Felicia Day is a fairly well-known name within the nerd/geek community. A lot of attention came to her for her role as Penny in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog in 2008. Around the same time, her own series The Guild was going strong which garnered even more attention. From there she has been in a slew of projects such as playing a popular supporting character in the video game Dragon Age II and portraying the main villain in the reboot of the cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000. She has excelled as an actress, singer, writer, and producer in a largely self-made career. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) shows her roots and just how she got to be the celebrity she is today.
Being a fan of Felicia Day does make this book a better read. But even for people who are not familiar with her work, it is still pretty interesting. More and more in the Information Age, we see celebrities who manage to push themselves forward. Instead of being picked up and made famous, they get there on their own. Prior to reading the memoir, I was already a Felicia Day fan but there was so much in here that I did not know. Her ability to play the violin, for one, as well as how close The Guild got to never being made. She went through a lot of hardship to get where she is today and really struggled to make it work. Some of those hardships were professional and some were personal. But even in the darker moments, she managed to keep moving forward with her hopes and dreams.
One of the best things about You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is how real it feels. Some people obtain fame and feel like they are very disconnected from the rest of the world. The way Felicia Day writes and speaks feels very normal. She is not deliberately trying to be down to Earth, she is just a normal woman. Her career and wit have endeared her to the nerd/geek community but at the core, she does not seem that different from anyone else. By no means does she view herself as the golden goose; she knows she is a person like everyone else and it shows. This memoir largely reminds me of Lindsey Stirling’s (another self-made celebrity) biography. Someone who has been through hardship and made it work is empathetic and relatable, which is a large part of what makes Felicia Day such an appealing entertainer.