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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

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by Felicia Day

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The instant New York Times bestseller from “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational” (Forbes.com) memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.



The instant New York Times bestseller from “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational” (Forbes.com) memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.

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

But if it hadn’t been for her strange background—the awkwardness continued when she started college at sixteen, with Mom driving her to campus every day—she might never have had the naïve confidence to forge her own path. Like when she graduated as valedictorian with a math degree and then headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting despite having zero contacts. Or when she tired of being typecast as the crazy cat-lady secretary and decided to create her own web series before people in show business understood that online video could be more than just cats chasing laser pointers.

Felicia’s rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influen­tial creators in new media. Ever candid, she 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.

Showcasing Felicia’s “engaging and often hilarious voice” (USA TODAY), You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

Editorial Reviews

—Ernest Cline
“At last, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) reveals the secret origin story of everyone’s favorite geek super heroine! Felicia Day’s memoir is honest,hopeful, and hysterical. It’s the story of a girl who grew up lost and lonely—then became a self-made internet rock star. Reading it will make you feel like you can take on the whole Empire yourself.”
“Everything Felicia creates seems to succeed. This book should be no different. It’s a great read—far from ‘horrible’ and worth every ‘Penny.’ See what I did there? It’s a play on . . . never mind.”
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is exactly like Felicia herself: intriguing, funny, vulnerable, and uniquely cool. If you’ve ever been awkward, ever doubted yourself, ever second-guessed who you are, this book is for you. Reading it is like having the quirkiest, most hilarious, most brilliant person you’ve ever met grab you by the shirtfront and say, ‘HEY. IT’S OKAY TO BE YOU.’”
George R.R. Martin
“Felicia is a lot of fun, and so is her book.”
Kirkus Reviews
Actress Day, best known for her "geek goddess" roles in such nerd-culture touchstones as the Web series The Guild and various Joss Whedon projects, recounts her unusual upbringing and the neuroses-strewn path that led to her obsessions with fantasy, science fiction, gaming, and online communities. Diffidently home schooled by an eccentric, indulgent mother, the author and her brother were largely left to pursue their particular passions in an environment of social isolation. Day responded by immersing herself in the imaginative worlds of escapist genre fiction and video games, forging communities of like-minded introverts over the nascent World Wide Web—when she was not busy excelling at advanced mathematics and the violin, achievements that would land her in college at an age years younger than her peers, further exacerbating her social awkwardness. Day writes charmingly of her cluelessness and determination throughout her career, but there is a dark undercurrent to her drive to succeed, no matter how arbitrary the reward. From "leveling up" in an online game to maintaining a perfect (and perfectly useless, post-graduation) GPA, Day has always pursued her goals with a manic focus seemingly driven entirely by fear and panicky self-doubt. This compulsive nature led to addiction problems, interpersonal chaos, and extended periods of depression. The author's feelings about her prominent role in the misogyny-drenched "Gamergate" scandal, which she reveals here with raw anger and hurt simmering beneath her breezy, kooky gal patter, suggest a painful ambivalence about the costs and rewards of the indoor, fantastical, virtual life—a fascinating thread that is too glancingly addressed throughout the book. Day is delightfully good company and has an interesting story to tell, but a richer work would have made more room for a consideration of the darker aspects of geek culture.
Marie Claire
"Charming and funny."
“A super (and superquirky) memoir.”
USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars)
“Written in her engaging and often hilarious voice, it's just downright fun to read.”
Los Angeles Times
