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WHAT IS IT?
A celebrity magazine that is published every week.
WHAT'S INSIDE THE MAGAZINE?
Closer is mainly photographs of celebrities with a bit of text by each one and some short articles that are nearly all about celebrities. There is diet advice that is healthy eating mainly and recipe plans also, at the back of the magazine there is a short television section that tells you what is on and what Closer suggest that you should watch.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like this magazine very much and it repeats itself a lot over the weeks. A lot of the magazine is filled with how fat or thin celebrities are and I think that is promoting poor body image because this magazine is aimed at girls and young women. A recent article was about a popular American singer who had been photographed bending over in her bikini and Closer were critical of some rolls in her stomach that we all would have if we bend over, I felt a shame for this lady who is young herself and should not have to suffer abuse like that when she has got a beautiful figure.
Closer is nearly all about reality stars now and there is a programme called The Only Way Is Essex, I have not seen this programme but know all about it because sometimes one of the stars is on every page in Closer. It is very boring when they just have a few minor celebrities but my husband says that is because people like that want to be famous so they let magazines print what they want to, if they wrote about big celebrities like Madonna they would risk being sued.
I think that sums it up very well, this is a very trash magazine that likes to be horrible to people. The real life stories are not any nicer because they print articles that are going to make ordinary people look bad, I think some of these people have told their story and they do not realise that the magazine is going to change things to make it look like it is their fault and they sometimes use unflattering photographs also.
The best thing about Closer are the letters pages because they are very funny to read, I do not think they are supposed to be funny but most of them sound like they are made up and the experts who answer the letters give out very bad advice. I would not write to a magazine like this for advice because I think they just want letters that will shock people who are reading and do not care.
I have not bought Closer for about 2 months because I buy magazines for my clients to read and I saw that non of my ladies were reading this one so it is no point me buying it because I do not read it myself anymore. It is not popular now but it used to be so I think they must have changed it.
Closer magazine costs £1.20 and it is printed every week.
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I work quite a few night shifts and as you can imagine, it tends to be quiet during a night shift so I keep myself amused by buying magazines and often buy most of the magazines on the shelves.
I am not going to review every part of the magazine otherwise I will be here all day (and probably bore a few people along the way!). I will just review the sections which appeal to me the most and then based on what I write, you can decide for yourself if it will interest you.
Closer magazine comes out once a week
Closer magazine costs only £1.10 per issue which I think is excellent value for money.
Closer magazine is primarily bright pink with the Closer logo written in white across the top. The in yellow highlighters writing there are various headlines which are meant to grab you attention. For example, I have issue 229 in front of me and the headlines red 'Mark controls her kids and cash' and 'Watch out he's a bully' which are all comments on Kerry Katona's new husband Mark. Also on the front cover are the headlines Billie: 'Chris will walk me up the aisle' and UK Youngest Sex Change: 'I bought my son boobs for his 18th birthday'
As I mentioned earlier, I am not going to review this magazine page by page as I don't think it really needs it, I will just outline the pages which I enjoy the most.
The first 4-6 pages are taken up with stories that were outlined on the front cover. The story is explained and then a couple of pictures of the celebrities are also printed on the pages. This week the stories are about Kerry Katona and Billie Piper.
Page 13 - Mr Showbiz
The Mr Showbiz section consists of snippets of stories about the celebrities that have been in the headlines this week. Usually there is a small written article and a couple of small pictures dotted around the page. This week, stories include Sarah from Girl's Aloud's drinking habits, Danni from BB7 crying amongst other stories.
Pages 17-18 - True Life Story
These pages are taken up by a true life story. This week the story is about a mother who bought her son new boobs for his 18th birthday. It goes into detail about how she made the decision and how she wanted to support her son.
Closer News - (various pages throughout the magazine)
Closer News covers topics that have been in the headlines of the celebrity world this week. This issue has topics such as 'Jordan having problems coping with Harvey' and one of the girls from Ladette to Lady being dumped by the bloke she met on there. I actually find these pages quite interesting as although the news is not world changing, you get to read about stuff that other magazines do not write about.
They also have true life stories in these sections as well, this weeks issue has stories such as 'Our son fought off 10 hospital super bugs' and 'Why I dumped wife swop Lizzie for a quiet life'.
