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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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“[An] inspirational comic memoir . . . to set alongside Tina Fey's Bossypants, Amy Poehler's Yes Please, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl and Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter. Young people of both sexes and every gender should find much to empower them. (Older people, too, for that matter.)” (Los Angeles Times)
“Written in her engaging and often hilarious voice, it's just downright fun to read.” (USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars))
“At last, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) reveals the secret origin story of everyone’s favorite geek super heroine! Felicia Day’s memoir is honest, hopeful, and hysterical. It’s the story of a girl who grew up lost and lonely—then became a self-made internet rock star. Reading it will make you feel like you can take on the whole Empire yourself.” (Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One)
“Relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational to anyone who grew up a geek and continually doubts themselves to this day. That’s a pretty wide audience, if I had to guess. . . . Day’s fans will obviously like the memoir, but it has more than niche appeal. It’s not meant to be a self-help book, but I found that’s the effect it had on me all the same.” (Forbes.com)
“Quirky, uplifting and full of stories about embracing your inner nerd. Day has proven herself to be as talented in front of the camera as she is behind it. It's evident that she's a brilliant businesswoman whose avatar has secured a residence in digital media past, present and future.” (Associated Press)
"Charming and funny." (Marie Claire)
“Day writes charmingly. . . . [She] is delightfully good company and has an interesting story to tell.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A super (and superquirky) memoir.” (Booklist)
“Day’s writing is warm and charming. Fans of her work will gobble this up, but anyone who has ever despaired of finding their passions would benefit from a read as well.” (Library Journal)
“An illuminating, frank look at the commercial realities, injustices and insecurities that everyone trying to earn a living online must confront. . . . Day's unflinching look at the traps she fell into as a ‘success’ are a welcome addition to the canon of ‘how I made it’ stories, and a reminder that we live our own blooper reels and experience other people's highlight reels. . . . It’s a must-read.” (BoingBoing)
“Whether you nerd out on video games, makeup, or musical theater, you'll find it an entertaining source of personal inspiration.” (Refinery29)
“Throughout the entire book, Day offers up all kinds of amazing life advice that will truly impact others, especially young girls, women, those who don't feel accepted, and those who are struggling in life.” (Bustle)
“Reading Felicia Day’s memoir is like going on a road trip with an old friend you never knew you had. This is the perfect book to prove you aren't the only misfit in the world, and to remind you that that's a very good thing.” (Jenny Lawson, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened)
“Smart, brave, emotionally raw, and hysterically funny. This is one of the best books ever written about what it's like to be a human being on the Internet.” (Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians)
“Everything Felicia creates seems to succeed. This book should be no different. It’s a great read—far from ‘horrible’ and worth every ‘Penny.’ See what I did there? It’s a play on . . . never mind.” (Neil Patrick Harris, author of Choose Your Own Autobiography and Day's costar in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
“You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is exactly like Felicia herself: intriguing, funny, vulnerable, and uniquely cool. If you’ve ever been awkward, ever doubted yourself, ever second-guessed who you are, this book is for you. Reading it is like having the quirkiest, most hilarious, most brilliant person you’ve ever met grab you by the shirtfront and say, ‘HEY. IT’S OKAY TO BE YOU.’” (Deanna Raybourn, Rita Award-winning author of The Dark Enquiry)
“Smart, funny, endearing, nerdy, and maybe also a little bit brave—in other words, very much like its author.” (John Scalzi, Hugo Award-winning author of Redshirts)
“Felicia Day gives us an achingly funny, honest, open look at being 'situationally famous,' (I love that phrase), plus the vital art of finding your creative joy, and weathering the storms that follow. It's a wonderful book. Buy it before I grab all the copies.” (Rachel Caine, author of The Morganville Vampires)
“Math nerd defies physics! Felicia Day, who is woven from moonbeams, has written a book that seems lighter than air, but that ends up punching you firmly in the emotions. Felicia lays out a hilarious tale of how her unique upbringing, eclectic skill set, and killer work ethic led to The Guild, one of the pioneering works of online creativity. In the process, she pulls you inside her delicate skull, so that the final moving chapters aren’t as much read as they are experienced. An excellent book.” (Jane Espenson, writer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, and Husbands)
"You're Never Weird on the Internet is fun, hilarious, and impossible to put down. Reading it is like getting a mega-shot of courage -- to be exactly who you are and no one else, to pursue your dreams fearlessly, to embrace your weirdness and wield it like a superpower. If you want to live a life true to yourself and not what others expect of you, you won't find better inspiration than Felicia Day. If you're not one of Felicia's millions of fans yet -- you will be." (Jane McGonigal, author of Superbetter and Reality is Broken)
"I came for the delightful snark, I stayed for the disarming frankness and the hard-won insights about the Internet -- Felicia Day uses the Internet to distribute entertainment, but she understands that it's really there to be the nervous system of the twenty-first century." (Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing and author of Little Brother)
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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Day’s writing style is easy to follow and makes the book a fairly quick read. If you’re in your 30’s, like me, this book is certainly a MUST read, as it takes individuals through familiar transitions of the internet, seeing a screen shot of Prodigy’s original login screen made me get all tingly inside. Even if you’re not in that age range, the way in which Day describes her emotion and experiences with her initial exploration of the internet is sweet and relatable as she finds her peer group and begins engaging in the online experience. Day also engages in a discussion of some of the initial friendships that emerged as a result of her time on the internet Discussion Boards, something very different and much simpler in an earlier time.
