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November 23 2009

Felicia Day is the Geek You're Looking For. According to StarWars.com.

Nice interview with Felicia and lovely picture of her the on library ladder. I do hope she appears in Dr Horrible 2 in some way.
Excellent interview! They asked all the question I would have asked if I ever managed to ask any good questions (if you know what I mean). I am a huge Felicia Day/Guild fan, but I'm sorry they didn't even mention The Legend of Neil.
Felicia always gives good interview and the Bui Brothers photos are always a good choice. Loved their video of the shoot at the time. They all seemed to be having such a blast doing it.
Neil as Luke, Felicai as Leia and Nathan as Han (well duh!) = win.
"Felicia Day is the Geek You're Looking For." Uh yeah, didn't we all know this by now? :)
Simon - Made of Wintm!
I feel like we should shout "Zeitgeist !" in a Norm stylee ;).

Felicia as Leia, natch (if she can spare the time from her duties as President of the Universe). NPH is about 6' 2" though, isn't he a little, y'know, tall for a Storm Trooper ? Still, he could play short, guy's got chops. And Nathan's a shoe-in, nobody herds nerfs like that guy. Fact.

Nice interview. You think there's no way for Felicia Day to be more adorable and then she confounds you. She's very confoundy.
The fact that she was "not getting enough work because I was "quirky"" is another example of what is wrong with Hollywood.

More Felicia, this I command! (maybe that'll actually work)
Just when you think you couldn't possibly adore her more, there she goes being exponentially super prefixy adorable! ♥
I feel like we should shout "Zeitgeist !" in a Norm stylee ;).


You should follow your instincts!
"Zeitgeist !"

RL's keeping you pretty busy i'd imagine, hope all's well ;).
Yeah. So. I don't get her appeal.

She also comes across as abit phony, you know? "Oh look at me, I'm cute and do adorable things and I play games, check it out I'm such a geek guys, just liek you, I could be your best friend". Or just really business savvy, actually. That's a possiblity too.

Good on her for success, but I just can't see her appeal.
Yeah, I hate the way that she's cynically played video games her whole life, got a maths degree and played violin for years all in preparation for her current career, so she would appeal more to geeks. ;)

Someone who mentions "The Longest Journey" on twitter isn't faking it.
A large part of her appeal is that she is genuine. And adorable. If you want to see a girl that comes across as a faux geek, there are plenty of other examples out there. Olivia Munn is the one that comes to mind for me.
Phony is pretty much the last adjective I would apply to Felicia Day.

Funny, however, is near the top of the list. As are charming, inspiring and, as everyone has mentioned, adorable.
Well I guess she's only appealing if you believe she's sincere, which I wholeheartedly do. If she's been faking her personality 24/7 for the past couple years, well that'd be pretty impressive. She seems nothing but genuine and sweet to me.

Someone who mentions "The Longest Journey" on twitter isn't faking it.

And makes the creator swoon by doing so. Man, I want Dreamfall chapters already.
And makes the creator swoon by doing so.

Wow, that's really awesome. Wonder if Felicia realised who those two tweets were from, since she didn't reply. (If anyone else is wondering, we're talking about this guy: Ragnar Tornquist.) Well, if she's reading this thread, she knows now. :)

Man, I want Dreamfall chapters already.

I really liked Dreamfall too, but I'd forgotten about the prospect of episodic content. Sounds like it's still quite some time away, sadly.
Or just really business savvy, actually. That's a possiblity too.

It's also possible to be both things.
Wonder if Felicia realised who those two tweets were from, since she didn't reply.

I think she figured it out, because she's following him now. (ETA: Oh, she just replied to him.) I like to think of Ragnar as the Joss of games, and I know he often cites Joss as a big influence.

I also like straight adventure games with puzzles and stuff, like the old-timey Sierra games. I feel like that type of game should make a comeback with graphics the way they are now -- almost like living a movie.

Dreamfall was definitely movie-like, so she should enjoy that when she gets around to it. I love that she mentioned Sierra games. People usually just talk about LucasArts, which I loved as well. I really wish adventure games would make a comeback too.

[ edited by hacksaway on 2009-11-24 03:19 ]
Yeah. So. I don't get her appeal.

Different strokes for different folks. We're big fans of her in our house. Felicia was so sweet to our wee little kids during the autograph signing session at Wondercon last year, making such an impression on my daughter that she brought Felicia's picture to school for her Show & Tell day. If the kids are going to go gaga over some actress, better that it be an actress who is smart and talented enough to carve out her own little space in an industry that doesn't allow much room for women who are not Megan Fox.

[ edited by BrewBunny on 2009-11-24 05:53 ]
Someone who mentions "The Longest Journey" on twitter isn't faking it.

This has to be the most ridiculous statement I've read in a long while.
I imagine it'd be a bit on the nose to mention LucasArts games when being interviewed for StarWars.com. Especially since I don't think anyone still at that studio is involved with those new Sam and Max or Monkey Island games... (I personally am still holding out for Day of the Tentacle sequels though. ...And I still need to find my old CD and someday beat that bloody thing now I'm no longer 8.)