“[An] inspirational comic memoir . . . to set alongside Tina Fey's Bossypants, Amy Poehler's Yes Please, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl and Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter. Young people of both sexes and every gender should find much to empower them. (Older people, too, for that matter.)”
“Relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational to anyone who grew up a geek and continually doubts themselves to this day. That’s a pretty wide audience, if I had to guess. . . . Day’s fans will obviously like the memoir, but it has more than niche appeal. It’s not meant to be a self-help book, but I found that’s the effect it had on me all the same.”
Associated Press Staff
“Quirky, uplifting and full of stories about embracing your inner nerd. Day has proven herself to be as talented in front of the camera as she is behind it. It's evident that she's a brilliant businesswoman whose avatar has secured a residence in digital media past, present and future.”
“An illuminating, frank look at the commercial realities, injustices and insecurities that everyone trying to earn a living online must confront. . . . Day's unflinching look at the traps she fell into as a ‘success’ are a welcome addition to the canon of ‘how I made it’ stories, and a reminder that we live our own blooper reels and experience other people's highlight reels. . . . It’s a must-read.”
“Whether you nerd out on video games, makeup, or musical theater, you'll find it an entertaining source of personal inspiration.”
“Throughout the entire book, Day offers up all kinds of amazing life advice that will truly impact others, especially young girls, women, those who don't feel accepted, and those who are struggling in life.”
Rachel Caine
“Felicia Day gives us an achingly funny, honest, open look at being 'situationally famous,' (I love that phrase), plus the vital art of finding your creative joy, and weathering the storms that follow. It's a wonderful book. Buy it before I grab all the copies.”
Lev Grossman
“Smart, brave, emotionally raw, and hysterically funny. This is one of the best books ever written about what it's like to be a human being on the Internet.”
Jane Espenson
“Math nerd defies physics! Felicia Day, who is woven from moonbeams, has written a book that seems lighter than air, but that ends up punching you firmly in the emotions. Felicia lays out a hilarious tale of how her unique upbringing, eclectic skill set, and killer work ethic led to The Guild, one of the pioneering works of online creativity. In the process, she pulls you inside her delicate skull, so that the final moving chapters aren’t as much read as they are experienced. An excellent book.”
Jane McGonigal
"You're Never Weird on the Internet is fun, hilarious, and impossible to put down. Reading it is like getting a mega-shot of courage -- to be exactly who you are and no one else, to pursue your dreams fearlessly, to embrace your weirdness and wield it like a superpower. If you want to live a life true to yourself and not what others expect of you, you won't find better inspiration than Felicia Day. If you're not one of Felicia's millions of fans yet -- you will be."
Jenny Lawson
“Reading Felicia Day’s memoir is like going on a road trip with an old friend you never knew you had. This is the perfect book to prove you aren't the only misfit in the world, and to remind you that that's a very good thing.”
Ernest Cline
“At last, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) reveals the secret origin story of everyone’s favorite geek super heroine! Felicia Day’s memoir is honest, hopeful, and hysterical. It’s the story of a girl who grew up lost and lonely—then became a self-made internet rock star. Reading it will make you feel like you can take on the whole Empire yourself.”
Cory Doctorow
"I came for the delightful snark, I stayed for the disarming frankness and the hard-won insights about the Internet -- Felicia Day uses the Internet to distribute entertainment, but she understands that it's really there to be the nervous system of the twenty-first century."
Neil Patrick Harris
“Everything Felicia creates seems to succeed. This book should be no different. It’s a great read—far from ‘horrible’ and worth every ‘Penny.’ See what I did there? It’s a play on . . . never mind.”
Deanna Raybourn
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is exactly like Felicia herself: intriguing, funny, vulnerable, and uniquely cool. If you’ve ever been awkward, ever doubted yourself, ever second-guessed who you are, this book is for you. Reading it is like having the quirkiest, most hilarious, most brilliant person you’ve ever met grab you by the shirtfront and say, ‘HEY. IT’S OKAY TO BE YOU.’”
John Scalzi
“Smart, funny, endearing, nerdy, and maybe also a little bit brave—in other words, very much like its author.”
George R. R. Martin
“Felicia is a lot of fun, and so is her book.”

