These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Emilie Autumn
Anvilicious / Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Her wish for her live shows is to be an "anti-repression statement" and empowerment and You Are Not Alone. This involves shining a light on many sexist and demeaning things she's had to deal with in her life, such as not mocking suicidal tendencies/actions, not objectifying woman, mental health issues becoming a discussable topic and not allowing yourself to be put through crap and become defeated, in any way, to "fight like a girl" to get, really, anything you want.
"The Art of Suicide" (a sarcastic examination and condemnation of the reasons people use for ending their lives) becomes this in spades with a little context, when you realize that the album "Opheliac" (where the song appears) was made as a substitute for suicide.
I Know Where You Sleep, Thank God I'm Pretty, Opheliac.
Unlaced, the entire album, it is entirely perfect arguably and tells a story for sure. What this story is, is open to debate...
Fight Like A Girl gets special mention for the vocal evolution she goes through and the new sound she experiments with.
Does Not Like Men: EA has been accused of this, especially with the dawn of the song "Fight Like A Girl"(Iíll get my revenge on the world or at least 49% of the people in itnote the "49%" bit referring to the fact that women, despite their oppressed status, form a slight majority over men in many countries' populations)).
She has countered this by saying most of the album is open to her male fans and there is some lines about "If you're against this you're with me regardless of gender" lyrics. At least in the demo version before she started performing it.
Also in the (recently released) studio version of Fight Like A Girl, there's the line 'Even if you're only a boy, you can fight like a girl.' Not perfect, but doesn't ENTIRELY hate men.
One could also consider that the "49%" is not necessarily referring to the percentage of men there are in the world, but rather, to the fact that Emilie has more supporters on her side than those that are not:
"There are more of us than there are of you/So show me your worst!"
Fridge Brilliance comes into play when it comes full circle, she's refer to woman as the stronger sex, while saying Fight Like A Girl (Weakly) which confuses people which is the POINT of the whole exercise...With the 49 percentile (The people who don't get it) and the If You're Only A Boy ("Even if you're just a boy you can join in too").
Ear Worm: All of Opheliac, Enchant, Fight Like A Girl and Unlaced.
Ending Fatigue: on the album, the end of God Help Me is drawn out and repetitive for most of the second half of the song. Live, it's where the Crumpets get... ah, enthusiastic with their cups of tea and where Captain Maggots stage-dives.
Face of the Band: Despite Emilie being a solo artist, her live shows avert this. Most muffins can name at least the current line up of Bloody Crumpets (currently only Veronica and Amalthea) which is probably helped by them being introduced during the show. The former Crumpets tend not to have their names known as well however, though most fans can name at least Captains Vecona and Maggost, as well as Lady Joo Hee (who is the only Crumpet on any album).
That Morning Show performance is also where the fan nickname of "Muffin" originated - Emilie wanted something to replace the Precision F-Strike in the song, so she asked for suggestions, and recieved "Muffin". The rest, as they say, is history!
Fandom Rivalry: With Lady Gaga's fans, Little Monsters, especially after Emilie said that she heard "Alejandro" in a store and "it made [her] want to blow [her] brains out" (although she later claimed to have never heard any of Gaga's songs and to not be familiar with her), and after she accused both Gaga and the film Sucker Punch of "stealing" her story (and in Gaga's case, of "stealing" her stage props of a wheelchair and crutches).
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Owing much to her old label being German, Emilie did quite a bit of touring in Europe (5 tours since 2007) with Opheliac before getting to perform in North America at all and it wasn't until late 2009 that she could do a full tour. She knows it and gave a Shout-Out to the Hoff in a recent interview.
Iron Woobie: Gets criticized and misunderstood from all sides, still gets trolled on the internet by haters to this day and though it still upsets her, she's still here and still making magic.
A lot of those "haters" are disillusioned fans, who are angry about how EA has alienated the majority of her followers. She shut down her forum and told everyone to grow up and go outside, she lashed out at people on said forum when they voiced any opinion that was critical to her, she has destroyed several business relationships (those with RockLove and AromaLeigh are the most well-known), etc. She is nowhere near as lily-white and innocent as her fans try to make her. See here for her actual biography, and here◊ for when she banned a fan (CosetteAlice) who had committed the heinous crime of politely inquiring why EA was re-releasing "Opheliac" yet again, when all the additional stuff she was including with it could have been released as it's own album. There are also several fans who never received items they ordered from EA, and have yet to receive a refund.
