You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

by Felicia Day | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 147678566X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingwaterfallingwing of Raleigh, North Carolina USA on 5/10/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingwaterfallingwing from Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Friday, May 10, 2019
trade-size paperback.

from the back cover:
When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the south, where she was "home-schooled for hippie reasons," she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy, and Felicia became an early adopter at every stage of its growth - finding joy and unlikely friendships online. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how "uncool" she really was.

Yet if it hadn't been for her strange background, Felicia might never have had the naive confidence to forge her own path. She graduated as valedictorian with degrees in math and music but decided to pursue acting in Hollywood. After finding herself typecast on TV, she created her own web series before anyone knew online video could be more than just cats chasing laser pointers. Ever candid, Felicia opens up about the rough patches along the way, recounting battles with writer's block, a full-blown gaming addiction, severe anxiety, and depression - and how she reinvented herself when overachieving became overwhelming.

I had seen her a couple of times on TV and she sometimes frequents a genre convention that I attend, so I was curious.

Journal Entry 2 by wingwaterfallingwing at Rockledge, Florida USA on Monday, May 13, 2019

Released 8 mos ago (5/13/2019 UTC) at Rockledge, Florida USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, May 18, 2019
The wishlist book arrived safely today - many thanks!

Later: I enjoyed this offbeat memoir - and was impressed at how Day managed to ramp up her internet presence into a successful web series and a YouTube channel. A lot of people try to become hits online, but few have the mix of talent, business savvy, and/or luck {wry grin} to succeed!

But it's her nerd-girl anecdotes that I liked the most, from her quips about wanting to be an orphan (and citing favorite kids' books from The Secret Garden to Harry Potter to show how good literary orphans have it) to her involvement in such things as Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Joss Whedon wrote the intro to this book!). There are nostalgic bits about the early days of the internet - I hadn't seen a reference to Compuserve in ages! - and about fandom, along with more difficult bits about her struggles with her obsessive tendencies (she writes about this with humor, but it's not all fun and games). Oh, and the chapter on Gamergate is, not surprisingly, quite painful to read; for all the fun and inventiveness and love in the various fandoms, there are some people who bring way too much anger and hate...

That aside, it's a mostly-upbeat memoir with a lot of humor, some self-care tips, and an account of a pretty awesome career.

[There's a TV Tropes page on Day and some of her work, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Released 1 mo ago (12/14/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, Hartshorn Mill Rd in Amherst, New Hampshire USA

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I left this book in this handsome Little Free Library (and geocache!) on this wintry day; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2019 D for December release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2019 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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