Just a Geek
Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me", and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a viable means of paying t...more
I've always known Wil Wheaton as one of the greater internet Powers.
That's how I think of people like Wheaton, Doctorow, Scalzi, and Jerry over at Penny Arcade. They are people who occupy the internet community on an almost deific level. They're actively engaged in discussions about things like creative commons, and web freedom, and other bigthink information-age issues. When they speak on a subject, the air shakes, people tweet and link and perform other media-appropriate types of adulation.
In case I've never mentioned it, since opening CCLaP I've had a growing amount of friends here in Chicago start to loan me older books on a regular basis, simply because they're interested in seeing what I have to say about them; that's how I ended up with Just A Geek, for example, the 2004 personal...more
Anyhow, the 1st half of the book was good --- it was basically like Paul Shirley's "Can I Keep My Jersey." You've heard the stories of people going to Hollywood to "make it" and end up waiting tables for a decade. You've heard about people being crazy famous. How about being kinda famous as a kid, then to be cha...more
The structure of Wheaton's life parallels Romantic poet William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience: a childhood period of perfect happiness, when everything simply falls into one's lap...then the difficult, painful transitions of adolescence and young adulthood, into an awareness of loss, of disappointment, anger, and an understanding of what fear really means....then, if one is fortunate and perseverant, a final transformation into what Blake scho...more
For those that don't know Wheaton, he was the youngest cast membe...more
The book (a combination of blog posts made in Wheaton's late 20s, and later further commentary) is an easy, interesting read, giving the reader a very relatable look into the feelings of a former child star a...more
Now, when I say I like the author, I don't mean from his child star years. I didn't watch Star Trek as a kid (I was all about Star Wars), and I'm pretty sure I've never seen Stand By Me, although I could have seen it when I was too young for it to have made an impression. I mean to say I like him as an "Internet Power" (as Patrick Rothfuss labeled him), and also as a writer, a book...more
I think the reason I picked it up was because I was curious as to why I was starting to see him or references to him in all my favourite webcomics, etc. And after reading this book I'm still not sure why.
This book really felt like it was missing something. I kno...more
After a while the angst is just really pathetic, especially when he whines about auditions. [Newsflash - being stuck in a room with 3-9 other people who are also bored silly hearing nearly identical readings the same goddamn script over and over again day after day to cast someone is not fun for them, why should THEY be responsible for making it "fun" or "relaxed...more
i admit it, i have a girl crush on wil wheaton.
i read dancing barefoot a few months ago and really enjoyed it. i enjoyed this book too.
i think wil’s a pretty good writer, and i enjoy most of the stories that he tells. he writes on his own blog of course, but also on tvsquad, suicide girls, and a myriad of other online sites. i think it’s pretty cool that he’s been able to (successfully) move from actor to writer. he’s not an actor/writer or a writer/actor. i think he’s both. it s...more
Although I've seen most of the Star Trek movies and several episodes of the various Trek TV shows, I can't really call myself a true Trekkie. I didn't even watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I became a fan of Wil Wheaton, the geek, rather than Wil Wheaton, the Star Trek actor. Several years ago, my husband told me that Wil was hanging out on Slashdot, one of his favorite sites at the time, and I couldn't help but think how cool it was that a celebrity was chatting w...more
Okay so. Before I started reading this book, which is a collection of Wil Wheaton's blog posts and some extra autobiographical commentary, my opinion of him was on the positive side of indifferent: I watch his show Table Top and he's alright in that and I liked him in Eureka, but since his characters in that show, Leverage, The Guild and The Big Bang Theory all seem to have the same personality I didn't believe him to be a particularly good actor. So I didn't...more
I'm very happy to say, it delivers on that promise.
In 1991, I was 13 years old and Wil Wheaton was about to retire from Star Trek at the ripe old age of 18. My friend Alyssa and I went to a convention in Toronto to hear Wil speak.
I was floored by the difference between the character I'd seen on TV - clean shaven, immaculate spandex attire, smiling, polite and drippin...more
A little background on how I came to read this book: like many other people, I watched Star Trek when I was little. Because, in that time, tv shows would appear in my country 10 to 20 years after their debut, I managed to watch both the original series and the others in the same decade. However, I was pretty much indifferent to Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton's character on The Next Generation). And I didn't watch Stand By Me until much later in my life.
Cut to the year 2007....more
Fast forward to 2013. Wil Wheaton has b...more
I was wrong.
I think I actually learned a lot from reading this book, not just about Wil but about connecting with people, online and in three dimensions. About holding back and about honesty. I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to and I'm quite likely to pick up W...more
Sometimes getting a glimpse behind the facade of a performer leaves me wis...more
It's a book filled with personal stories, website entries and general thoughts of Mr. Wheaton himself. What more is there to say?
It's thought-provoking reading his book, getting his take on his role in the acting-world and how he struggled with not only that, but also himself on so many levels.
Life is typically a battle against yourself in many ways, but it takes a lot more than willpower to win. I felt inspired and in awe afte...more
I remember seeing Wil as the boy Gordy in Stand by Me. he was one of the talented actors in this well done movie. this is an honest memoir of trying to find wo...more
Much of the content of Just a Geek comes from Wheaton's blog. But what I love about this book...more
In itself, the story of a a...more
Textually, I rather wish Wheaton had gone into more detail regarding his family. I liked reading about his wife and children – his wife in particular sounds like an awesome person – but there’s little background information given on their relationships. I would have liked to have learned about their co...more
Just A Geek was a surprisingly interesting and personal memoir of a former child star and current geek. Normally, like other reviewers, I find autobiographies and memoirs to be self indulgent, but this was different. Wil Wheaton can actually write, and I cared about him as a reader. More than once, I was genuinely angry for him. That being said, I think he reprinted a little too much of his blog, and some of it ended up being repeated a few times in the non-blog portion. He stated in the beginni...more