Page 25 - The Burning Question
On this page, they always ask a 'Burning Question' and then get two famous people to give their differing opinion on the questions. This week the question is 'Should Shoplifters Get Off With A 'Sorry'? and they have Jasmine Lennard arguing that yes they should and Coleen Nolan arguing no they shouldn't. I always find this section quite interesting as its always good to read the cases for and against something.
Page 28 - Closer Letters
This page is devoted to letters that Closer magazine receives from their readers about previous issues of the magazine, and their opinions on the various articles.
Closer Celebs (various pages throughout the magazine)
These pages cover various topics regarding celebrities and also interviews with celebrities. This weeks issue has an interview with Cilla Black and articles on Ben from X Factor and Kylie being lonely/
These pages normally cover 10-12 pages and consist of pictures of the latest fashions and a list of where you can buy them from etc. To be honest, I find these pages quite boring as if I want to look at dresses I want to buy, I can go shopping. Occasionally these pages can be useful as you might find a dress that you otherwise wouldn't have found.
These pages also include a celebrity trying on various fashionable items and several pictures of them wearing it. This week, we have Jayne Middlemiss wearing dresses.
Page 63 - Star Beauty Secrets
This one page details which celebrities use/wear which make up/face cream etc. Sometimes these pages can be useful but to be honest most of the products they tell you about are so expensive that your average person wouldn't be able to afford them anyway!
Page 65 - Diet Page
Closer magazine is responsible for Closer Diets which apparently a lot of people have lost weight through. This page gives you info on how to join Closer Diets. Also each week, you get a recipe and various articles about foods which are good and bad for you.
Page 73 - 75
These pages are problem pages and readers can write in and ask the agony aunts for advice on various problems. There are two people that you are able to write to Mark Porter and Caroline Monk.
Pages 78-79 - Travel Pages
These pages are dedicated to travel and give you lots of information on the destination they feature. For example, this week their topic is Morocco and they give you details such as the best places to see, best places to eat, how to get around etc. Personally I really like these pages as I am a keen traveller and always like to learn about new places that I could visit.
Page 80-83 - Puzzle Pages
These pages consist of various puzzles and crosswords which you can complete and send off to win prizes.
Page 84 onwards
The back part of the magazine consists of a TV page for the nest week as well as two pages where they discuss the latest books and DVD and give them a rating out of 5 stars. With the TV page, Closer give you a run down of which programmes they would recommend for you to watch etc.
Page 105 - Horoscopes - This one pages gives each star sign an article on what their week ahead is going to hold for them.
Page 106 - The Last Page - My Guilty Pleasures
The last page is dedicated to a celebrity of Closer's choice of whom they ask various questions such as what's their fave food, what are their bad habits, what's their most embarrassing moment etc. I quite like this last page as sometimes they have people you wouldn't imagine on the pages such as Ricky Gervais.
Although this magazine is not exactly educational, the layout makes it easy to read and it can be quite enjoyable if you enjoy following celebrity gossip. To be honest, a lot of the stories are from 'a source' so there is probably not much truth in the stories but this magazine is a fairly enjoyable read and for £1.10 you cant really go far wrong.
This is my favourite weekly magazine. I buy a couple of magazines every week and my sister and mum also buy some weekly ones but this is my favourite one. I think it has a combination of all the things I like to read about the most.
The main theme which is covered throughout this magazine is diets and food related articles. They also cover all the usual things you would find in weekly magazine aimed at young women but they also feature a lot on diets. Closer actually run their own diet program which you can access online and follow and they always give adverts for it in the magazine and offer small highlights from doing the diet and recipes etc.
I love my food so this is a great magazine for me! They cover articles about celebrity diets and you can see what they eat in a typical day and there is also a weekly feature on what celebs have in their fridges. They show a picture of a fridge and put all the food they have in their fridge at home in it with a shopping list by the side. There is a small interview with the celebrity asking them about their eating and food shopping habits and then a summary by a food nutritionist marking their diet out of ten. It's good to get the nutritionists advice on what's good to eat and what is not.
I enjoy the columns by Gemma Collins and Carol McGiffin as coincidentally they are my favourite TOWIE and Loose Women ladies. Gemma discusses what she's been up to in her life and comments on her dates and diets. Carol talks more about current affairs and the news and offers her (sometimes) controversial opinions on things. There are several quizzes to do towards the end of the magazine. I generally do the Sudoku quiz but I'm not a fan of Spot the Difference so never do that.
