Felicia Day wrote a book! Technically, it’s a memoire. But those are still books!
It has the wonderful title You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost). It came out in August last year, and although I bought it early on, I’ve only now had the time to read it (that’s what you get for always getting ahead of yourself and being absolutely unable to divide your time to do everything. And underestimating the amount of time you need to work.)
Anyway, I read it, and since we love her character Charlie in Supernatural, and Felicia Day is freaking awesome – she made our 5 Real-Life Geeks That Inspire Us list a while ago, too – I thought it might be fun to say a thing or two about the book. Don’t worry, it won’t be long! (I hope…)
It’s kinda hard to do a recap for a memoire, so I’m going to skip that part and just say what I thought about the book.
It is awesome.
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No, I’m kidding. Kinda. Yes, it was awesome, and I loved it. But I’m going to get into more detail (sorry).
Okay, so Felicia Day is even more impressive than I thought. She writes, she directs, she acts – she does everything. AND she does it well, too.
She has a fun, smart way to write, that does not make you feel like you’re reading an autobiography (believe me, I hate those). She shares a lot about herself and her life – which I guess a memoire is about? – without making it feel like you’re reading a CV of someone who just listed everything that’s happened and that they’ve done in a chronological order. For starters, because there is no chronological order. Sure, she starts off with her childhood, and she doesn’t jump around between childhood and adulthood all the time, but she goes back and forth, talking about some detail that hadn’t mattered until a certain part in the book (and her life, I guess), althewhile sharing her thoughts about a lot of things. Because, well, it’s a memoire.
She also touches on some important things that don’t only affect her, but a lot of other people as well. As a female geek and gamer, she’s had to deal with a lot of sh*t coming from men, of course, and she talks about that a lot. And about female geeks and gamers in general, because the gaming world is a rather sexist world, it seems.
So she doesn’t only write about her own life, but also about a lot things that have affected her, but affected a lot of other people as well. And I loved that. Because of course she has a point of view, but she doesn’t make the reader feel like they have to share it to like what she’s saying. Does that make any sense? If it doesn’t, I’m sorry. I’m having trouble sorting through my own thoughts right now.
Okay, let’s get to the rating part before I completely lose you because I’ve stopped making any sense. Like I said, I loved the book. And I usually really don’t like reading stuff like memoires. But Felicia Day’s writing is so much fun and so natural that you totally forget you’re reading an autobiography.
My admiration and respect for this woman grew with every page, and even though I don’t follow everything she does, and I’m certainly no gamer-girl, I feel like she’s an inspiration to the non-gamer-geeks of the world, especially those who happen to be of female gender.
I would absolutely recommend everyone to read this book. I guess I should say that I’d recommend it to people who actually know her? But I think that it’s a fun read, even if you don’t really know her. Although you’d have to be a geek of some sorts to really like or fully understand what she’s talking about. And if you’re no geek and don’t know her..? What the hell are you even doing reading this? 😛
Rating: Outstanding. Definitely.