smart, funny, amazing actress; she’s also a hard-working decent person who is as real as someone can be in that industry. Some memoirs you read these days are full of bragging – the person basically wants to rub in your face just how awesome their life is. They drank this much, smoked that much, slept with this-and-that, parties with name-drop here, and a big secret reveal that makes you go OMG!. Felicia doesn’t name drop much, but when she does, it’s geeky and endearing because these people, they are actually her friends. She doesn’t have a sordid partying past full of drinking, drugs, or sex. She has an addiction to video games, she has battled mental illness and come out swinging, she has an obsessive need to impress people which leads to her putting out great works that fans adore.
In short, her memoir was fantastic to read. She’s a real, down-to-earth person, and it shines through in the memoir. She’s funny as hell- the first few paragraphs are Felicia hovering outside a Build A Bear, going inside, building herself a Santa and donning him in a tutu and bunny slippers, and having an awkward star moment where teens ask for a picture with her, and others ask her who she is, and then still have no clue who she is. It’s awkward, funny, and includes a picture of the Santa creation that had me laughing out loud on the train at 7 in the morning, much to the annoyance to the other passengers.
The rest of the memoir continues in an awkward amusing fashion, and it was the perfect book to read in the stressful lead up to the end of the working year.
You’re never weird rating: 10/10
Would I re-read it? Hells yes. I read the e-book version, but I need to get the paperback version because this is a book I will proudly display on my bookshelf and read repeatedly.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans, obviously. Geeks, obviously. It’s a memoir for anyone who is sick of the jaded, bragging, over-the-top memoirs we get from actors/singers/thefamous these days, anyone who wants to read about a real person who worked hard and was rewarded for her efforts, anyone who has an obsessive personality or struggles with anxiety and depression, to see how one person was able to deal with these and come out ontop. (Not saying this will cure you if you have any of these issues, but sometimes reading that someone else has a similar problem can make you go ‘I’m not alone!’ and that is always a good thing)
Author’s site: http://feliciadaybook.com/