This review will be a bit different, partly because it’s a memoir and mainly because it touched me in a way a novel hasn’t yet. When you read the review below please keep in mind that these are not the musings of a super fan over her idol. In fact, I’ve only seen a few bits of Felicia’s work and prior to reading her book, didn’t really follow her on social media. She was a pleasant surprise I’d get when spotting her on screen or on the internet. Her book has changed that. [goodreads review]
Honest and fun with an uplifting seriousness.
#Memoir #Gamer #Writer #Celebrity
Author: Felicia Day
Sometimes things happen that change our lives, be it for better or worse. Sometimes people change our lives, and sometimes we don't even have to meet them for their influence to spread to us (think President Obama or your great grandparents). Thankfully, I've met someone recently who has the potential for changing my life for the better.
A few weeks ago I went to a talk given by Felicia Day about her new book, You're Never Weird on the Internet [almost]. I met her that day, bought her book, and even took a picture with her. Little did I know then how she would influence me.
Now that I've finished reading her memoir, I'm sad I didn't say something more meaningful to her when I met her. Thank you doesn't seem monumental enough. Through out her book I laughed and cried (big sobbing tears, don't judge me) and snorted more than a few times. But why? That's easy. She's struggled just as I have. Just as I still am, but she made it through.
Felicia’s tone in the book is lighthearted and fun and it was impossible not to read it in her voice; words going a mile a minute. Even when her story took a darker turn, her comedic timing was there to make sure as the reader, I understood what she was saying, but wasn’t bogged down by the sad content. Felicia Day is one hell of a woman, fierce and unstoppable, her stories tell of her growing up, her rise to internet fame, and even that one time she wore a velvet dress to someone's prom. Even with her stories revolving around gaming there's a seriousness to them, depression, addiction, social interaction, all of that is tackled and all treated with respect.
Felicia is a role model for the strange. Gamers (not just girls) look up to her, but more importantly, her passion and drive for her career would leave anyone inspired and ready to make a change in their life. To some her book may be niche, but her struggles are ones everyone has faced in their lifetime, they may just need a translator for some sections.
From her anxiety to her fears and even her perfectionist attitude, she and I are very similar. As a gamer I am entertained by her. As a woman I and proud to stand alongside her. As a writer... I see myself in her struggles. I'm am nowhere near the end of my journey, (not that she is either) but now I can continue on knowing that someone else has previously blazed the trail for me to follow. Thank you for being that wonderful version of yourself and sitting and fighting through the awkwardness and uncomfortable interactions that are book signings. Your fans love and appreciate you more for it. Until we meet again Miss. Day!