Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Author: Felicia Day
Publisher: Sphere (13th August 2015)
From online entertainment pioneer, actress and ‘queen of the geeks’ Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a funny, quirky and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.
When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was ‘home-schooled for hippie reasons’, she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth – finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus and the 1930s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how ‘uncool’ she really was.
But if it hadn’t been for her strange background – the awkwardness continued when she started college at sixteen, her mother driving her to campus every day – she might never have had the naive confidence to forge her own path. Like when she graduated as valedictorian with a maths degree and then headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting despite having zero contacts. Or when she tired of being typecast as the crazy cat-lady secretary and decided to create her own web series before people in showbusiness understood that online video would be more than just cats chasing laser pointers.
Felicia’s rags-to-riches rise to internet fame launched her career as one of the most unfluential creators in new media. Now Felicia’s world is filled with creativity, video games and a dash of feminist activism – like her memoir.
Showcasing Felicia’s hilarious and unique voice, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now – even for a digital misfit.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) is an autobiography by Felicia Day. It tells the story of her childhood and growing up in the Deep South up to when she was doxxed during the #GamerGate mess.