I do love her but I thought it was a little weird that she was aware the interviewer once wore a Jabba the Hutt costume (which did indeed look awesome). Maybe I'm just projecting as a lapsed Star Wars fan since the only time I've visited the official site in the last four or so years was when they had an interview with Richard Kelly (the guy who directed The Box and that one other movie he did after Donnie Darko with SMG).

Actually I had no idea that after the last of the movies came out they'd have branched out into other realms of slightly affiliated geekery with just a few token questions to bring p Star Wars itself. That's kind of neat and it'd be a great for me to hold out hopes for guest stars in that eventual live action project if they interviewed Dichen and Patton Oswalt...
I take it BTW, that her 'Lie to Me' episode got rescheduled after this interview ? Think i've seen them all so far and unless it was a real blink-and-miss-her part, I haven't seen Felicia on there.

And she seems totally genuine to me FWIW - either she's carefully crafted a geek persona complete with references and knowledge of games from 20 years ago (including a joint Maths/Music degree) and maintained it over the course of several years OR she's being genuine. Assuming she's genuine is more parsimonious (not to mention nicer).
This has to be the most ridiculous statement I've read in a long while.


Then you'll have no problem explaining why.
I do love her but I thought it was a little weird that she was aware the interviewer once wore a Jabba the Hutt costume

If this helps explain better: The author, Bonnie Burton is a celebrity personality in her own right, the real Internet queen, if you ask me. @bonniegrrl is probably my favorite person to follow on Twitter, and you could say "everyone" knew about the Jabba costume she wore.
It's incredibly cynical to assume that her entire public persona over the last several years is faked. Does she play it up? I'm sure she does, she would be stupid not to. Shes' been a gamer and a geek for a hell of a long time and in every interview (formal or off the cuff) and in person/personal appearances, she seems to genuinely be who she appears to be. Do you think she can afford to pay a small staff of total geeks to man her Twitter account/email/website and coach her before appearances to appear more geeky? Seriously... Occam's razor applies.
Then you'll have no problem explaining why.

You know how easy it is to fake knwoledsge, love, appreciation for things, right? Books, music, whatever. Especially on something like Twitter.

Do you think she can afford to pay a small staff of total geeks to man her Twitter account/email/website and coach her before appearances to appear more geeky?

And I never once said she had a small staff. Besides, NotaViking, you're ridiculous statement was topped, because this is just an attempt at putting words in my mouth.
"just an attempt at putting words in my mouth" - Gouki
So you are shocked that someone has misinterpreted your words/actions and assumed the worst about you when that is the sum total of your post with regards to Felicia Day?
Really?
Wasn't claiming you'd said she hired a staff, just trying to one up you on the absurdity meter to make a point. Sorry if it came off that way :).
I love Felicia to bits, but I completely see Gouki's point. She does come off as trying a little too hard on the geek cred at times. It's pretty common for "geek-famous" people to do. If they knew how to manage their image flawlessly they wouldn't be geeks, they'd be Ryan Seacrest.

And Sierra FTW.
Yes, when you're part of a traditionally marginalized subcultre, you tend to overdo the signals with people who are from the same subculture to emphasize your belonging. It's not that I don't see and understand Gouki's point, it's just that my experience of her in interviews and in person supports the idea that she is a geek (as well as being a smart business person who knows her audience). I'm sure that can come across as over the top or even fakey, but "come across as" != "is".
"Trying the coffee house writing thing today. If a dude comes up and tries to ask me what I'm writing...face punch."

Truth be told, I asked her "What are you riding?" because I saw her cool bike out front. But yeah she punched me anyway, and that's why I don't like her.
Did she mention Gary Gygax when she punched you?
zeitgeist, I looked him up on Wikipedia but I still don't get your joke, lol. ? I'm all ears though.
Gary Gygax co-created "Dungeons and Dragons" and so is something of a geek icon (especially among people who play RPGs and probably even among people who are apparently only pretending to play RPGs too). Mentioning him while "face-punch"ing could be construed as dropping a geek reference indiscriminately - i.e. playing up your geekiness - as Felicia Day is being accused of. Hence the joke.
I'm a fake geek, too. I started playing AD&D when I was eight, captained the chem club, and was in a world champion high school drum corps all in the hopes that I could one day become an internet mogul & geek culture icon. I failed miserably, but I spent so much time on my geek-cred endeavors that I didn't have time to develop my actual, non-geek, personality. So now I'm stuck.
Speaking of Felicia Day, did everyone watch The Guild's Season 3 finale this week ?

Was a little underwhelmed at times (or maybe it's just the fact that I watched Seasons 1 and 2 all over a couple days, whereas Season 3 I watched with everyone else once a week), but there were some very good eps and it finished pretty strong. I think web-series-wise though, Legend of Neil kinda owns me now (despite feeling that the finale for that was sorta off--surprising at least though).
You know how easy it is to fake knwoledsge, love, appreciation for things, right? Books, music, whatever. Especially on something like Twitter.


The point is that no-one who was faking it would ever have heard of "The Longest Journey" and they'd never use it to show off because the vast majority of geeks have never heard of it either.

Kris - I do think that The Guild episodes work better when viewed together. Season 3 was still very good, but I think it was a bit too ambitious in terms of the number of characters. There wasn't time for me to find the rival guild much else other than annoying, but they took time away from the main characters (a bit like Buffy S7 with the potentials).

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