The last section of the magazine is a TV guide for the following week. It is laid out clearly enough but there aren't that many details for digital channels, only really terrestrial channels 1-5. I do like the little comments on each page of the TV Guide where they give small facts about tv shows or actors - always insightful! A great read in general.
I am quite fussy when it comes to choosing magazines that I like, but for a long time now Closer has been my absolute favourite. I don't like just reading about real life stories and I also don't like just reading about what the celebrities are up to. I like a mixture of the two plus fashion advice, healthy meal ideas and exercise tips. I also enjoy reading agony aunt advice pages and completing any little quizzes. As closer contains all this and more, it has definitely earned it's place in my life. It is a little pricey compared to some of the women's magazines. Now-a-days it sells for £1.40 most of the time with occasional price reductions so this could be one disadvantage. Closer comes out once a week which is another plus side as you don't have to wait a whole month for your magazine fix. A few famous people also have columns in this magazine telling you what they have been up to in the week and commenting on issues in the news and media.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this magazine as it really does contain something for everyone.
Let's be honest, Closer Magazine is a total dirty little secret. It's the trash that keeps on giving; over 100 pages of pure tosh. Yet there's something so good about reading a magazine so bad! The stories are mostly speculation, there are frequent spelling and grammar mistakes and half the people 'real life' stories sound too idiotic to be real (this week's winner? "I smoked 4,500 cigs to make my baby stronger". WHAT?!) yet it can be such good mind numbing crap that you can forget about all of the faults.
The regular columns are Fridge Raider (where they look into the fridge of a 'celebrity'), Beauty Insider (where they give you a 'celebrity''s makeup tips), Shopwatch (where they look at the week's new high street trends), Stylewatch (the hit and miss celebrity outfits of the week). Bodytalk (where they analyse a celebrity's body language), Guilty Pleasures (where they talk to a 'celebrity' about their guilty secrets) and Real Life (one of which is almost guaranteed to be about a woman gaining weight for money. I don't know why they're so addicted to these stories!). They also offer TV guide, puzzles, letters and a horoscope, the standard magazine fare, and 'celebrity news'.
The magazine is split into five sections - Closer News, 'Closer Talks To', Closer Real Life, Closer Beauty, and Body Matters. The titles are pretty self explanatory (the last is about health and fitness) and all offer exactly what it says on the tin.
I'm going to be honest, quite often the pages in the 'diet' section make me want to start punching things. The diets they come up with are almost always 1200 calorie diets + exercise (note - unless you're under 5'0 1200 calories IS NOT ENOUGH even if you are trying to lose weight) which all just have ever so slight adjustments from the previous week's diet. It's quite paradoxical in it's approach to female weight - half the time the mag is yelling 'CURVES ARE GOOD' at you, and the other half of the time it's 'LOOK AT HOW FAT POSH SPICE IS' (yes, Closer yells everything at you. There's no such thing as a subtle Closer article). I would not recommend a closer diet to anyone, they're just crash diets that may work, but only in the short term.
Overall, Closer is good trash, nothing more, nothing less. If you open the magazine expecting Vogue, you will be disappointed, but if you're open to a few trashy tales, then maybe Closer's the mag for you!
I only tend to buy Closer if I feel like having a magazine splurge, as for a weekly magazine, I feel that it is quite expensive at £1.30 per issue, which if bought every week, totals to £5.20 a month. And it would appear to be much more cost effective to buy one of the monthly glossies. However I believe that it is possible to get a subscription now. The content in Closer aims to appeal to everyone, with everything ranging from celebrity gossip, to 'real' life stories( the term 'real' used rather loosley). Personally, for me, I feel that it focuses too much on the celebrity gossip, which by the time the magazine has printed, is out of date. Also what annoys me about magazines such as this, is that the claims they make about certain celebrities cannot be verified most of them time, so are essentially making up lies to sell the magazine. Nethertheless, it's a quick read and written rather well, with the journalists being quite toungue-in-cheek with their humour. If you had £1.30 to spare a week, then I would reccomend buying it, otherwise, the closer magazine website is free and has the same content on there.