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Meet the Author

Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous mainstream television shows and films, including a two-season arc on the SyFy series Eureka. She is currently recurring on The CW show Supernatural. However, Day is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera. She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild, which ran for six seasons and is currently available for viewing on every major digital outlet, including Netflix.

In 2012, she launched a YouTube channel called Geek & Sundry. The network has garnered more than 1.3 million subscribers to date and more than 200 million views. In 2014, the company was purchased by Legendary Entertainment. Day continues to act as CCO and develop web content and television projects with Legendary as a producer, writer, and performer. She is also extremely active on social media, has over 2.3 million Twitter followers, and is the eighth most followed person on Goodreads, where she is also the founder of Vaginal Fantasy, a romance and fantasy book club with more than 13,000 members.

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Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
I am going to be honest with you, I only vaguely knew who Felicia Day was before reading this book. I new she was from that internet show The Guild, that she was in that weird movie with Neil Patrick Harris, and that she liked video games. So why did I decide to read this book? I think it was the title and that I also liked video games. I am so happy I decided to ahead and read this. I typically do not find time to read many non-fiction books. I get around to maybe 1 or 2 a year. I always tend towards fictional books. I love magical elements, mystical creatures and the such. You know, things that aren't necessarily real. It is a fault of mine that I try year after year to change. I always tell myself "this year I am going to read more nonfiction books" and it never happens. I am glad that if I do not manage to read another nonfiction book this year, that the one I did end up reading was this one. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a book that is going to stick with me for a long long time. You may be thinking "but this is just a memoir of a red headed geeky chick, how can you possibly be that happy you read this?" And it is true, it is a memoir of hers. However, when you read it you will discover she had a greater purpose for writing this book than just to let her fans know that she was a weird home schooled kid, a musical prodigy, and a lover of video games. In this book Felicia Day takes you on a journey of her self discovery. It seems at first like it is going to be a fluffy light hearted read with some geeky humor thrown in. That she will not get into anything too personal or too dark, but she does take you there and I thank her for doing so. In a way, when she takes you to the darker stuff, she takes you with her. By the time you get there, you have related to her on so many different levels. There were so many times during my reading of this book where I found myself going "OMG that happened to her too?!" or "yup I have been there before." And let us not forget the ever wonderful "I TOTALLY REMEMBER THAT HAPPENING" moment. My major one of those happened when I was reading about her World of Warcraft gaming. With this memoir, Felicia Day has a very important message for those who choose to read it and to listen. I do not want to tell you what the message is. I want you to discover it for yourself like I did. I do not want to deny anyone this journey. Please take the time to read it. What Felicia Day has to tell you is worth it. This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. You can find more of my reviews at: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. And I never read biographies so that's a big deal for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reminder of the 1990s and 2000s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an enjoyable & engaging to read. I strongly recommend it to geeks & non-geeks alike. As a gamer girl, geek, & all around fan of the internet I felt that it was insightful and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan, so I really loved the behind-the-scenes info and she actually really inspired me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love watching felicia's online shows and her personality Rules!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful look into one of the awesomest ladies ever. For us shy, awkward, game loving, comic reading women it is nice to hear another voice in the wilderness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes. It is as sweet as you think. I loved it.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day is outstanding! If only I could have more stars to give. This is an honest, heart warming, seriously in depth look into an unusual and talented life journey. I am not a gamer, and truly, not much of a nerd. My sons are, so I am kind of surrounded, but I have never seen Buffy and just recently started The Guild. I am not sure how Felicia Day wondered her way into my world, maybe it was the scifi connection, but none of those things are necessary to enjoy this book. Felicia Day tells her story her way, without name dropping or tooting her own horn, and it is simply hilarious. And inspiring in a way I never expected. Success is a mixed blessing. Well done indeed. (And I bought a signed copy of this book at Powells online, for the record.)
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Was not a fan of Felicia Day going into this... still not sure I am a fan, or that I feel that I really discovered more than a carefully crafted facade. She IS an incredible woman, and there is much to admire about her, including the way she turned YouTube into a vehicle to make her a star. Her drive and ambition are astounding, and in places, scary. She's brilliant, talented, attractive... but some of this comes off like humblebragging, like the way she never graduated high school (because she went straight into college in her teens). What I like best were the sections where she wrote about her collapse, about pushing herself too hard and how that exploded. It made her more human and likeable. But there were a lot of bits missing. A boyfriend is periodically mentioned, but it's unclear if it was the same one, or if she had different ones. And how did her success impact their relationship? That's something a lot of women want to know, because many of us are faced with jealousy by partners or time crunch issues, but she didn't choose to go there. I thought she kind of copped out when Gamergate came along, until she was forced to stand up for herself. And... I thought/hoped it would be funnier. It's well enough written, but I didn't find it a compelling read, going into it as a Felicia Day novice. YMMV.
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
A highly entertaining memoir that, on the face of it, should not be as enjoyable as it is. The life of a homeschooled, violin prodigy shut in does not scream fun or compelling but Felicia Day has never played by the rules mostly because no one told her what the rules are. As someone who became obsessed with the internet when we were all calling it the World Wide Web and than uploaded an original series onto an upstart company called YouTube I think it's save to say that she thinks out of the box and that is exactly what the reader is treated to in this book. A person who may be a little of center but always seems to fit right in the middle. This book is well written despite the fact - as we learn - she struggles with the art of writing and Miss Days character shines through out in all it's adorkable awkwardness and naïve enthusiasm and the pages light up because of this. Her humor is both self-depreciating and dry and she captures all the scenes of her life in a wonderfully vivid and compelling style to the benefit of the reader. There are no real dry patches in this book and it is so much more that antidotes and name dropping. The creation of 'The Guild' web-show and Geek and Sundry, a battle with depression, awkward college years, gamergate and more are all in this book written in sparkling prose. A good book for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
VincaBooks More than 1 year ago
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is like a trip to Versailles – that famous French palace with a hall full of mirrors – where all the mirrors are windows into Felicia Day’s life. The widely proclaimed “Queen of the Geeks” – a title she tries not to lay claim to – is fantastically funny, and comes across as an old friend filling you in on life after a long time apart. I’ve always been a big fan of memoirs – and this is one that I’ve been really excited about – so I pre-ordered it and read it in basically one sitting when it arrived. The little anecdotes from people’s childhood, teenage, and college years are usually hilarious, and the struggles that the authors face in their early adulthood are full of universal self-identification. For me, the self-identification goes back to Felicia’s childhood, growing up home schooled. Although mine was not nearly as isolated as hers, the imagination growth and creativity flow were always at an all-time high. The way Felicia bares it all about her early adulthood struggles really impressed and inspired me. At a time when no one was internet famous, she forged new paths and created a world no one else could have imagined. It was revolutionary to say the least: putting a show on the internet and then having it become this great big thing. When I discovered The Guild a couple years ago, it was (and is STILL!) a huge deal. And don’t worry; despite all the ‘geek talk’ in the book, Felicia really takes the time to make everything understandable to even the most un-geek reader. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is most definitely a home-run in the memoir category. Felicia Day’s personality just oozes out in the writing, and if you’ve ever seen one of her videos, you’ll probably even read the whole book in her voice like I did. Definitely a five star read. Vinca Books rating: 5 Stars vincabooks.wordpress.com
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Felicia Day. I love her in Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog, and I really enjoyed her web show, The Guild, when I finally watched it last year. I loved this book. It's weird and funny, just like Felicia. She recounts her VERY unique childhood. Then she discusses her move to L.A. and unsuccessful career as an actor and the events that led her to write and produce her own show for the Internet. The writing is conversational, like she's writing an email or talking to a good friend. It's very raw, honest, and funny. It's everything I expected of a celebrity memoir and everything Yes Please was not. When I finished it, I immediately wanted to read it again. I didn't because I gave it to my husband and made him start reading it, even though he almost never reads books. I don't think you need to be a fan of Felicia Day's to enjoy this book, but it probably helps to be a nerd or at least nerd-adjacent, so you understand the video game references, which are abundant in the middle chapters. Her story was inspiring. It's about having a dream and going after it, even if you have to do it in unconventional ways. This book is definitely one I'll re-read at some point. http://momsradius.blogspot.com/2015/09/book-review-youre-never-weird-on.html
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Cute and entertaining. I loved being able to learn about her as a person and where she's coming from, including where her work has come from. I spent my high school days watching The Guild, and I really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of it. The narration is just like her voice. You can picture her sitting in front of you and explaining it all. A lot of it is written like an internet chat room, which bugged me just slightly, but it's not a big deal at all. Great book and thoroughly enjoyed it!
SuperKaytee More than 1 year ago
I rarely read autobiographies or memoirs. There’s just something about not being able to relate to the person the book is written by. I, however, did buy my very first autobiography when Felicia Day came out with her book, “You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost).” In fact I PREORDERED it. Why? Because being a fellow female Sci-Fi nerd and gamer close to the same age as Felicia (we are only about a year apart!) I knew there were a lot of her experiences that I could relate to. Not to mention the fact that not only is she talented but her sense of humor absolutely cracks me up. She seems like the kind of person that, had I met her when we were younger, we likely would have become close friends simply because we are two girls who could relate to each other through gaming and our Sci-Fi interests. Something that, believe it or not, was hard to find back in those days. After having read her book, I was not disappointed. As soon as I started reading it I could not (and didn’t want to!) put it down. I knew we had a lot in common but I didn’t realize just how much. Well, except the homeschooling thing. And the whole creating a web series thing. Oh and pretty much all the other work in Hollywood she’s done. Most of the rest of it hits home though. Being an introvert, having few friends growing up, getting lost in the gaming world to where it sucks the real life out of you. Yea that sounds familiar. I’ve been a fan of Felicia’s since The Guild days when I used to laugh at the crazy situations and character personalities of the show (maybe I had a slight crush on Zaboo. I’m not telling). It made me think about my own guild experiences back in EQII (don't judge me, it just happened to be the first MMO I was introduced to). Anywho if you are familiar with any of Felicia’s work then you will understand what I’m saying next. The book is written exactly the way she talks, mannerisms and all. Reading Felicia’s book is like having her in the room with you, talking to you personally as if you have known each other for forever, which made it even easier to relate to. There were times that I couldn’t help but literally laugh out loud at something I read whether it was so relatable or just hilariously funny. Sometimes it was both (the dial up modem sound had me rolling. You younger people will never get to experience the joy). Her book had me thinking back to my own early days on the Internet, both the good and the bad. Reading Felicia’s book made me wish even more that I had crossed paths online with her back then. Maybe we would have been long time friends. Maybe not. Who knows. People can float in and out of your life so quickly online (if you have ever been in Second Life for any amount of time you’ll know what I mean) but it’s still nice to think about. Felicia’s book, in my opinion, is a really great read. One that I will most likely read a few more times over the years and pass it down for my children to read, especially my daughters, if I ever have any. I’m proud to be woman who enjoys gaming and the Sci-Fi world (someday I WILL get tickets to Comic-Con). Felicia’s book only further reinforces that. Too bad she’s not coming anywhere close enough for me to have her sign it though. Of course even if she did the introvert and self-conscious inner me would probably be too shy to even go. LOL
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