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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), by Felicia Day

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Series: Standalone
 Biography, Non-Fiction
Published: August, 2015
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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.”

Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  5 / 5
Format:  Hardcover
Started:  December 27th, 2015
Finished:  December 28th, 2015
Wine Pairing:  Pinot Grigio.  Something dry and sexy that still makes your cheeks pucker and eyes water.  Because that is this book.

I’m not sure how you could read this book and not fall in love with Felicia Day, regardless of how you felt of her before. I went in with a huge appreciation for what Felicia stood for, how she stood for it, and how she holds herself. Now that I’m finished, I’m feeling a little raw and so unbelievably proud of Felicia. All of us “invisibles” (aka. not-even-remotely-popular/famous-people) have no idea what the people we admire go through, and will continue to go through. Here, we can step in for a little bit and realize that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, and that it takes a shit-ton of work – not so different from life for the rest of us even though that’s not what we may originally think.

I’ve played World of Warcraft, and I love World of Warcraft.  I’m absolutely terrible, but I keep coming back to play solo and wander the worlds on my own becuase I have no idea how to socialize on the internet.  I admire Felicia for making friends and meeting them in real life.  I can’t even do that with people I used to be friends with, let alone complete strangers!   You go girl!

“I love crafting. Knitting, decoupage, scrapbooking, any “lady-ish” art form, I’m a fan. For about six months each. Then I shove all the supplies in a closet, alongside the skeletons of long dead New Year’s resolutions, like saber fencing, playing the ukulele, and Japanese brush painting.”
 – You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), by Felicia Day

Not only do I relate way to much to this, but also to her entire chapter about her WoW experience.  I’ve never been that addicted, nor have I levelled fully or been an active player in a guild, but I related too much regardless (I have had this reservation standing guard in the back of my mind, as I was warned the addiction was too real when I first started).  And so I shall worry and regulate my usage because that much WoW is deteriorating and mind-numbing and I definitely have that kind of personality.

However, despite her gaming and Internet experience, the part that I related the most to was the struggles that come with personal growth.

“Yeah, yeah, success is a ladder, a marathon instead of a sprint and all that crap. Everyone can TELL you stuff like that, but you really have to understand advice in relation to YOURSELF, or it’s all just nice intellectual theory.”
– You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), by Felicia Day

People don’t realize, after they’ve known you for a month or two, how much you’ve gone through internally to become that “bubbly” person they know.  They don’t know, nor do they understand.  Going into something blind, not knowing what you’re getting into, and just going with it until you’re someone completely different is terrifying.  Sometimes you don’t even know it happened, and you don’t until you see someone you hadn’t seen in a while and they look at you like they never recognized you.  Hopefully it’s for the better, but unfortunately, sometimes it’s for the worse.  But no matter what anyone says, good or bad, you’re left with that nagging thought in the back of your mind that maybe it wasn’t for the best.  Those people you admire from long ago who no longer talk to you, were they right?  Were you better before?  Should you have made those decisions?  Gone down that road?

But you can’t change choices, and you can’t go back.  So you worry.

You’re never sure if it happens to anyone else, but knowing that it does happen makes you feel so much better about yourself.  And as stupid as it sounds, it does make you feel better to know that the people you idolize are still just humans like the rest of us.

Each page of Felicia Day peels away a layer of the protective shell we build up around ourselves as we relate to what she shares of herself.  No matter your walk of life, there’s something to be heard from Felicia Day, and we can all laugh or cry with her as we read her books.

If there’s something you think is missing, this may be it.