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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)
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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This book gave me insight to the person and her history. It was fun to know that we shared a similar history. No, I'm old enough to be her mother. But my children shared her history and I through them. We learned the computer from way back with CompuServe, Prodigy (where I met my husband) and various video games and bulletin boards. Her ultimate game was WoW whereas my kids got into EQ. It was fun reading about how it was physically meeting the friends she made online. That experience the kids and I shared. But it was fun to watch the computer evolving with the generation who came of age at the same time.
My children were homeschooled, too. It was interesting to see her thoughts on it. I find that we who were schooled who wasted so many years with more time dedicated to kids with bad behaviors or teachers who bored us to sleep and were still quite socially shy and experienced depression tried to save our children of that. Instead, they blame their very anxiety on not having to school. They don't realize the opportunity they had without all the wasted time. Felicia became a professional violinist. And all these skills she acquired that makes her unique are a direct result from not being squeezed into a mold that schools force children into.
Anyway, I loved being able to listen to Felicia read her own story. It gave, even more, credence to autobiography. I knew I wanted to listen to her read it. But I found that there was no Text-to-Speech. That made me sad because had I not been able to afford the Audible version to whispersynch I would have had no way to enjoy this book. Still, it was delightful to listen to her voice. I wish her the very best in life. She deserves it!
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.
The first time I was introduced to Felicia Day's work was The Guild. I was in-love with it from episode one because it spoke to me, it represented my life at that time. See I am also a "girl gamer" and I have played WoW since around 2007, occasionally taking breaks but I always come back. That's 10 years....I don't even want to know what my /played would report these days. Anyways I related to The Guild, I loved it. In 2009 I was lucky enough to meet a co-worker who was also a gamer and female. While at work, sitting in our cubes side by side, we would quote lines from The Guild to each other. So I am a big fan. I wouldn't have even known Felicia Day from Buffy because I didn't even watch Buffy until 2012 for the first time ever. Anyways I think the fact that I am a fan of Felicia Day's because of The Guild made me really love this book. Because her work on The Guild and every thing leading up to that is such a big part of this book. But not only that. Her early days as a gamer really speaks me to me. I totally relate. I grew up with a brother that is only 15 months younger than me. Growing up we ALWAYS played video games together. Seriously we were playing Frogger, Pitfall and Asteroids on the Atari when I was 5 or 6. My brother always had the latest gaming console, latest games, I've literally played everything. I even remember playing Madden football with him, as long as he would set the weather to snow. Anyways I am getting a little off topic, the point is I loved that Felicia Day talked about her early days as a gamer in this book. Growing up you didn't meet many girls that liked video games. And even though it's a little more common these days, it's still kind of rare.
While reading this book I wanted to get a highlighter out and highlight everything I wanted to remember so I could quote it in this review. I didn't do that. Some part of me can't "destroy" a book that way. Had I bought the kindle version instead of the physical copy, things would have been different. Felicia mentions her gaming addiction to World of Warcraft in this book. I have known these people. In fact for a time of my life I may have been one of these people. Not long after I started playing WoW I joined a guild with really serious players. We ran raids at least 4 times a week. There were days when I got home from work, went right to my computer, logged on, started raiding and stayed up way later than I should have just so we could "try to kill this boss one more time". As Felicia Day says in this book I was a "full-time addicted employee of World of Warcraft". A lot has changed since those days, my guild who were older gamers to begin with have mostly stopped playing. Most days I play completely alone, collecting pets, mounts and appearances. But how Felicia explains her playing habits is exactly what it used to be like for me. Except I had a full time job at the time so I couldn't spend as much time as she did on the game. However when I was sitting at work sometimes I was day dreaming about when I got home and could play. Felicia also mentions what it's like to be a female gamer in a space mostly occupied by males. In WoW I get called "dude" a lot because others assume I am male. I don't correct them. I also game on xbox, mostly Diablo III, and when I group with random people I usually keep my microphone off. The few times I have actually talked to the other players it's always the "whoa it's a girl" and all these guys immediately want to add you as a friend. Lucky for me my husband is a gamer, my brother is still a gamer and I have made some good friends while gaming so I don't have to do random groups too often.
I really admire Felicia for opening up the way she did in this book, giving us this really personal glimpse into her childhood, into her life. It's always interesting to read about someone, who is famous, but who you can totally relate to. Reading about someone and thinking "They are really not that different from me". And honestly, I am not sure how but I missed the entire GamerGate thing. I guess during the time period of GamerGate I was not gaming, in fact I was taking online classes and so focused on that that I wasn't on the regular interwebs that often and just missed it. Which I guess was a good thing.
Felicia mentions her awkwardness when meeting famous people when The Guild first started getting really popular. If I was ever a celebrity, I would definitely have been like she was. I've only ever met one famous person in my life. Well ok, it was whole band. I had won a meet and greet with the band before the show. There was a whole five of us there to meet the band and we had something like 30 minutes. I brought a birthday card for the lead singer because it was his birthday that day. He spoke to me and I almost went speechless. The other people were taking all these pictures with the band members, having casual conversation and I was standing beside the band's security guy talking to him. Finally the lead singer teased me about being so shy and nervous, I took one picture with the band. I still look back on that (that was 8 years ago) and think of all the things I should have said, should have done. But eh, what can you do. So thanks Felicia, good to know I am not the only person that gets totally bassackwards in situations like that.
So here it is, my final review. I really enjoyed this book. For me this book reads the same as if Felicia was telling you the story in person. I mean, she wrote it, so that makes sense right? If you are a true fan of Felicia's, especially if you loved The Guild then I think you will love this book. It's a really great intimate look at her life from childhood to present day. All of the ups and downs, everything she went through trying to get The Guild up and running. So many things I didn't know. In fact I am going to re-watch The Guild soon just to look at the background. Felicia is very easy to relate to. In fact I think we could have been good friends. If we weren't both introverts. Maybe we could have played WoW together? No, that wouldn't have worked either because she played Alliance and I play Horde. Oh well in another life somewhere we could have been friends. I added too many quotes to Goodreads from this book. There are many laugh out loud moments and melancholy as well. Definitely my favorite memoir that I have read to date.
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Many laugh out loud and cringe worthy moments.
Felicia Day's narattion was absolutely captivating.Read more