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The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,278 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Presenting Emilie Autumn's long awaited autobiographical, reality-bending thriller, "The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls." This beautifully bound hardcover volume measures 8" x 11.5" and clocks in at a massive 274 fully illustrated pages. Positively packed with hand-written memoirs, photos, and paintings, this profoundly empowering epic not only deserves a place on your ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 264 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by The Asylum Emporium
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Ashley Rieflin
Jan 30, 2010 Ashley Rieflin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I would like to say that I was unable to relate to most of Emilie Autumn's harrowing tale of the time she spent in a mental institution for trying to kill herself and the parallel story that she created about a young girl in the Victorian era who was also sent to a mental institution. I would like to say that I never thought of killing myself. I would like to say that I never attempted to kill myself before. On most days I forget that the event ever happened. I have masterfully convinced myself ...more
Before anyone jumps down my throat, let me just begin by saying that I'll provide quotes from the book just to show that I'm not talking out of my ass here. Ready? Okay.

This book makes me so, so angry. As both a psych student and someone who was diagnosed with depression, I dived into this book expecting a riveting tale, an account of what goes on into a mental institution. But what I found was a story riddled with misinformation, exaggeration, and all round pretentiousness. And yes, I'm aware t
**Possibly SPOILERIFFIC. You've been warned.**

I've been a huge muffin of Emilie Autumn's for years now, even having met her on one glorious occasion after seeing her magnificent live show. She is someone I highly look up to. She's graceful, elegant, intelligent, talented and beautiful. Of course we all knew her to be an incredible artist, but this book completely blew away any of the expectations I had.

The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls is a large, glossy coffee table book, and though it is
Spider the Doof Warrior
May 02, 2014 Spider the Doof Warrior rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
This book was INTENSE. Emilie Autumn's insights about bipolar disorder and mental health care were extremely fascinating. I'll have to write a better review when I read this book again. It also has some very interesting illustrations.

Damn, the Victorian Era sucked. I love the aesthetics but not the era.

This book is a story within a story. You have Emilie Autumn being forced into an institution after a suicide attempt. She talks about how her freedom and privacy was taken from her and wonders how
Apr 11, 2016 Rose rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This book is ridiculous. Not even in a good way. I will give you a blow-by-blow summary, but first, a taste! The book is filled with the somewhat edited ramblings of a drama queen. When she voluntarily checks herself into the hospital, she expected something along the lines of this:

Instead, she got:

“Please fill out this form!”

When she didn’t receive the grand fanfare she anticipated, she threw a fit and wrote a crappy book about it. Then there’s some crap about Alice in Wonderland and some other
Dec 25, 2010 Lina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
This book is the tale of Emilie Autumn's stay in a mental asylum after her failed suicide attempt. Within the true story is also another story (which I believe was created in Emilie's own mind as a way to cope with her stay) of a girl named Emily-with-a-y, who is from Victorian times and also in an Asylum for suicide.

There is no denying this book is intense, that is part of a reason it took so long for me to finish it. Even though it is 266 pages, it is about the size of a dictionary in height.
Hilary Lowell
Aug 22, 2015 Hilary Lowell rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Collectors of Emilie Autumn's works
The Asylum For Wayward Victorian girls is an autobiographical / psychological thriller with an intriguing title that depicts, at first, the autobiographical modern tale of the authors brief stay in a mental institution. Narrated throughout by the author, Emilie, a self-invented (highly conceited but in small doses likeable) American McGee's Alice. This was the only story I cared for and the only reason I made my purchase, I have often been fascinated by what goes on within the creative mind of t ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Zarena rated it did not like it
I used to be a huge fan of Emilie until I saw her live and witnessed her performing a song called "Manatee retard" which mocked mentally handicapped people. I found this odd coming from someone "famously bipolar."

A family member surprised me with this book for Christmas thinking I was still a fan. I feel bad because they emphasized on how expensive it was. So I looked through it. Not surprised in the least - I found content discriminating those with mental disabilities, still I'm stunned as Emi
Mar 22, 2016 Sharon rated it did not like it
I have to say there seems to be a lot of ungenuine high ratings on this book to keep the rating up after Autums very public outcry regarding her book being rated one star. She called it bullying. I can't say I saw much evidence of this at the time except for one or two reviews which have (thankfully) been deleted.

