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

img_20150910_174511Containing absolutely no spoilers, I can say with the utmost urgency that you must stop whatever you are doing, put down your magazines, leave your coffee, get off that video game (for a half hour) and go down  to the book store and buy a copy of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day.
Publisher: Sphere 2015

For we nerds, geeks, gamers, cosplayers and dragon enthusiasts alike (yes it’s a real thing) the world is not the same as it is for everyone else.We’re different because we become almost compulsively obsessed with things that others can’t comprehend. The internet is not just Google, it’s a community of like-
minded and for some this is a lifeline!

For home schooled Felicia Day, this is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. An inspiration to introverts and socially awkward humans alike, Day grabbed her weirdness by the balls and threw them full force against the wall. Starting with dial up internet and developing into arguably one of the best YouTube shows available, Felicia Day shows us in 260 pages that you really can turn your passion into your career.

“Which is when the redheadpipes up. They never saw her coming.” internet
Joss Whedon, You’re Never Weird, ix

Day, a double-majored violin playing mathematician and self confessed World of Warcraft addict, has held nothing back in her book and for the those of us that have followed in her weird footsteps, it is sensational to read about not only a nerd/gamer but a female nerd/gamer who as made tsunamis in  her field. Despite rejection and anxiety, Felicia Day did something that most of us dream of doing; she followed her dream.

It was interesting for me as a nerd to see this woman own her own nature. This is a really difficult thing for any of us to do and while a six hour addiction to WoW may seem useless, we have a Queen in our midst who took it, changed it and made it into something on a whole other level.

wow

The tone of the book is friendly and familiar and feels more like reading the memoirs of a dear friend as opposed to that of a semi-stranger. While I’ve often found that autobiographies can be a little during in their reading, partially because they follow a strict and rigid timeline, Day staggers her work. The focus of each chapter tends to be a specific part in her life and, while Day often goes back at times to make a point about her childhood relevant to another chapter, it works very well.

Often pushing a self-worth agenda, Felicia Day includes some excellent hints and tips and the odd inspirational quote;

“No matter what you feel is holding you back in life…you can attempt anything.”
Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird, pg.150

Fortunately, these quotes are never pushed at you like some self help magazine, but offered as self-realisations of Felicia Day herself.

Interestingly, You’re Never Weird discusses the début times of sites like YouTube and, if anything, shows us that YouTube has not really changed, just expanded.

“I don’t understand. I thought YouTube was for kitten videos and chunky light-saber teens.”

youtube

Still a pretty relevant sentence, but of course YouTube is now home to one of the best shows ever! If you haven’t seen The Guild and you’re reading this review by pure chance, check it out!

For more on Felicia Day check out her YouTube channel, Geek and Sundry.

As  far as the book goes, I reiterate;

Containing absolutely no spoilers, I can say with the utmost urgency that you must stop whatever you are doing, put down your magazines, leave your coffee, get off that video game (for a half hour) and go down  to the book store and buy a copy of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day.

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