Closer is one of my favourite magazines to unwind and read. It can be picked up from most news agents and supermarkets it costs around £1.30 somtimes its on offer though so the price can vary.
The thing I love about Closer is not only does it have celebrity gossip which lets face it we all enjoy a bit of, but I always take it with a pinch of salt as one magazine will print on version of a story and another will print the complete opposite. I think with celeb stories they are ok but not to be taken as fact. Closer also has a fashion section I enjoy looking at and they always feature high street clothes which are actually in my price range. They feature diet and fitness section which are always useful and interesting to read. Closer also has some very interesting real life stories most of which will leave me shocked in a humourous way I simply can't believe what a crazy world we live in sometimes. You also get puzzles and competitions and as a bonus a tv guide so I don't need to buy one of these each week either saves a few pennys.
Closer is around 100 pages long and will quite easily keep me entertained for a couple of hours. The cover is shiny and the pages inside are quite thick all are colourful and there are lots of pictures as well as writing on the pages. I like that the writing is not small and cramped in Closer it is spaced out well I hate in some magazines that the writing is really cramped to make way it would appear for advertising it makes me feel like giving up before I even read the article. Closer I do not have this problem with.
I give Closer 5 stars for a nice relaxing read.
Closer is another one of my preferred obsessions, dutifully purchased at the same time as Heat Magazine but for totally different reasons.
What draws me into one magazine is not necessarily what draws me into another, the stories tend to be the same in both with regards to the celebrities, though sometimes the stories are complete opposites (one states someone has broken up while the other tells the whole world that they are actually stronger than ever...makes it difficult to believe who is telling the truth really).
The cover is quite attractive and well set out every week and always features two similar stories from separate celebrities that relate quite well under one headline, with a real life story in the top left corner (usually the most shocking one from the magazine) along with a lesser story that they know will still grab your attention. Closer always features an amazing weight loss that you can apparently follow with their Closer Diet scheme they input after all the stories about skinny celebrities and all the related gossip.
The front cover is usually jam packed with all the most recent gossip stories about the celebrities, with the only difference and the magazine's saving grace...Real Life Stories. I think I take a completely perverse pleasure in reading those particular accounts because they are always crazy and entirely shocking and outlandish. Only in Closer can you read about 60 stone people squashing their boyfriends and other men for money or a woman breastfeeding her father in order to save his life. Most of the features they do are designed to shock and twist our normal way of thinking as well as giving you the chance to judge in the privacy of your own home. I don't think they have ever failed to shock me with what lengths people will go to and their ability to sell their story to a magazine, even if it means they might be ostracised.
In the magazine it is usually a cleverly set out maze through all the main stories before moving onto the real people's accounts and finally ending with the numerous fashion pages and the TV guide for the week. The fashion pages make me very happy as they are usually full of items and products that the normal individual could afford, as well as their helpful feature of how to mimic the latest catwalk looks for a much cheaper price. They also tuck in their diet and food part of the magazine just prior to the TV section which is helpful because it gives you tips on how to get that perfect bikini body without going overboard on the exercise. It also features tips on how to mimic the chosen celebrity in terms of their workout regime and their eating habits.
My favourite part of Closer has to be the Real Life Stories as I love to read that people have married their brothers or they earn money illegally, as these individuals have no idea that selling their story to a magazine is not exactly the right way to go about being accepted by others. That and the stories are entertaining and shocking!
Closer is one of my favourite magazines-although it is not as cheap as the picture on here leads you to believe. In a short time they have increased the price of the magazine, now retailing at £1.30 if you choose to buy it weekly. The magazine is also available on subscription-with a free gift for those who decide to pay this way (gifts change on a regular basis).
Being as nosy as I am, I like reading all the celebrity magazines, although they're mostly full of rubbish. Closer goes into more depth than the other magazines on stories their readers want to read about. Aside from this they have a great selection of real life stories, dietary tips and fashionable clothing at affordable prices.
The magazine is so down to earth, and features something for everyone. It contains approximately 110 pages, closing on an interview with a different celebrity each week.
I think the magazine is well priced as it combines a multitude of topics to entertain different types of people. It has great content, and unlike most magazines there are minimal advertisements inside. I also like this magazine as it comes with a free tv guide inside-so I get all the latest celebrity gossip and lifestyle topics plus my weekly guide for just over £1.
