From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.
The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs. […]
I discovered Felicia Day last year on Twitter, probably through Wil Wheaton’s profile, and I instantly liked her, even if I didn’t actually understand what she did in her life. Long story short: Felicia Day is a geek woman and a badass lady boss, who owns her own company, she looks down to earth, secure of herself and generally cool, but what I didn’t know before reading this amazing book was her own crazy, quirky, tough, awesome life-path.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a memoir of Felicia’s life narrated by herself in a unique way. Reading this book would be like having a (long) coffee date with her accompanied with hilarious old photos of her life and excerpts from her childhood pink diary that will make you giggle all the time.
Felicia put all her better self in this autobiography, trying to let us know what her life actually looked like outside (and inside) the internet, what being a role model means, sharing her thoughts about chauvinism and her own personal bad experiences dealing with harassment and doxxing.
This book affected me in a personal way, since I know what means being weird (i.e. geek) at the other people’s eyes and I loved how Felicia encourages her readers to not be shy about our weirdness and do not hide our real selves to be like the other people, the “regular” one. This book is actually for everyone and I wish my mom could read in english (we’re italian), because it would open her eyes even more about what means being me, a geek girl in a world of non-geek people (everyday life friends included).
Highly recommended to geek and non-geek people, because Felicia will teach you something either way.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.
My story demonstrates that there’s no better time in history to have a dream and be able to reach an audience with your art. Or just be as weird as you want and not have to be ashamed.
Because if you can’t be your own weird self on the internet, where can you be? And what would be the point?
So bust through all the cat GIFs and top-ten linkbait and share something of yourself. If you enrich one other person’s life, it will be worth it. If you find one friend, it will worth it.
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