If I had I had to think of two adjectives to describe the writing, I would say sincere and sweet; it’s in this voice that the humor is to be found, as Day reflects on her own experiences. Although Day’s narrative talks about her own moments of lacking self-confidence, and who she is in perception to the internet community, it is sincere and not overly pushy or re-affirming in that she needs to just justify her qualifications to the reader, the initial introduction does a good job to serve this purpose. The other element, Day has done some pretty spectacular things, especially her college time as a double major and at such a young age, majoring in male-dominated majors.
Day discusses her own efforts at becoming successful in her field, working on various projects in Hollywood, and then her growing popularity within the online world and fandom worlds. In this process Day discusses her insecurities, as well as a bout with depression and suicidal thoughts that she had during one period of her life. Day’s discussion through depression is really impactful; she identifies that it is a long process, it is not something that magically turned around and it required work from herself and help from others.
The final part to mention is Day talking about the human and personal attacks that occurred in her life as a female gamer, especially around Gamergate. The physical reactions and response, trembling hands, and real fear that people might come to her house, after her home address was posted online, is a real lesson for people to learn and understand; some attacks and the severity associated with it, go beyond frustrating or annoying people, but instills real fear. Day also does a good job of explaining to the non-familiar what some of the issues are with gamer girls and what they face, especially the high level of disrespect and personal attacks. Day is realistic and optimistic about the environment she enjoys, but highlights some of the drawbacks.
It’s a good book; one that I would recommend for persons who are unfamiliar with her and the online genre. It’s writing is clear and she does a good job of explaining context for those who are unfamiliar with the environment.
The book itself is an entertaining, breezy read, and eminently relatable if you grew up as an over-anxious isolated kid during the early years of the internet (which I was), especially if you played the Ultima games (which I did) or struggle with a video game addiction, anxiety, or depression (which I do).
What isn't quite so relatable is the success she's achieved both in spite and because of her quirks and neurosis. I know that my takeaway should have been one of uplifting inspiration to embrace my inner weird and go out create things, other people's opinions be damned. And while that was the general sensation during the read, as soon as I put the book down, it was more like, "If a 4.0 double-major achieving violin prodigy actress head of her own production company struggles this much to only *barely* overcome her inner turmoil, what hope do I have?"
Anyway, I was really excited to read her story about how she got into gaming and acting and such. The book is a fast, easy read, but after four or five chapters I started to get rather down and uncomfortable about how much self-depreciating Felicia Day put in this book. One of her messages to female fans is don't let other people put you down for loving what you love and never stop loving yourself. The thing is, almost every other sentence she gives some sort of dig at herself, or a nasty-nice comment - things that make you really wonder if she believes herself everything she tells to fans. She eases up on herself a bit as the book goes on, but I still felt that feeling of discomfort/feeling bad for her until the end of the book. I suppose it's uncomfortable because it's something that so many of us do. We tell others such encouraging things, but are internally so hard on ourselves.
Felicia also talks about her struggle with self-image and depression and the way she and other females into gaming have been treated poorly by people who call them fakers, sell-outs, and much worse. She is incredibly relatable, especially as she talks about coming of age along with the internet (fellow Prodigy user here!). She made me smile with the the memories of those days and how much has changed since then. She is unflinchingly honest about her experiences and feelings (hence the personal discomfort, probably since some stuff hit too close to home), including her dealings with Gamergate.
By the end of the book, don't be shocked if you see Felicia as someone you want to be best buddies with, to meet up for pizza and a movie and some serious conversation on all things geekery. She's not afraid to show the real her, her real feelings, and let people see the good and the bad that comes with fame and notoriety.