Review: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Actress Felicia Day played roles in, among other things, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before bravely deciding to write and produce her own show, The Guild, about her experiences as a gamer and gaming addict. The show was screened on YouTube and was an early, and very successful experiment in crowd funding. In this book she talks about her experiences making The Guild, as well as falling in love with gaming in the first place, being home schooled (for “hippy reasons”), college, becoming an actress, attending conventions and meeting fans and much more.

I picked up this book because I was a fan of The Guild and Felicia's vodcast The Flog, and like to imagine that Felicia and I have a lot in common, though in reality our similarities begin and end with being female, geeky and red haired (sometimes). Oh and I too once made my violin teacher cry, just not in a good way. It was great to get an insight into her life, and I always find it reassure to hear from very successful people that once upon a time they didn't know what they were doing either.

The penultimate chapter is about Felicia's experiences with the the who-fed-my-toddler-his-own-body-weight-in-blueberries-poosplosion that was Gamergate. Felicia's home address was posted online in retaliation after she dared to write a Tumblr post suggesting that gamers continue to band together and connect over the things they love rather than be scared off by the controversy, and not cause fear and push others away from the hobby. It is beyond me why the men involved in Gamergate would want to put women off gaming. I've seen the same thing happen, albeit on a smaller scale, with table top gamers and comic geeks (“fake geek girl!”). You would think that for heterosexual guys at least, meeting women who share their obsessions could only be a good thing. There's nowt as queer as folk.

You're Never Weird on the Internet is inspirational, funny, and makes me want to go back and re-watch The Guild. The audio book version is especially fun because it's read by Felicia herself, though it's well worth looking at the accompanying PDF file for the pictures, including some hilariously questionable fashion choices.

Published: August 11 2015

Rated: ★★ ★ ★ ☆

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