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A little background on me regarding Emilie Autumn: While I like a handful of songs from her "Opheliac" album, I'm a much bigger fan of her first album as a singer-songwriter, entitled "Enchant." Most of the songs on Opheliac are a little bit too angry for my taste, and I really prefer the acoustic violin over the electric one she uses on Opheliac. I also prefer her vocals from the Enchant era. Having said all that, once I heard that she had a book coming out dealing with bi-polar depression, suicide, and asylums in the Victorian era and now, I was excited. Then I found out the book was $50! After some hesitation, I decided to get it anyway because the subject matter is a major interest of mine.
Honestly, I didn't expect the book to be as beautiful and well-made as it is, since I heard she self-published it. When it arrived I was surprised to find that every page of the book is in glossy photo paper (I think that's what it's called). The whole book really is a work of art. It's also generously illustrated by photographs and drawings, and it has a hard cover. Anyway, the point being, now I know why this book costs $50! It looks like it was printed by a big name publishing company.
Now to the actual content: It's hard to explain under which category this book actually falls. It's part autobiography, part historical novel, part everything else. It's basically a mix of two things: Emilie Autumn's stay in a mental health facility after a failed suicide attempt and Emily's (with a 'y') stay in an insane asylum in the Victorian era. Emilie's part of the story also includes these three diaries: Cutting Diary, Drug Diary, and Suicide Diary. It was fascinating to read her account of being in a modern-day mental institution and her thoughts on depression and suicide.Read more ›
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This book was something I and other EA fans have been anticipating for a while. Like her music, it's an incredibly gritty, intense, and beautiful story. I've never read an auto-biography quite like it.
The Down Side: It's an EXTREMELY intense book, and I don't recommend it for anyone who struggles with self-harm issues; it's a brutally-honest look into Emilie's own mind and heart, and includes what is called her "cutting diary".
Along with that, it also has very graphic descriptions of various "experiments" performed by the "fictitious" doctors on their inmates. Those with weak constitutions may not be able to get through many of these descriptions.
The Plus Side: Being someone who's never felt the need to self-harm, it is a very eye-opening account about why some may feel the need to do so, and is a plea for the understanding and acceptance of those suffering from severe mental and emotional disorders.
Final Thoughts: A wonderful book that I will probably pick up again and again!
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I bought it for my daughter only due tot he fact that she is going to be 18 in a few weeks and she gave me the money to purchase it. She wanted it after seeing Emily Autumn in concert and was envious of her friends being able to participate in the "Tea Party" with Emily and have a book signed by her. She likes the book, but being a teenager that does not surprise me at all. I, myself, think it was quite the emotional writing experience for Emily to take on. She openly expressed her inner thoughts about her personal experiences and incorporated her imagination into a means to cope with the mental and emotional trauma she was experiencing at the time. I do commend her for taking on this daunting task to open herself in such a public forum. I am sure it took a lot of hard work a many hours to bring it to completion.
I know that kids look for "idols" and famous people to connect with and look up to, but this is not, in my opinion one of the most positive books that I have seen written. Although Emily does have a great talent for playing the violin, some of her songs in some cases (as well as many other "artists") reflect the deep thoughts and disturbed feelings brought to the open in this book. I do not recommend this book for younger teens. It is very, very dark in some parts and also very easily impressionable to kids who they themselves are just barely coping with making life choices. She incorporates her personal experience with a "fantasy alternate world" that even in my almost 18 year old caused her to have conflicting perceptions between the two settings. Please talk to your kids before getting them this book. This is a review to cause open discussion of the choices your children are making in life and the conflicting perceptions of acceptance and and positive choices.Read more ›