Closer is a typical weekly celeb/gossip magazine that focuses on the bad sides of life, which seem to always involve Jordan, Posh et cetra. It's forever competing against other mags including Now, New! and OK!. It's got real life, gossip, celebrity interviews, letters, problem ( Relationships, ' Ask Dr. Christian ) pages, fashion, diet and beauty in it. The magazine costs around £1.30.
My usual magazines are Love it!, Now! and Closer. I like them all, but back to Closer. Closer is probably the longest of the reads, obviously depending on how fast you read yourself. If you like all the gossip and fashion, then this magazine is for you. Particularly if you love it when people emphasize a celeb's bad points and makes it seem like someone being a Size 12 is seriously unhealthy and they should drop to Size 8 ( yupp, THAT kind of stuff ). I don't usually like this but it's still a good read.
You can write in to the problem pages and you could get a reply from a professional for advice, or you can write in to the fashion page for cheap coats that are in for the season. You can even write in about a subject on celebs or a previous real life story in the 'Letters' page and the 'Star Letter' wins a prize ( it could be a phone, gym membership, set of weights.... ).
Jeez, it's even got family recipes you could try and make ( in my opinion- all of them look kind of bad and kids would be put off ) but don't bother because they are utterly pointless and not that nice.
It's got almost everything you expect from a magazine. Except NICE gossip, because damn you never get those happy stories in any gossip magazine anyway?
I recommend this to people who just want a read, full of gossip and hate towards Jordan and Victoria Beckham's Size 0 figure. lol.
Hope this helps before you buy.
(Notice the cheesy title including my fave magazines)! lol
Out of all the weekly celeb-led magazines in which you can read about the usually problematic lives of the rich and famous (and let's face it - we lesser mortals (financially wise at least) want to hear that they too have crap lives at times, if not more so than us) Closer is the one that graces my shopping trolley. It might not be one I leave out on my coffee table (not being in any way shape or form intellectual or fashionable) but it is the one I relish either reading over a cup of coffee and a kitkat or languishing in the bath with!
The cover always tempts you with celeb dilemmas, problems, shocking kiss and tells or weight gain/loss stories (anything to do with weight loss has me reaching for it without a moment's hesitation)!
Closer allows a little bit of escapism into your life with its stories about celebs (whether we believe all that we read or not) and also touches on real life stories, fashion (including in these harsh economic times, thrifty fashion buys), body issues, make-up, diets/food, TV, competitions, letters and puzzles so there is something on each page that will be a favourite of someone's !
All in all an indulgent, non-brain taxing read which (when you don't fancy getting to grips with a literary masterpiece is just the ticket) and well worth the £1.30 cost!
I found the 30th Dec 09 magazine lying around on a desk at work. The cover was mainly bright orange and pink with lots of pictures of celebrities on it. The headline "bloated by booze" about Jordan caught my eye, you would think she was about 40 stone instead of a tiny stick insect by that caption. The magazine was £1.30 and it seemed to be a celebrity diet issue.
I found the article where a leading cosmetic surgeon looked at celebrities and gave his view on what surgery they have had very interesting. There were a few pages about celebtrity relationship break ups which did make me chuckle a bit about how hard done by they all think they are. The real life articles were very good and the "stars we loved and lost in 2009" was quite emotional when you realise how young most of them were. There was an article about "proud swingers" which I found a bit disturbing.
The magazine had quite a few adverts and fashion pages which didn't appeal to me. The beauty pages showed products to suit all budgets which was nice. The problem pages had useful and informative answers and I loved the puzzle pages. I was quite surprised to find a weekly tv guide at the back.
Overall, this magazine is not really for me. I think it is aimed at 20-30y/o women who are interested in celebrity gossip and fashion. For those people, they would only really need to buy this magazine as it covered all angles.
This really is a trashy magazine and I'm ashamed to say I love it and buy it regularly.
The main focus is celeb gossip, and for the price of just £1 you can find out everything that's going on (or not going on) in the lives of Kerry Katona, Jordan, Cheryl Cole and the rest of the celebrities that have saturated our media recently.
Closer also has a couple of true life stories thrown in for good measure, and these are usually those with shock value, for example this weeks editions story screams 'I'm having a baby with my grandad'. I think you get the picture...
