Felicia Day has been one of my favorite actresses ever since I first saw her on The Guild. My husband and I hadn’t been married for very long when we saw the show. But it popped up on the Xbox 360 one day and I was like “THAT. LET’S WATCH THAT.” Because the title made me think of World of Warcraft and I loved WoW at the time (OK. I still do.) Little did I know that reading her book You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) would promote Felicia Day from favorite actress in my mind to favorite HUMAN BEING.
Did I just spoil whether this is a good review or a bad review? Oh well. Keep reading anyway!
Felicia’s memoir is an excellent window into her life, her career, and best of all, what she thought about it all. I love the way she writes, because I feel like she’s sitting across from me and talking to me personally. And in my mind, the whole time, I’m answering and saying things like “yes! I homeschooled too and totally slacked off! I know what you’re talking about!” Because I did, but unfortunately I never became a child prodigy like Felicia. Someone should’ve bought me a violin, dang it.
And I LOVED reading about all the makings of The Guild. Like I said, I was a big fan of the show and it’s so much fun to see how it all came together. Of course I had to go back and re-watch The Guild after reading this book so I could match what I read with what was happening in the show. Like how they filmed the majority of the show in Felicia Day’s own home and all the props were things she swiped from her friend’s houses or she found in the trash. And I get to share all of this information with my husband and he loves me even more for my random The Guild facts, I’m sure.
Felicia also shares with us about her love for World of Warcraft…I’ve written about WoW before. It’s the game that got me back into gaming and inspired my love for fashion. So it’s awesome to read about another girl loving this game and being absolutely confused about it at first. (I totally ACCIDENTLY ninja’d an item in a dungeon. Huge oops! My dungeon anxiety still won’t let me live that one down.) But Felicia’s love for WoW turned into an obsession and it’s interesting to read how she dealt with it and re-gained control of her life.
What I really didn’t expect from reading You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) is how INSPIRED it would make me feel. I could relate to the struggle she felt when she tried to write the TV pilot for The Guild. The procrastination, playing video games instead, and basically making every excuse not to even TRY. Felicia’s book is the main reason why I decided to write for NaNoWriMo this past November. Her words inspired me to just jump in and DO IT. And I finally wrote the book that’s been rumbling around in my head for years. It’s totally terrible and needs a lot of work, but I wrote it. So thank you Felicia for giving me the kick in the butt that I needed.
Get this book and read it guys. You’ll be able to relate to Felicia if you’ve ever felt anxious about life and your career choices, if you’ve ever been addicted to video games, if you’ve ever felt like a true weirdo on this planet. And even if you haven’t, I guarantee that you’ll still enjoy reading about Felicia’s experiences. She’s real, she’s honest, and she’s a kick-ass inspiration for every girl (and boy!) out there.
Besides, George R. R. Martin wrote a paragraph of praise at the beginning of the book and he didn’t kill off a single character in the process! That, in itself, is amazing.