I don’t remember the first time I heard the name Felicia Day. It had to have been around 2011, but, then again, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t introduced to Dr. Horrible (the first thing I saw her in) until my senior year of college 2 years later. If I remember correctly – which isn’t always the case – I first heard about Felicia Day from one of my friends, who happened to be in the Ultima Dragons group with her.
From the first time I heard about her, I felt a dislike for the red-headed actress. Whenever anyone said her name, I typically responded with, “Ugh, I hate Felicia Day.” Before you bite my head off and tell me about everything she’s done to help female gamers, let me tell you why. When my aforementioned friend told me about Felicia Day, she mentioned that she hadn’t been in contact with her for a long time. She told me that as Day got more and more famous, she became less and less active in the group. This is reasonable, as she’s obviously a very busy person, since she produces, writes, acts and runs a company.
Apparently, I’m not a very good listener because I heard something different. What I took from that conversation was that, once Felicia Day became famous, she thought herself too good for the Dragons and refused to be a member of the group. I can’t abide by that kind of behavior. Do you see how that would warrant animosity from someone she’ll probably never meet? No? Okay.
You’ll be happy to know that a series of events caused me to make a full 180 in regards to my feelings about the aptly titled “Queen of the Geeks.”
The first event happened because I was bored. Lately, instead of letting myself get bored, I typically try to work on something that will help me gain a better understanding of what I do, which is contribute to a blog about gaming. So, I decided to suck it up and finally watch The Guild. Half-way through the first episode, I was hooked. I relate to Codex on a spiritual level (I’m also super awkward with a high amount of social anxiety). So, knowing that Codex/Cyd was based on Felicia Day, as well as written and played by Felicia Day, my dislike of her began to chip away. My world was upside-down.
The second event happened directly after my binge marathon of the web series. My friend, the Dragon, told me that Felicia Day was as nice in person as she always was online. My response, as could be expected given the misconception I’d carried around for 4 years, was, “Wait… what?!” She explained to me what really happened and helped me to realize my mistake. Felicia Day was never a too-good-for-the-little-people actor type. She simply didn’t have the time to keep up with it. My friend continued on to say that Felicia Day recently got back in contact with the Dragons (within the last couple of years) due to the loss of a friend in the group, which really meant a lot to them. Cue heart melting.
The third event, which was in direct relation to the second event, was my reading You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir. As we were speaking, through comments on Facebook, I went to Amazon and ordered the book. Through Day’s funny prose and highly interesting anecdotes, the final stage of my transformation was complete. I was an official subject of Queen Felicia.
It only took me 4 years to realize that everyone was right.
Check back next week for my review of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir.
-Vanri the Rogue