15 January 2016
[Review] You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir
Author: Felicia Day
Published in: 2015
How I got this book: at the library
"... I don't think it's unreasonable to make a stab-in-the-dark assumption: You're either extremely excited to read this book (inner dialogue: OMG, FELICIA DAY WROTE A BOOK!"). Or extremely confused (inner dialogue: Who is this chick again?") "
So writes Felicia Day in the introduction to her memoir. Which of the two categories do I fit in? Well, none of the above, actually. I'm somewhere in between, and when I read that Felicia wrote a book, my inner dialogue went something like this:
"Oh, that girl from Supernatural who I also saw on Youtube once wrote a book! I like the title, it's very appealing to a geek like myself. Wonder what this book is really about."
Now I've read it. What did I think about it? Let's break it down, shall we?
What I liked about the book
Hmm... everything. Really, it's a fantastic book. More specifically, I liked Felicia's openness and honesty. She doesn't shy away from subjects like anxiety, game addiction or Internet trolling. She really lets you to get to know her and her life. She doesn't try to sprinkle her memoir with an extra touch of glamour or drama. She's she's being herself.
I like the tone, the bold humour. This is a very funny book. Felicia Day is a very talented writer. It's not something that you can teach, I think. She has a unique style that can easily be imitated, but it will be just that - an imitation. She wrote her own web series, The Guild, and it's very funny. I binged all six seasons when I finished this book.
This is also one of the most inspirational and educational books I have read. For someone who's trying to find their voice on the Internet, a blogger, a Youtuber, or a writer, this book will be a great guide and a source of inspiration. Felicia and her friends started filming The Guild in her garage, and now she is an Internet icon. More importantly, she gets to do what she loves.
Also, the pictures in this book are awesome. Felicia's "embarrassing" childhood and teenage photos give you a better understanding of her upbringing. And the Photoshop is very funny.
What I didn't like about the book
Let's see... nothing. Being totally objective here. This book worked for me on every level. Can't complain about a single thing.
I think that a lot of people from all walks of life can relate to Felicia's story, in one way or another. That's why this book is fantastic.
My rating: 5 stars
Recommend it to: everybody, especially those who have always felt a little different.