It is sad that the author cannot understand that not everyone is going to enjoy their book. But her outcry is why I am going to choose how I write my review carefully because clearly t
Pia Flores
Dec 22, 2015 Pia Flores rated it did not like it
I am still reading this book but so far is like 'factitious illness'101. Is very painful to read when you are living with mental illness because it feel a little like the author (who was my hero until I read story) is mocking us. It feels like this was made up for the money, like stage character, it has many errors and it also seem like she actually has no empathy for anyone but herself specially people like me, living with mental illness. It is like munchausen syndrome diary. It's terrible. I n ...more
Eleanor Bridgewater
Aug 27, 2015 Eleanor Bridgewater rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me, ok

The appearance of the book was alluring and the layout of content, interesting though I have read others books created in this scrap note book design and often find them more interesting than your average black and white read, yes I am one of those that like books with pictures, so this was bound to take my interest.

Emilie showed a fine example of Parents who push their children to be outstanding musicians because the parents need the reflected glory, it was saddening. On the other hand.....
I feel like I've found some kindred spirits within the book of a kind I've never known before. It makes me want to research and read other accounts of victorian insanity in women. I told my husband this and he didn't understand at all why I would want to read what must be such disturbing accounts. And I didn't really have any kind of good answer for him. But now I think it's that kinship that I'm feeling making me want to connect with them and share in their stories.

Like the members of the strip
Apr 18, 2016 Joel rated it did not like it
Shelves: wtf, trash
It has taken me six months to finish this, it was so tedious, my seven year old sister isn't this dramatic and infant like. If I never hear or read the word stockings or come across another sycophantic Anglo-phile who lives for stereotype and playing pretend, I will be grateful. Can't actually believe Emilie Autumn wrote this after how much she portrays herself as an intellectual. The historical errors are almost comical. I think she has a wild imagination and has aimed to shock with this book, ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Alejandra rated it did not like it
I have two different editions of this book and it has been messed with by the author so much that it's hard to decipher what is fact or fiction in the autobiography side of the story. It seems slightly just as fictional as the fictional half, more so as it goes along. There is a lot of unnecessary ranting and self-pity to the point of being uninteresting.

In March 2014, I also ordered the audio book because I wanted to hear the author tell her story, see if I would hear a genuineness in her voic
Jason Duchscherer
Jan 23, 2014 Jason Duchscherer rated it it was ok
Hmm, well I'm taking a few moments out of my day to write a review of this "book" as a kind of catharsis. I need to just so I can mourn the loss of the time I spent with it, and move on.

I'll begin by saying that it's an enormous pile of sh.., and the only reason I can imagine someone would read it is to see if their patience is strong enough. Strong enough to reach the point where they find the reason why the author went to the trouble to put all these words on all these pages... only to find yo
Jul 29, 2015 Ashleigh rated it did not like it
I don't normally give bad reviews( wish I could zero star rate )but I have and have known people who have suffered, and still do, with depression. I feel like this book is an insult to the people who read it and the people who suffer with any mental illness.
I read the first 20% and promptly realised there was no way I could continue reading this silly self pitying self obsessed attention seeking pile of pretentious nonsense.
So needless to say I did not and will not finish it and I'd advise every
May 05, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash
Terrifying to think that this, THIS, is the material being handed out by a self-proclaimed mental health advocate and one who clearly owns no conscience.

A plethora of whining, self-pity, hate, bullying, negativity, falseness and full of ableism - Although not surprising coming from an author who lacks need for a wheelchair and yet puts themself on display in one. Did I mention fat shaming? Yes, bullying of those who are overweight, but this is okay apparently for the author (who is also the nar
Oct 06, 2015 Ilse rated it it was ok
(Dutch - Nederlands)

The asylum for wayward Victorian girls, door: Emilie Autumn
Genre: het boek is deels autobiografisch (hoewel door sommigen bestempelt als 'onzin') en (betwijfeld) historisch accuraat.
Waardering: 2/5
Korte samenvatting: Emily (Victoriaans Engeland) en Emilie (eigentijds Amerika) proberen allebei aan hun eigen, gruwelijke werkelijkheid in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis te ontsnappen.
Wie moet dit lezen?: Fans van Emilie Autumn, mensen met een olifantenhuid en weinig aantrekkingsk
Kayleigh Dolly D'Andilly
Jan 07, 2015 Kayleigh Dolly D'Andilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I truly love a book several things happen to me
1. I of course find it hard to put down
2. I have very vivid dreams about it
3. It influences my dress
4. I find it very hard to review (because how can you put into words how a book this special makes you feel)
All of the above has happened, I am officially in love with this book.

