Last month I walked into a Barnes and Noble a few miles away from my house, strolled right into the audiobook section, nabbed a copy of Felicia Day’s memoir
You’re Never Weird on the Internet [Almost]
. I also picked up a copy of Star Wars Edge of the Empire RPG and some neat little bookmarks that look like pickles because I had a gift cards. Judge me if you must. I tore the plastic wrap off in the parking lot and I immediately started listening to it on the drive home.
Normally I don’t buy non-fiction books, and whenever I do they’re usually related to roleplaying games somehow. I’m also certain this is the first memoir I’ve ever sought out. I also don’t normally buy audiobooks, in fact every other audiobook I own is one from the Harry Potter series, and the only CD I listen to these days is my Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. So why did I feel the need to buy this one? Because I was interested in learning more about Felicia Day, and I thought it would be cool to drive around hearing her tell her own story. She’s an interesting person who does amazing things by combining the wonderful nerdy ability to throw all of yourself into a thing you love to do, and her own unique 4.0 gpa having, dual majoring, gaming, asskicking self.
The book takes you through her childhood being home schooled by her mom and how that unusual approach to education helped her become the person she is today. She also describes other major life events such as her initial exposure to the online world and how it allowed her to find her tribe, her college years, how she became an actress, her time spent playing World of Warcraft, how she created The Guild, and how she made Geek & Sundry. I was enthralled every step of the way and I was actually sad when the audiobook ended. Seriously. Like in the Madeline books when the narrator says “That’s all there is, there isn’t any more” sad. This book not only taught me a lot about Felicia Day and her journey, it inspired me to try and be more like her and to achieve things.
Whether you’re a fan of her work from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Guild, Geek and Sundry, The Flog, Co-Optitude, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or any of her other assorted appearances in media, or you’re just into all things that are awesome and nerdy you owe it to yourself to experience this book. If you’re like me and you like the idea of driving around with Felicia Day telling you her life story then buy the audiobook.