I think most people have tangentially heard of Felicia Day. I know her from Supernatural and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog; my husband watched The Guild (and is currently playing World of Warcraft as I write this. On a Saturday night. We’re both under 30 and have no kids but I assure you have lot of socializing planned for tomorrow.) Although, when he asked how my book was and I said “Good, it’s Felicia Day’s memoir” he responded with “Who?” Her name clicked when I mentioned The Guild .
“It’s hard being weird. No—it’s hard living in a culture that makes it hard.”
You’re Never Weird on the Internet is the story of how a weird, home-schooled girl from the Deep South became “Queen of the Internet.” Day had a liberal upbringing; her mother didn’t monitor her home-school curriculum and counted her time on the Internet as course credit. Through unlimited access to the Internet via “Prodigy” she began to cultivate a set of online friends with a common interest in her favorite video game. An unhealthy WOW addiction and an unwavering determination to become an actress on her own terms led to her Youtube sensation series The Guild.
Day is charming and self-deprecating. It probably helps to have a cursory knowledge of her work, or at least the gaming universe she resides in, to fully enjoy some of her references. However, she is accessible enough that it’s not mandatory.