- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: The Asylum Emporium (2009)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Z0W0SG
- Package Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.3 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls Hardcover – 2009
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Straddling the bookshelves somewhere between psychological study, historical horror story, and fantasy fiction sits Emilie Autumn’s debut autobiographical novel, "The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls." Written and illustrated by the notoriously manic-depressive rock star, this chilling tale combines humor, tragedy, and suspense to produce a blood-curdling account of the nightmare that is life inside an insane asylum, comparing those from the Victorian era with our modern day version, and proving, through her own personal experiences, that not much has changed from then to now. Culled directly from Emilie's real-life diary entries, the story begins with her suicide attempt and prompt imprisonment inside a psychiatric hospital. Sparing no detail, Emilie shows us exactly what goes on inside this house of horrors, exposing secrets that the general public could never have guessed at. Narrated with the sarcastic and self-deprecating humor present in all of her works, much of the subject matter may be considered controversial. Still, as in her song lyrics, Emilie tells the truth at all costs, thrusting the brave reader into a play-by-play narrative of her bi-polar episodes, even providing photos, blood, cuts, and all. The tale takes an unexpected turn when, whilst still in the psych ward, Emilie discovers evidence of a parallel dimension - a world that soon becomes indiscernible from her own. As the days go by, the seemingly disparate worlds of the story’s two lead characters (Emilie and Emily, Emilie's Victorian counterpart) begin to merge, leaving the reader, as well as the book’s author, rather confused as to whether the accounts are truly autobiographical or whether she has managed to seamlessly morph from true-life tale to extremely well-researched historical fiction. It is a reality-bending thriller as well as a profoundly empowering tale.
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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. But what I found even more fascinating was Emily's story (which is actually a bigger part of the book). At times scary and disturbing, Emily's story is always fascinating. It even features talking rats! And best of all: it's expertly written. I was surprised at how well-written the whole book was. You don't usually think that singer-songwriters could write so well in this form, but Emilie Autumn has surprised me in a good way. She could definitely have a successful career as a novelist if she wanted to.
As far as the editing side of things, I've only noticed a couple of spelling mistakes, which is on par with books published by the big name publishers. There was a weird jump from page 10 to 11 (I think some text is missing) but it doesn't really take anything away from the story.
Overall, if you are interested in mental illness, depression, suicide, insane asylums (then and now), or just want to know more about Emilie Autumn, you can't go wrong with this book. It's beautifully made and well-written, and (in my opinion) definitely worth the $50 I paid for it.
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. Everyone has a right to make their choices for their lives or how to express their lives, just encourage them to make healthy positive choices for the future of their well being. This is not a review to berate the efforts of Emily to openly and willingly put her thoughts and emotions to print. I commend her for making it through such a difficult time on her life and being willing to openly share it with everyone.