A little further detail on the RockLove and AromaLeigh incidents. A fan was helping the owner of RockLove Jewelry hand out some flyers at an EA concert event (Emilie had previously modeled the jewelry). EA had originally agreed to allow the flyers, but suddenly changed her mind and threw out the flyers, permanently banning the fan for "interfering in Asylum business", while Rocklove Jewelry was also banned. Emilie deleted any mention of the incident from her forum, and banned anyone who tried to bring it up. As for AromaLeigh, the agreement was that the owner (Miss K) and Emilie would promote each other. Miss K promoted Emilie (promoting EA on their website, sponsoring her, giving her free makeup, etc), but Emilie did absolutely nothing in return. Eventually Miss K got so fed up that she removed the promotions from her site and did a collection inspired by Emilie Autumn, calling it "Victoria's Revenge".
Les Yay: The concerts are just dripping in this between everyone, and in the case of Veronica, that also applies to the girls in the audience.
Periphery Demographic: Despite the strong feminist themes in her work, a significant portion of Autumn's fan base is male; she refers to them as her "Asylum Boys".
Sweet Dreams Fuel: Her poem "Ghost", of a woman who has fallen for and is being courted by a ghost. It's surprisingly sweet.
"Remember", from Enchant, arguably qualifies.
"Across The Sky" heals whoever listens to it.
"Crazy He Calls Me" is kind of sweet in it's nuttiness.
Her acoustic violin songs Revelry, Leclair-Tabourin and Vitali-Chaconne brings the sweet dreams too.
"All My Loving" would also qualify.
"I Don't Understand" from Fight Like A Girl could apply.
"Swallow" is the most calm track off Opheliac.
"What If" is very gentle and beautiful.
Squick: "Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches". Parts of "Fight Like A Girl".
Suspiciously Similar Song: "What If" has more than a few similiarities to "Silent All These Years" by Tori Amos, right down to the title of the former conspicuously appearing in the chorus of the latter.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: There were some opinions of this around the release of Opheliac and with Emilie's promises of the next album being more metal and violent, some are already worried about it being bad.
The Asylum forum... dearGod, the Asylum forum... just about every significant change has led to rage and fury from the muffins (the removal of the 'Filthy Libertines' subforum, the announcement that the 'Speak In Your Own Language' subforums would be made read-only, the chat's transformation, and the removal of every non-EA related subforum to say the least).
There was a rather lovely incident where fLee, a former moderator for the forums, made some comment alleging that some people had lied about the reasons they were banned. Cue a very angry reaction from fandom calling her out for being probably one of the biggest reasons why the fandom has become so fractured (she would ban people for ridiculous reasons, and generally was not a nice person to interact with). One of the biggest resulting scandals can be found summarized here - NSFW.
The story became more complicated when it was revealed that the "fan" who had made the comments was IceAxe, who was well known for being a rather disturbed individual who borderline stalked Emilie (and in fact is still obsessed with her). The details are as follows:
"Iceaxe is an Emilie Autumn hoarder and ex-moderator of the forums. Everything that is Emilie related he HAS and I mean everything. Emilie sold an old iphone of her's on ebay and put some random things like music and voice recordings on it. Iceaxe won it. When he got kicked off the moderator team and banned from the forums, he found Emilie's old phone number on the iphone. Taking a shot, he sent a private text message to that number and it turns out that was STILL Emilie's number. She freaked out and promptly banned from from any Emilie Autumn shows or events for life."
Compared to her other, much deeper songs about sadness/depression, "Willow" can come off as this.
I'm not unique in this
Nor am I special, sweet or kind
I court a thousand smiles
Yet I keep my own to hide behind
When taken at face value, it's easy to see "Thank God I'm Pretty" as Wangst, particularly for fans who aren't that pretty themselves. More generally, though, it can be interpreted as a statement that nobody has the right to judge your problems as trivial just because you have an attribute that someone else lacks, which is something to which most people can relate.