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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) Paperback – 28 Apr 2016
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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. (Neil Patrick Harris, author of Choose Your Own Autobiography and Felicia’s co-star in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
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. (Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened)
The SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER from 'queen of the geeks' Felicia Day. Now updated with new material.See all Product description
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There are lots of lessons for anyone in here, beyond the cliched "mug" strap lines she highlights. The intelligence, obsessive traits and work ethic shine through, as do the problems these can cause in some circumstances. I'll be buying another copy for my daughter.
As for the last chapter about the GamerGate situation, it's very clear that she brings in things that have happened earlier in her career. It is easy to see when things occurred. I've only been on the outskirts of that particular controversy, but don't read this as being the only perspective, nor as her lambasting an entire community as some have said. She has clearly been affected by it and has a perfect right to talk about her views.
There are two, I felt, curious omissions. For someone who has worked with all sorts of interesting people - there are very few "behind the curtain" stories. I'm not talking about how Joss Whedon is an abusive megolomaniac, or how the actor playing Tinkerballa would only eat blue M&Ms - but just the sort of fun details about working on other hit shows. I'm aware that celeb biogs can often turn into "and then I worked with Larry, who is such a love!" - and I certainly don't begrudge her right to privacy - but it seemed like a curious omission. So too does the exclusion of how she met her partner. Again, this is her story and she gets to protect her personal life with as much vigour as she likes - but after several chapters of how she was a social outcast, it feels a little odd to just drop in her partner without even a good "and that's how we met" story.
Still, all that said, it's a cracking look at how web-scale products work, what it's like to be part of a runaway success, and the downside of meeting people AFK.
There's also a lot in it that must have taken a lot of guts to write - especially the chapter on Gamergate and the odious misogynistic campaign that it wages against women. Having written on that topic myself in my own small and academic way, I know first-hand how unpleasant many in that particular 'movement' can be. She was brave to write about it then, and brave to write about it now. It just shows how she can merge big issues with personal revelation into a wholeheartedly engaging memoir.
I was hoping this book would have some stories from Felicia's time on Buffy or some of her other TV work. It doesn't go into any detail there, but I didn't mind as I kept going through the pages finding out more about a girl who has many of the anxieties that I've had to face down. I'm not into gaming that much any more, but there is so much more in here. If you've ever written your own script, made your own video series or had any kind of geek tendencies chances are you'll love this book as much as I did. You'll laugh and your eyes will well up in equal measure, give it a go.
If you already love Felicia Day, you WILL love this book.
For everyone else..
Felicia's book is better than Chris Hardwick's 'The Nerdist Way' and not quite as good as Wil Wheaton's 'Just a Geek'. So..
If you enjoyed those, then read this!
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