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You're Never Weird On The Internet | Felicia Day | The Litertarian
Felicia Day is basically queen of the nerds. I know her from her role as Charlie on Supernatural, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of her career. I’ve been on a roll reading memoirs recently, and I think this one was my favorite of 2018. Felicia grew up in a loosely home-schooled environment for most of her formative years, turning to video games to comfort her loneliness. Since she convinced her mother to count it as curriculum, she played a lot. Eventually, as an adult, she even became truly addicted. She double majored in college in both Mathematics and Violin, and then moved to LA to be an actress. What a wonderfully quirky start, right? She found some success there, but then turned to writing and producing her own content and releasing it on the internet in order to create what she wanted to see in the world. One thing led to another, and she has basically built an internet empire for herself. That first web video series, The Guild, let to a YouTube channel she founded called Geek & Sundry, while her career as an actress continued to grow, and all the while she has continued gaming (obviously), and has traveling around the world to Comic-Cons to meet with her fans one on one for probably a solid decade. Oh yeah, and she wrote this book. What I loved about this Felicia Day memoir is how actually normal she is. Her life has been nothing like mine, and yet I relate to her on a deep level. She is obsessive, like me; she gets into something and gets really into it. Like, throws her entire self into it and before she knows it her entire living space is filled with what is essentially trash that might become useful as a prop in one of her projects. She is also an anxious wreck, like me; the pattern of her anxious thinking felt so familiar to me, and I knew exactly how she felt in a lot of situations she outlined in the book. She doesn’t let her anxiety rule her though, she has accomplished so much in fields that aren’t easy to succeed in, and though she has had to evaluate how she approaches some of her projects (because, you know, the anxiety thing?), she doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. I listened to this as an audiobook (of course), and it was especially nice to hear Felicia Day reading about her own life (am I saying Felicia Day too much? Her name just has to go together, don’t you think? Felicia Day! And it somehow just makes you happier. What a great name). There are a couple parts where there are what could only be described as sound effects, and it was kind of nice to know what the sound actually was that the author intended. She talks fast, she’s smart, and she’s a powerful woman that generally has her shit together. Sort of. She is also a new mother, just like me (though that part isn’t in the book, since, you know, it happened after). I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs, yes, even if you’re not a gamer or otherwise self-proclaimed internet nerd (which I am not, though I do tend to enjoy The Sims franchise :-D). There’s a lot of interesting stuff for common muggles to enjoy, and I really liked it myself. Pages | 272Publishing Date | 2015Goodreads Page | You’re Never Weird On The InternetBook Depository | Paperback