I'm honestly quite ashamed that I like this magazine. But I do. It's very easy to read, is presented in an attractive format and is priced reasonably. The bright colours and glossy feel always grab my attention, as do the extreme stories.
I don't take any of it too seriously but its a nice magazine to lose yourself in without demanding any brainpower whatsoever. Which I guess is the point of a trashy magazine...
Out of all of the weekly glossy magazines on offer. I have to say the one which I find most entertaining is Closer magazine. This magazine is priced at £1.30 I certainly think that this is exceptional value for money. There are lots of features to keep you entertained. And where as alot of other glossy mags only concentrate on the fickle world of celeb, this magazine does tend to offer more real life stories. Which creates a happy medium between glamour and real hard gritty stories.
Each magazine has approx 114 of glossy pages. Jammed full of showbiz gossip, fashion advice, diet suggestions and real life dramatic stories. There is also a couple of really informative celebrity interviews.
One thing that I am suprised at is the amount of emphasis this magazine has on weight. There is a very heavy facination on how much celebs weigh or how celebs stay trim or even how celebs have lost their baby weight. I find this is quite boring. I have not got a weight issue but I feel it is sad that young girls could be given the wrong message if reading this magazine.
There is enough showbiz gossip to keep even the most fame obsessed reader content. Not only are there great celeb interviews. There is also juicy titbits of information regarding celebrity lifestyles via journalist Katie Banks who writes her own column for the magazine.
There are lotsof great pictures throughout the magazine. Plenty of celebrity snaps. All the pictures are of a high quality. Especially the ones of the celebs being caught in a compromising situation. Which makes them appear more human.
Some of the real life stories are very shocking and seem to be included in the magazine for some degree of shock value. Many stories have hard hitting titles and cover a range of tabboo subjects. I will never forget one edition of Closer that interviewed a woman who was breast feeding her cat. This was accompanied by a very graphic and downright sickening photo of this woman breast feeding her cat. I must admit I found this very disturbing. I think that sometimes they try too hard to shock in order to sell magazines.
The ususal publicity shy celebs are seen gracing the front cover on a regular basis. Jordan who loves to wash her dirty linen in public and the equally bile producing Kerry Katona. However I do have to state that throughout the magazine they do carry out interviews with serious actors and a higher calibre of celebrity.
Towards the back of the magazine there is a full double page dedicated to puzzles. These include word searches and crosswords. These puzzles are really great and pass a little time if on a journey.
I would recommend this magazine. it has some bad points. But in all, as far as glossy magazines go though is one of the higher quality ones. If you are looking for a read on quatom physics, then this magazine is not for you. I would however recommend this magazine for a quick read whilst traveling to work or on a sunlounger on holidays. It is totally no brainer literature. But enough to keep you entertained for an hour or so.
Closer is a glossy magazine, aimed at women, that comes out each week and is available in most newsagents for £1.30.
Closer magazine covers the usual tabloid fodder - nine times out of ten Kerry Katona, Jordan, or both are on the front cover and we are treated to the latest 'exclusive' from an 'insider'. The magazine also covers reality television closely, reporting on Big Brother / I'm a celebrity get me out of here / Britain's got talent / X Factor / Strictly Some Dancing / Dancing on Ice. Yawn, yawn, yawn.
The magazine also features real life stories, with titles like - "My bizarre sleep sex habit drives men away" and "my 'hero' boyfriend turned out to be a serial rapist." Although some of these stories are funny to read, I usually access them for free online at: http://www.closeronline.co.uk/ because I don't think the real-life stories are worth the £1.30 price tag.
The magazine covers celebrity fashion and beauty, it also features celebrity columnists like Carol McGiffin giving their take on life, problem pages, crosswords, healthy eating guides and it has a weekly TV guide tucked away at the back. However for a magazine that contains so many items, you quickly finish reading it, because the main body of the magazine is usually pictures and adverts.
I think the main problem with Closer is that the magazine doesn't quite know what it is - is it a celebrity mag? Is it a magazine that specialises in real life stories? Or a TV guide? I know the editor is probably trying to make sure that Closer covers a range of topics, but the result is a magazine that has no depth and is virtually is the same week in, week out.
I don't think this magazine is good value for money.