You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost): Book Review

October 31, 2016

Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

Author: Felicia Day

Published: 2015

Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber

Pages: 304 (paperback)

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, the actress and YouTube pioneer, is an autobiographical account that centers around comedy even in the face of some serious topics. For those who are not familiar with the informally dubbed “Queen of the Internet,” click these links to visit her Geek & Sundry and Felicia Day channels. Felicia Day’s first book is a funny, honest, and relatable account of growing up as a nerd (I empathized immediately) and building success from the very qualities that the “cool” (and ultimately foolish) kids once mocked.

Felicia Day’s propensity for video games, books, and general geek culture is a central theme in her autobiography that allows her to immediately connect with her target audience. A great deal of her childhood (and homeschool curriculum, it would seem) was spent obsessing over PC games such as the classic Ultima. Felicia Day generally credits her homeschooling and corresponding lack of socialization as major reasons that she is “weird,” and she provides plenty of evidence! True to form, she presents several chapters about her childhood that include snapshots of her super secret diary and epic tales of playing way too much Math Blaster that sufficiently demonstrate her nerdiness from an early age. Felicia Day’s openness about her early years is refreshing because many of her “weird” readers, myself included, will see their young selves in these chapters.

Felicia Day drops some rather impressive facts throughout the book, including her entrance to college at the age of sixteen. Fans of hers might already be aware of her awesome violin and math skills, and her ability to excel at such a young age is rather amazing. On the flip side, Felicia Day’s success comes with a cost. She candidly discusses her social anxieties and the curse of her general perfectionism which are dramatically evidenced by her obsession with maintaing a 4.0 GPA in college. Her move to LA is filled with excitement and uncertainty, as well as plenty of hilarious and awkward stories, including a crazy acting class, unfortunate auditions, and questionable acting gigs.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) does take some serious turns, such Felicia Day’s description of her full-out addiction to World of Warcraft and her stuggles with anxiety, finding work as an actress, and the rare hateful “fans.” Felicia Day’s story really drives home the point that public figures, like actresses and YouTube personalities, are not immune to the emotional scars caused by unfair criticisms. The fact that she keeps a “Hate Folder” on her desk goes to show how impossible it is to truly ignore hateful language, even when it comes from anonymous YouTube commenters. Her health and safety concerns in later chapters, mostly due to overwork and a nasty hacking scandal, are truly alarming.

For fans who are primarily interested in her internet career, more than half of the book is dedicated to her more recent sucesses from The Guild going forward. The book is alive with Felicia Day’s characteristicly awkward, self-deprecating humor and her voice really comes through in the writing. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) is exactly what Felicia Day’s fans have been waiting for.

 

Rating: 4.5/5

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