I have sort of been MIA for the last few weeks, but that was part laziness and partly because my other system was down and my mother needed to use this one. However, I have finally gotten around to writing my opinion piece on one of those rear books I fell in love with. Felicia Day, gamer, actor, businesswoman, writer, director, producer and I don’t even know what all, is a person I have admired for a few years now because of her role on the show Supernatural. Admittedly, I knew nothing about her apart from that. So, when she came to write her memoir, I hoped and hoped she would talk about the show. Despite all the reviews saying otherwise, I went ahead and bought the book, and boy am I glad I did.
To keep it short and simple, I LOVED THE BOOK! basically go out there and buy it. I am not someone who enjoys biographies and memoirs, but like I said, this one was an exception. The book honestly felt like you were sitting with Felicia having a cup of coffee and talking about her life. The conversational tone belied what many would have made into a ‘awwww poor girl’ story. Felicia tells it like it is, while keeping drama and self-pity at the very minimum. The book was like a burst of fresh air, after reading thrillers for some time. It made me smile, tear up, jump up and down with glee, burst out laughing, shaking my head in fondness, basically everything you want a good book to do for you.
In the beginning Felicia promises to give you a bunch of life quotes through the book, and she did not disappoint. I here have summed up SOME of my favourite quotes from the book.
“the world opened up for me once I decided to embrace who I am – unapologetically”
“we are bringing an empty bookshelf, life is what we fill it with”
“with responsibility comes great admiration”
“Growing up without being judged by other kids allowed me to be okay with liking things no-one else liked”
” Knowing yourself is life’s eternal homework”
“How wonderful it is to connect with like-minded people. No matter how lonely and isolated and starved for connection you area, there’s always the possibility in the online world that you can find a place to be accepted, or discover a friendship that started with the smallest of interests but could last a lifetime. ”
“it’s harder to perform in front of five of your friends than five hundred strangers.”
“Don’t chase perfection for perfection’s sake or for anyone else’s sake at all. If you strive for something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up… and make sure if you’re working hard at something its in a subject you actually want to remember something about ten years later.”
“I wanted to find a dream that I couldn’t live without pursuing”
“Never let the truth stop you from getting what you want”
“when the system you want to be a part of so badly turns into someone you’re unhappy with and lose sight of yourself, is it worth it? Er.. probably not”
“I’ve always felt like a failure inside if I’m not already a success”
“No problem is insurmountable if you’re willing to be creative and bat your eyelashes a little”
“You’re never weird when you’re surrounded by people who are weird like you”
“I love the idea of breaking the system. And the beauty of the internet is that it gives everyone, especially unrepresented voices, the opportunity to do a little breaking”
So in the end, I will sum it up simply to say, go ahead and read it, whether you are an actor or not, a gamer or not, a recluse or not, I am pretty sure you will enjoy it.