So we here at Three Yards realize there’s been quite a delay since our last article, but we promise there’s a good reason.
We had our first brush with celebrity.
Not to say we were starstruck, specifically. That term’s a little understated. It was more like we were a small planetoid minding our own business when a black hole of amazingness, spouting rainbows and dropping $100 bills, appeared before us and upended our entire perception of the universe.
Yes, that’s a ridiculous description. We know. Black holes couldn’t possibly have that much cash on them, because everybody knows gravitational singularities only use debit MasterCard. In any event, this happened:
We understand that Ms. Day is relatively unknown to the world at large, never having been in a nationally-acclaimed wide-release film or more than a few appearances in a television series. Most of you have more than likely never heard of her. So, you might be asking, “Why the fuck should we care?”
(IMDB link here [for those of you who are now asking “WHAT THE FUCK IS IMDB?! DAMN YOU KIDS AND YOUR INTERNET JARGON!” it’s a listing of everything an actor/actress has ever been in. Ever.])
Largely, friends, you should care because Felicia Day is Queen of the Nerds.
That’s right. That’s Felicia, dressed up as her avatar from “The Game,” her version of World of Warcraft used in her web series The Guild.
Anywho; Ms. Day has appeared in web series and more with Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion, and is a close friend of Joss Whedon (writer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and director of the upcoming blockbuster Marvel Studios film The Avengers), so in the sci-fi/gaming community she’s somewhat of a unicorn: a beautiful, intelligent woman who is really and truly part of the culture and wants to support and grow it.
The unique thing about Ms. Day is that she isn’t fazed by the realization that every day, when she interacts with fans (and she obviously does, see above), she’s the object of desire for millions of socially inept, basement-dwelling gamers. Not to be stereotypical, because we have dabbled in WoW and consider ourselves largely socially inept, but you get the idea.
Ms. Day and a few of her nerd-girl friends (Kiala Kazebee, Veronica Belmont and Bonnie Burton), have a monthly book club they like to call “Vaginal Fantasy,” so named because of its focus on novels in the fantasy/sci-fi genres featuring strong female lead characters. Think the anti-Twilight, in which Bella serves as nothing more than a portable snack bar and Fleshlight for the much more exciting EVERY OTHER CHARACTER IN THE ENTIRE SERIES. Seriously, even the living room furniture gets more characterization.
For January, Ms. Day and her cadre hosted a public Google+ hangout, where they appeared on video for their book club meeting and opened it to public viewing. One user watching likened it to girls having coffee at a Starbucks, with 3,000,000 people at the next table over listening in.
Granted, it’s a little odd, but those are the times we live in. During the webcast, we were updating Facebook and checking our Twitter feed, when the ladies decided to open the floor to questions submitted via Twitter using the #VaginalFantasy hashtag. Over the next 15 minutes, those watching submitted questions until the tag appeared on the Twitter home page as “Trending Worldwide.”
(Ed. note: We don’t have the updated “embed tweet” ability yet. Fucking Twitter.)
Then, the floodgates truly opened.
Those of us in the know soon realized that we had truly started something. The tag actually got more traffic from people asking what the hell the deal was than those Tweeting questions and comments about Vaginal Fantasy proper. It was SO big, in fact, that Twitter suddenly removed the tag from the front page with no warning. This all happened in the space of 15-20 minutes, as such is the speed of the Twitterverse, and then we made our tweet, and the rest is history.
It was such a big hit that Felicia and Co. started their own Facebook fan page for Vaginal Fantasy, and you can also find the group here, here and here. Be a part of the #VaginalFantasyArmy, why dontcha?
The video for the hangout, which Felicia so dutifully updated, can be found here: