Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: August 11th, 2015
Format: Hardback, 262 pages
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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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.

If you're into nerdy shit you probably know who Felicia Day is. I was first introduced to the Queen of the Geeks from Dr. Horrible's Singalong blog, and I started finding out more about her. Hence my discovery of the awesomeness that is The Guild, which I'm actually re-watching now. Day talks a lot about the early days of The Guild in her memoir, and you get an inside look into how it happened. And how it almost didn't happen. That was definitely a highlight of the book that I really enjoyed. 

Day's memoir is written for the internet crowd, complete with memes intersected throughout her story. I really liked the style of it, and even though I was reading it, I felt like I could hear her voice in my head. It was like you were having coffee with an old friend.

Ready Player One really made me want to get back into gaming, but this book really made me want to play all the games!! Which, I don't know if it was the point, because she does talk at length about her unhealthy obsession with playing WOW 24/7. I may or may not be having that problem with Dragon Age Origins right now, so this chapter really spoke to me. 

Day also explains a lot about her mental health issues, and really goes into detail about how it has affected her career and personal relationships. So I don't think this book is just for gamers, because I think anyone struggling with social anxiety could definitely relate to the struggle she was going through. I really enjoyed this part of her memoir, because it broke down the stigma of mental illness. 

What I loved most about this memoir, and what I think was the main message is that Day never compromised who she was. I think she wants to send the message to be yourself and if someone doesn't like it, make them like it. When Hollywood didn't want her as she was, she DIYed that shit and was able to make a career out of it. Day never changed who she was to fit at fold that Hollywood wanted her to be, and I think that's a message that a lot of people need to hear.

Happy Reads Everyone!