I thought I would like this book, it's about everything that I love or find fascinating, but sometimes this can work to the books disadvantage, because I have extra hig
Dec 04, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing, definitely on of my favourites.
Not only is it amazing in terms of content it is also amazing visually (And I've always been a sucker for a beautiful book that looks good on the bookshelf)

The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, is a semi-autobiographical, fantasy novel, I did think this to be an odd combination at first. However, Emilie Autumn presents the story in a way that works, with smooth changes from the real world to the fictional Asylum.
This book is clearly very p
Feb 19, 2011 Maureen rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my absolute favorites. It is amazingly written and has beautiful artwork in it as well. While partially a true story of Emilie's stay in a mental institution, there is a fictional story within about Emily (with a "y") who is staying in a Victorian Asylum. Having some of Emilie Autumn's actual handwriting in the book made it much more personal and made it seem much more like a journal than just any ordinary book. This is a must read for any "muffin" (Emilie Autumn fan).
Apr 07, 2010 Raven rated it it was amazing
I learned not only about this woman who has already helped so many lost girls/women find their way but learned about my self and others with manic depression. It is a good read for those not shy about the dirty gritty truth of what really happens behind the doors of asylums.
Wilhelm Goldstein
Apr 04, 2016 Wilhelm Goldstein rated it did not like it
Danke for curing my insomnia with this over the top, self-worshipping, book of fiction. thought it would never happen.
Emm ☿ Synklaire
3.5 Stars
Even if I had problems with it, I do not like to diss or judge anyone's memoir, however fictional it may or may not be. Just because something is fictionalized does not mean it isn't still intensely personal. It's just personal in a more poetic way than a strictly-realist way. There's nothing wrong with that.

My problem mainly, is that I was hoping to get more of an insight into Emilie Autumn as an artist, what sparked the inspiration for some of her work. What made her who she is, I sup
Amanda Pearl
I don't think I've ever read anything like The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. It is amazing, horrifying, and both a work of magical fiction and brutal honesty. I felt like for the first time I had found someone who could understand how I feel. I identified on so many levels with this book, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. I appreciate Emilie as an artist so much more now because I realize just how much of herself she puts into everything she does. This is one of a kind, and is we ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
I really felt connected to this book, though at times some of Emilie's experiences hit a little too close to home. As a loyal fan of Emilie Autumn's music and having seen her live several times over the years, I found it enlightening to have her candidly express all she's been through; I can see now what fueled her songs and her cast of stage characters. This book is a mix of her real-life experiences in a mental asylum and her escapist fantasies of a Victorian asylum. She makes some very insigh ...more
Sarah Tschetter
Oct 13, 2013 Sarah Tschetter rated it really liked it
(I'm going to attempt to keep this spoiler free for people who haven't read it.)

I have read TAFWVG twice in my life; the first time at school, because a friend had it and she allowed only me to read it, and earlier this month. There are things here and there that I noticed that weren't quite historically accurate, but I chose to ignore those things and continue on reading.

This is a great book, not because it's by Emilie Autumn -- one of my favorite musicians -- but because it is very raw and rea
Jul 22, 2016 Razwana rated it did not like it
She should have left the book alone. First time round it wasn't perfect and yes it had many errors, but now, the audiobook (which is allegedly going to be the new printed version), is just tragic.

I won't repeat what others have said about certain parts, their reviews are all accurate and I agree - sometimes a project just doesn't deserve more than one star, and, every author should acknowledge this and work from the negative criticism not accuse people who don't like it of all being "bullies."
Christine Starkey
Apr 16, 2012 Christine Starkey rated it liked it
Half autobiography, half psychological thriller. An amazing book when you take into account that Emilie did everything herself: the writing, photography, design, artwork... She put her heart into this work, and I admire her for taking years to put out such a beautiful product that is both raw, rough, and hauntingly honest. I cannot say that I am a big fan of her work, but do believe she is a very multi-talented lady.
Feb 10, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing
Every single freakin thing about this book invited you in! You get lost in a world of madness, filthy victorians, talking rats, and insanity. But I must inform you: Once you get into the asylum you really cannot go back. I'm deadly serious.

100% the most amazng book I have ever read in my life!
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Emilie Autumn Liddell (born in Los Angeles, on September 22, 1979), better known by her stage name Emilie Autumn, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and violinist. Autumn draws influence for her music—the style of which she has alternatively labeled as "Victoriandustrial" and glam rock—from plays, novels, and history, particularly the Victorian era. Performing with her all-female backing band ...more
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