While you might not know this, not only am I an avid video game player and movie watcher, but I am also a pretty avid reader. When I get the chance, I’ll read anything from fiction to non-fiction and basically anything that just piques my interest. While this book review section might not be often, I figured I might as will give you my take on some books that I’ve been reading and what I thought about them. Because I’ll be actually meeting Felicia Day tomorrow at MegaCon, I figured a few weeks ago that I would read her book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Keep reading to find out what I thought about the book.
I actually went into this book knowing just about nothing about Felicia Day other than the fact that she created The Guild as well as starred in it, and that she played a part in Dragon Age. As many of you know she played Tallis in Dragon Age: Redemption and then reprised her role in the Dragon Age II DLC Mark of the Assassin. After reading this book, I can clearly say that I know a hell of a lot more about Felicia Day than I knew before I started reading the book. It surprised me how candid she was throughout the whole book about her life not only growing up but then when she was in the process of writing The Guild. I think that sometimes as a society, we have a problem with putting celebrities up on this pedestal and making them almost not human. This book brings Felicia Day down onto that human perspective though where you can see her as an actual person and not just another celebrity. I read other books by celebrities and all those books did was make themselves even more high and mightier than they already were and they couldn’t even bring it down to a relatable level for us feeble humans to relate to. This book though was completely different and did not do that in any way. I was pleasantly surprised by that fact and therefore enjoyed it much much more than I originally thought that I would.
Not only was this book relatable for me, but it was also laugh out loud funny at times. While the laugh out loud times were great, they probably weren’t that acceptable in like a doctors office or at work where I spent most my time reading this book. That being said, the parts that were about the panic attacks that she suffered through and her anxiety made me feel not as alone in the world since I can relate to her on that aspect of my life. In a way it was comforting to know that not only do I suffer from this type of thing, but so does Felicia Day. I enjoyed her candor on the way she suffered through it which felt genuinely honest and open.
On that note, I would have to say the most enjoyable parts of the book for me were when she detailed her gaming life as well as her gaming addiction. Here I thought I was the only one with so much gaming drama, but it was nice to know that I’m not the only one. Well reading the section of the book, there were a lot of times when I thought “I totally know someone like this.” That just made the book even better and brought it more to life.
Overall I give this book a 5 out of 5.
Reading this book made me have a newfound appreciation and respect for Felicia Day not as a celebrity but as a person. She took this tiny little idea that she had for a show about gaming and turned it into something huge right at the time when YouTube was becoming a thing. Whether you’re a fan of Felicia Day for The Guild or if you’re a fan of the other roles that she’s had in television I would say that this is an awesome book and you’ll definitely see her in a different light after reading it. Even if you’re not a fan and you have completely no idea who she is I would say to still pick this up and give it a read because it’s definitely a good one and it might turn you onto the other projects that she’s done which are equally as awesome as this book.
On a sidenote, I am currently reading at Mass Effect: Andromeda Nexus – Uprising and should be finished with that book sometime in the near future. That being said, I am also open to suggestions on what I should be reading next and reviewing so if you have a suggestion let me know in the comments section below.