You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

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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 "home-schooled 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.

“Knowing yourself is life's eternal homework”

Cute and witty, Felicia Day’s biography was a fun read. She chronicles her life from childhood to current time, focusing mainly on hobbies and the things she thinks makes her ‘different.’

I enjoyed her acceptance of people of all hobbies and interests and the promotion of being yourself. It’s not all false hope since she mentions the very real problems of anxiety, depression, discouragement, and not being accepted – but this in turn makes the impact of the message being more impactual.

Written in a conversation style, there were italics and emphasis’s and inserted tweets/Instagram type photo feels. Since the author was obviously big on the internet, the entire book was written in this type of fashion. This was okay for a while but sometimes I had to take a break.

Some of the subjects I wasn't interested in, which explains it being a three star rating versus four or higher. It was interesting on the ups and downs of her life and how she built her brands up, but while this was cute and quirky it didn’t leave me laughing out loud more than once or twice.

I appreciate the very real subject of negative reviews and comments being soul crushing, and she didn’t hold back on the brutality she was under for rumors of “selling out”. It’s not something I’m familiar with since I wasn’t involved in the gaming world to that degree, but it doesn’t surprise me since the world can be such a rough place. Throw in the people against her being a female in certain positions and stating she was posing, and I could totally see that happening as well when it comes to bullying. Here's one article I found on "Gamergate"

Sadly she never really mentioned Supernatural and didn’t go into as much detail of different acting roles as I figured she would – she mainly focused on online and gaming after the first half of the book.

   Book Quotes:

“There are enough negative forces in this world—don’t let the pessimistic voice that lives inside you get away with that stuff, too. That voice is NOT a good roommate.”


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