[A partial cross-post from my writing blog.]
Everyone I know knows Felicia Day. We love her. She’s a treasure. She’s one of us. But when I heard she had written a book, I suddenly realized that other than things you could look up on IMDB and just loving her existence as a human, I didn’t have a clue about her. You may not meet many people in your day-to-day who know who Felicia Day is, yet in a very specific pocket of society, Felicia is not only well known, but very much loved. Considering herself a “situational celebrity”, in her memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia tells the story of how she became such a popular figure in geek culture with equal parts humility and humor.
After lunch on the day after Christmas, while my husband marathon-played Lego Jurassic World on Xbox and my boys put together well over a thousand pieces of Legos on the dining room table (no exaggeration), I opened Felicia’s book. That night before bed I had already finished reading, feeling as if I had spent the day getting the kind of backstory usually only available once you reach Level Three friendship. Through adventures of her childhood experiencing multiple moves throughout the south due to her father being in the military while being homeschooled by her hands-off liberal mother, attending university on a scholarship as a violin prodigy without having a high school diploma (maintaining a 4.0, of course), and a gaming addiction that lead to the creation of her web series The Guild, Felicia proves to be one of the most fascinating and relatable people you could have the pleasure of meeting via words on a page. Open about her struggles with severe anxiety and panic attacks, moments of star struck embarrassment, and her experience with “Gamer Gate”, You’re Never Weird is more than a humorous memoir. It’s also more than a New York Times Bestseller. Even better, Felicia leaves you with the attitude that with hard work and maybe a few breakdowns, you could take over the world – even if it’s just a specific pocket of one.