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The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,485 ratings  ·  517 reviews
Two young women, living centuries apart, both accused of madness, communicate across time to fight a common enemy... their doctors.

"It was the dog who found me."

Such is the stark confession launching the harrowing scene that begins The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls as Emilie Autumn, a young musician on the verge of a bright career, attempts suicide by overdosing on th
Paperback, 4th edition, 392 pages
Published June 22nd 2017 by Asylum Emporium (first published December 15th 2009)
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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
Ashley Rieflin
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hilary Lowell
Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pia Flores
Dec 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
**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
Jason Duchscherer
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
May 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
'You,' he said, 'are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe, is why you are in so much pain.'

That quote is the reason I wanted to read this book in the first place. That, and this weirdly beautiful violin music from an artist I used to really like named Emilie Autumn. I thought Emilie was such a beautiful quirky and extremely talented soul who escaped mental illness and found a beautifully creative way to come to terms with it and share her story with the world.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
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
Spider the Doof Warrior
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
Eleanor Bridgewater
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.....
Wilhelm Goldstein
Apr 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Danke for curing my insomnia with this over the top, self-worshipping, book of fiction. thought it would never happen.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
I was enjoying the book until it became kinda repetitive: the old victorian girl who is inside of the asylum and Emilie who is in the same asylum but now. At the beginning both stories were alluring but at 50% in the book it began to be more of the same. While it is true that in the victorian girl you can see a critic of the society of the epoque that put many women through the grinder because they weren't comploant, we soon find the story somewhat lags describing tortures but not offering much. ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jul 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Shelves: dissapointing
Review of the audiobook

*spoilers alert*

So after waiting two years after paying, it arrived, and I've listened to it. As well as the rushed plain black packaging with RE-used logos instead of the promised exclusive artwork; the content itself is rushed. With snippets of other releases included to fill it up.

The story has been changed ALOT from the original.

Let's start with the most stupidest : she as always stated the stay the book was based upon was around 2004, when she was 27 / 28 (born 1977
Emm C²
“I shall devote what is left of my life to making my prison my palace. Just think of it, ladies: an asylum, by definition, ought to be a sanctuary for those who need one, and I fear I shall always need one.”

Not even the devil could envy the madwoman.
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls juxtaposes Autumn’s personal experiences in a modern mental hospital with the dark magic realism of a fictional womens’ asylum in the mid-1800s, told by an alternate Emily “with a Y”. Emilie and Emily begin to c
Jul 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book and author are ridiculous. Sadistic to some extent with the whole obsessive compulsive need to lie frantically about experiences which are deadly grave for so many. The fact is, in the beginning (when the book was first published) Autumn claimed this book to be her memoir mixed with half fictional tale (Emily with a y). She never stated it too just be picks from her experiences, no! This was directly published from her spiral notebook journal she penned in an asylum (metal ring bound sp ...more
Elize Liesel
I am MEGA frustrated and angry at Autumn for the Audio book edition of this publication. Okay, so originally I would have given the last two editions both 3 stars, but now I have to decrease that to 1 star. This book is ridiculous.

You cannot voluntarily go into a mental health facility without an adult, if under the age of 18, how stupidly dangerous and unprofessional would this be? And can you imagine the legal medical negligence cases if this happened? In the real world it does not. In the mi
Adalet Yalaz
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Note : English is not my first language

Infuriate and sickening. I liked her music so I bought her book after she made such a big deal about it. Over a decade of making a complete mock of people actually living with mental illness and monetize on it for fame and fortune. It sounds harsh but I don't believe her experiences one bit (Emilie) or than the idea (Emily with a Y allegedly the only fictional part of the book) is original to her after reading her book (basically partly a rip-off of Courtne
Kayleigh  Sparrow
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kuroi Neko
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read. I already loved Emilie Autumn as a singer, and now I am impressed by her writing abilities too.
As usual, she's not scared to shock people by exposing the truth. And, in this book, the truth is that the line that divides the crazy people from the sane ones is really, really, thin. She explains how acts like self-harm and suicides are not something irrational, but there are valid reasons behind such actions, and society should start to understa
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
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Emilie Autumn grew up by the sea in California where she mastered the classical violin before going on to travel the world as a singing theatrical performer and author. Globally known for her genre-bending album Fight Like A Girl, Emilie has also appeared as an actress, starring in Darren Lynn Bousman's musical fantasy films The Devil's Carnival and Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.

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