Let’s take a trip to my college years. Freshman year was spent sitting in my dorm room watching YouTube videos, playing video games, and waiting for my then-girlfriend to call me. Ah, those were the (not so great) days. One day, I was browsing YouTube and up popped a video called The Guild. It was the first episode of the first season. I watched it and I was hooked. The writing was clever, the characters were hilarious, and it felt like I was watching my friends and me. It was super cool!
Throughout college, I devoured this show. I watched it several times through. It really spoke to me and kept me sane sometimes. During that time, I also found Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and loved that so much. Felicia Day really knows how to do great things.
Which brings me to the meat of this post. I recently listened to Felicia Day’s memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and absolutely loved it. Her narration was great. The book follows Felicia’s rise from homeschooled awkward kid to internet-famous awkward adult in a hilarious and, sometimes, cringe inducing way. I really enjoyed listening to how The Guild was made and how it went from some backyard web-series to a huge international hit. It really inspired me to keep writing even if I feel it is stupid.
I related heavily to Felicia Day, as someone who is awkward and anxious, but also with an ego the size of the Hindenburg. Her writing process for The Guild is exactly how I feel whenever I write a blog post or continue working on my novel. “This is great! I am doing so great at this whole writing thing.” Then, two days later “What was I thinking? This is garbage!”
My favorite part of the book was her chapter on Gamergate. I distinctly remember reading a lot of articles about it and going “What the hell is going on and why are people so upset?” Her story about what happened to her because of those Gamergate knuckleheads made me sick. How can people get so upset about this stuff? It made me sad to be a gamer.
I guess I don’t have much else to say about it other than SHE TOTALLY LIKED MY TWEET. CHECK IT, NERDS. (Yes, I will charge my phone)