“Hair check. How’s my hair?” I bounced a bit as I nervously combed my fingers through my hair. Two teenage girls walked past us as, holding up a third friend as she cried “She’s the most awesome person EVER!” Tears streamed down her face as she clutched her newly signed copy of Felicia Day’s book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).
We’d been in line for nearly three hours at this point and honestly… I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was not far from being that crying teenage girl myself. I’d spent the days leading up to the event trying to figure out what I wanted to tell her when I got to meet her. What was I going to say? How could I say “I love you! I love your work! You inspire me to do so much!” … how could I say all of that and not sound like a half-crazed fan?
I never figured it out. In the end I settled for a “Hi! How are you?!” and a lot of frantic nodding. She signed my book, there was a quick photo snapped and I walked out of the store in a daze.
Considering this is the internet and you’ve somehow found your way to me… I’m going to assume most of y’all know who Felicia Day is. For the Non-Nerds, Felicia Day is an actor, writer, producer, and Nerd extraordinaire. You may recognize her from her hugely successful webseries, The Guild (now on Netflix), Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, or as Charlie Bradbury on the CW’s Supernatural. I. Am. A. Huge. Fan.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) follows Day’s life as she grew up “weird” and the events leading up to her creating The Guild and ultimately saying goodbye to the webseries. She writes about her triumphs and a few or her less than triumphs. Day opens up about some of the harder days she faced on her journey to carve out her own little Nerd Kingdom. She wasn’t finding the fulfillment she was looking for so she did something about it. It wasn’t easy nor did it come without a price. A few of her paragraphs hitting close to home as she described some of her darker moments that I could relate a little too well too.
I finished reading late last night. I laughed. I cried. Afterwards, I felt energized and inspired. I then promptly fell asleep because it was 1 in the morning and I had work the next day. To close this all out I’m just going to say: If you’re a fan of Felicia Day’s, than this book is for you. It’s such an entertaining read that you will not be disappointed. If I had to stand in line for another 3 hours for this book, I’d do it again. If you’re not a fan of Felicia Day’s… still read this book. Then immediately go online and watch The Guild and to check out Geek & Sundry.