In the midst of reading Gone Girl, I wasn’t really relaxing, you know with all the murdering and such. So I picked up Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). That was much more enjoyable as a read.
For those of you not in the know. Felicia Day is awesome.
Oh, you want more? Ok, she’s an actress specializing in geek culture. Odds are you’d recognize her even if you couldn’t place her. If you’re into geek culture, you know damn well who she is, so I don’t know why you’re reading this. She has been on Buffy, Supernatural, and Eureka. More prominently, she created her own web series, The Guild.
If you have Netflix, it’s worth watching The Guild if for no other reason than you would be able to hear her reading her own memoir (sort of). It took me a while to realize it, but I was hearing her cadences. It was weird, but the book’s weird and I’m weird, so it’s all good.
The book tracks her from her home-schooled roots in Mississippi to her success as an actress and entrepreneur.
Weird is the thing to pay attention to from the title. If you’re game for awkward stories, then this could be for you. Day shares stories from childhood that will make you scratch your head to some truly cringeworthy moments.
Now, a book like this isn’t without its faults. I have yet to read someone’s autobiography without wanting to clean up their storytelling. Day meanders some and doesn’t always explain where she is in life (at one point, there’s a move that’s never explained). She focuses (mostly) on her professional life, so there are shades of personal stuff that will be dropped in but never explained.
The curveball in the story was her anxiety and depression. It’s something that’s becoming more commonly talked about, but if you’re familiar with Day, you see her in comedic tones, so it’s easy to forget the bright, shiny, happy person isn’t always bright, shiny, and happy.
All in all, it was a good read. It was funny. And it was interesting. I’d say it’s worth a shot, and it’s coming out on paperback soon (maybe already).