I didn't mean to apologize for my opinions. I am very fond of them and I feel I need to express them. Because everyone who has posted has been in love with it. And it feels like, to me, those who it wasn't what they expected have been afraid to say anything.
And I understand creating alternate realities. I myself have done that. I have multiple personality disorder, and some of my personalities have personalities. One of the parts of me is Nickoli. Is this filthy, vile, beautiful creature who thrives in the Asylum. I live a very fucked up life. I guess...I expected more. I could gather most of this from just seeing her live/listening to her music/hearing/reading interviews.
I guess my thing is...I was hoping for more.
The historical similarities aren't all that great. I mean, most of the TAFWVG's was basically a steam-punked version of a stereotypical horror story asylum. Many asylums then really weren't like that. Yes, some were. But also, many asylums now aren't like that. It is the perception that they are that bad. They are bad because someone goes against their will. Yet anywhere where someone is forced to go is bad. But if there is good outcome, no one acknowledges that.
I have been locked up several times. One was heart-wrenching and horrible, yet the other it was helpful. The doctors aren't truly as horrible as they are made out to. So it seemed to me like what was going on wasn't comparing historical realities, rather pointing out only the bad parts that only happen sometimes. Taking something that happened and making it worse. Yes, I am guilty of doing that. In my head, in my world. But I don't put it out into the world and say it is truth. I make sure to say that it is my version, my opinion, what I have dealt with and how under stress I was.
If the psych ward she was in was so respectable - like she said it was, most of the things she preserved happened *couldn't*. Yes, in the Victorian times, they could, but not now. I guess I was hoping for more historical background and more of her saying it was her opinion. (She calls it an Autobiography, and when hearing autobiography, or biography, many people assume it is biased, yet they assume some form of unbiased truths. Yes, she says it is her opinion and her experiences, yet...I dunno, something felt off) Because the way the information was presented made it seem like that was 100% fact.
It is just frustrating, I suppose. She put the book out there to show how things haven't changed, when really what hasn't changed is the people. The doctors and the knowledge have vastly improved. They want to help, they want to learn. But it is the patients who sometimes make it hell.
I know this because I did this to myself many times before.
I suppose I am rambling. She wants the world to see how it really is, yet all she gave was her side. The side of someone who was under stress, delusions. Not what actually happened. What happened in her mind. Those are very different. Yet both are real. Yet, she didn't - in my opinion - do a good job of showing that just because she didn't have a good experience, that it may work for others. All I see is everyone on this forum rallying under this idea and saying doctors suck. Asylums are bad.
I love my Asylum. It is home, it is safe. Though I have gone through hell in other asylums, not all are bad. I don't think many 'muffins' realize that. They see that Emilie had a hard time, therefor ALL psych-wards are the same. That anyone who has gone had this happen. Because they are muffins, many will not think for themselves. Many will say that because Emilie said it, it must be truth. And as of now, I doubt many people who don't know EA will not read the book...
I am no longer an active part of this website. I have lost interest and respect in this artist, and no longer wish to be on a site related to her.