You're welcome, world. Be prepared (!!!!!) to lose hours of your life to this monstrous phenomenon. Just as a heads up, some of these songs reallyyyy don't translate well to other languages - I think my personal fave is "Colors of the Wind" in Quebecois French.
Oh hell, let me save you the time.
IT WILL HURT YOUR SOUL.
Also fun - looking up the songs in the language they should really be sung in. (ex: any song from Hunchback of Notre Dame in French, Mulan songs in Chinese, etc.)
This is how I spend about 90% of my free time. Do you understand now why I don't really go outside??? Pfft, I'm cultured enough.
Unrelated, if you have a YouTube channel or video that you really like, tell me about it! Leave a comment or go on my Facebook page or you can even tweet me at @thegeekygal1. Maybe I'll make an entry here about some of the people I subscribe to/my favourite videos? I'm always looking for new content!
Now, speaking of YouTube, we need to talk about Felicia Day.
I'm a Felicia Day fangirl, kind of. (Hold on now.) Really, I am a fangirl, but I'm just not a hardcore "Supernatural" or "Buffy" fangirl. Yet, anyway. These things could change.
However... "The Guild" is probably one of my favourite creations on the planet. Although I was a bit jealous, because when I played WoW, my guild was filled with the rudest people on the face of the planet and I wanted to eat all of their families. I mean seriously. It was infuriating. And I was kind of jealous, because everyone on "The Guild" was comparatively cute and friendly (even Clara, the negligent mom, seemed like a wonderful change of pace - and Tinkerballa, the snarky cutie, would've been a better contender for a friend).
If you somehow don't know what "The Guild" is, please go check it out on Netflix or buy all the DVDs or buy me the DVDs (shhhhh). It's so clever and flows incredibly well, and it makes me feel good to know that there are people out there who are as anxious and awkward as I am. (But I mean even Codex leaves her house, so...)
So when I heard that the fantastic Felicia (nickname idea? Felicia, come on now) was coming out with a book, I basically threw my card at my computer screen and slammed my face onto my mouse so I could preorder this. I had to have it. I wanted to know more about how she became so cool (having watched her videos I'd catch little glimpses when she recalled childhood stories, but I was still interested in learning more).
I tweeted a reaction about this book, but...
To be honest, I'm conflicted?
I feel sacrilegious saying this - like, it's a sin that I don't automatically love it, right? Right...?
In fact, this was my first thought during the introduction:
(That's my personal Twitter, which you're also free to follow - I suck at Twitter and kind of mix this and my blog one up anyway, whoops.)
Oh, and when I went to get that screenshot, I saw that she liked one of my Tweets and I basically had a meltdown.
(I'm easy to impress, and I basically screamed and no one is awake for this news and I'm so mad????? FINALLY I ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING AND ALL OF MY INTERNET FRIENDS ARE MIA. Life is cruel.)
But um, yes. Sorry Ms. Day. (I feel like I should be more formal now - maybe Felicia is too personal and wouldn't make her comfortable and I wouldn't want to make her anxious.) I am a little conflicted about the book.
There were some things I REALLY loved, and some things I really didn't. But let's point out that the REALLY is capitalized with love, so for the most part I'm happy. I did enjoy this read - like everyone's been saying, this reads in a casual tone and you kind of feel like you're out eating pancakes and chatting.
And really, my complaints are so small I swear you'd think I was looking for an argument. (There's a scene in which she describes going to Build-A-Bear, and talking about this girl who likes princesses, and I was a bit miffed at Ms. Day's tone in regards to girls who love princesses - because EXCUSE AND PAUSE but princesses are just as amazing, okay? Princesses can lead countries and help people and be involved with politics and be intelligent and just as strong as a doctor or lawyer or any other feminist ideal of women SO HUSH.)
So, that miffed me a bit and put me off in the beginning and I felt guilty and kind of fell into a puddle and it turned into an existential crisis. But then I came back to reality and read the rest and wanted to be her best friend and go to pancake huts (houses? I mean IHOP?) with her every week. Oh, and beg her to teach me math. Math is so cool and I don't know why my brain won't soak it in, but I feel like she'd be able to teach me. (Or then we'd both have anxiety attacks - mine from having issues and hers from the fact that I'm having issues and maybe she'd feel like a bad teacher - and we'd eat Cheetos and watch Netflix for the rest of the day.)
So, overall I am really pleased. I was worried in the beginning but by the end I was really sad because I just didn't want the book to end. Although I'm sad it ended on a bit of a sour note - she talks of her experiences with Gamergate and I just felt so awful for her. Honestly I've been worried about her since she was doxxed and her writing made me even more worried - to not be comfortable in your own home? THAT is a tragedy. Especially when one is a homebody. I couldn't even imagine feeling uncomfortable in my own home. If that happened, I'd be horrified.
If you're a Felicia Day fan, or a fellow nerd, or a person who has working eyeballs and enjoys reading new things, I'd recommend picking up a copy of this. She's incredibly precious, but not in a condescending childlike way. She just seems like a precious kind of person - she's probably really nice and has a lot of information that she'd want to share with friends.
But I could be wrong. She could also be a succubus. I can't imagine a situation in which I'd ever know.
Thank you, Ms. Day, for finally writing a book! Hope you didn't cry too much during the process. Or that you at least stayed hydrated.
And to my readers, please share your favourite YouTube videos/channels with me! I want to write an entry about some of mine soon, and I'd love to hear from you!