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Have been buying this magazine for around 15 months.
Some good in depth articles which last for several pages. It avoids the standard magazine layout of little snippets of information here and there interspersed with loads of massive photos.
It seems to attract a lot of high profile people to do interviews. The latest issue has Rio Ferdinand on the front (due to the World Cup) and the previous issue had Russell Crowe.
It is not as dumbed down as a lot of magazines are - it had political analysis, profiles of MPs and some international news commentary.
Magazine is very high and mighty (all the featured hotels and restaurants seem to be aimed at city traders and the magazine would benefit from catering more to those on non-statospheric incomes).
Not as many adverts as a lot of magazines but still more than I would like.
Piers Morgan does an interview each month. Anything containing Piers Morgan I have an instinctive aversion to.
At £3.99 it is not cheap!
GQ magazine, or Gentlemen's Quarterly as it is properly called, is a magazine for men that contains a variety of articles. It could be cars, fashion, news, sport or any general article related to men that pops up in the pages of one of these magazines.
The sport side of GQ is very different to your normal sport side of a mens magazine, like say Nuts, for it includes exclusive interviews of sports players, not news on matches, but their views on their line of work, giving a very different and a unique approach to sport.
GQ is spends a large portion of its pages on making people look good. They have many clothes and show you how to wear them. Unfortunately, if you really wanted to buy some of these clothes, then it would indeed set you back quite a bit. A good example being an article from this months issue talking about polo shirts, one of them from D&G advertised costing a whopping £263.
You will normally find one or two articles on cars throughout the magazine each month. GQ always tend to show either luxury sport cars in their stories, or articles about new and upcoming cars for the general consumer, which could for example be very economically friendly, or could offer a new space saving design, they are always very innovative.
Within the magazine, many different news stories are covered and analysed, the best one in recent articles has been an article analysing the economic crisis we are in, in Britain. It gave me a good insight into the crisis and highlighted some of the key people who were responsible for all of the trouble that we have been having.
Yes, GQ even covers food, you can expect to find a minimum of one food articles in the magazine each month. This month they showed readers how to create a rhubarb sunday, I have not tried it yet but it looked simply delicious.
There is room for technology and gizmos within the magazine, but not in every article, whenever the editors do write articles on gadgets though, they tend to be some sort of luxury item, like a £10000 sound system, or an 80 inch wide screen television to be stuck on the wall.
In conclusion, all of these points added together each month in one magazine make for a fantastic magazine, which includes so many different things, I am sure enough to entertain any man who would like to read it. You can get them each month for an average £3.99, or a subscription, which I think costs £2.99 for each article.
Since the last reviews for GQ seem to have been written about nine years ago it seems the right time to provide a more up to date one! I've been a GQ reader for the past few years now and on the whole I think it's pretty good. It generally caters for the slighly older man (when I say that I mean about late twenties to early fifties) and it is a much classier and more sophisticated magazine than some of it's competitors. There are normally some interesting articles on current affairs, interviews with celebs such as a famous actor or sports star along with regular features such as book, film or restaurant reviews, fashion advice, gadgets, cars and Jokes. There is generally quite a lot of content each month, though I would have to say that a negative point for me is the excessive amount of advertising! The first 20 pages are normally filled with adverts from some clothing range and various types of aftershave. The free aftershave samples are sometimes quite useful but the majority of the adverts could do with being cut back a bit. The magazine would probably be about half the size without them! I don't buy the magazine every month but I always enjoy it when I do buy it and there's always enough interesting stuff in it to keep me going a good while!
When I first started reading GQ it was exactly that, namely Quarterly and a Gentleman's magazine. Sadly the days of sartorial preoccupation are gone, and although the fashion section is still alright, the whole magazine had moved down to nestle amongst the ranks of Maxim, FHM, and Loaded. There are mandatory cleavage shots in every issue, and the articles too have gone down hill. From being distinctive and having its own independent style and quality it has become just another lad mag, lacking the sophistication that once set it apart from the aforementioned publications. I would imagine that this trend will continue and in a couple of year's time it will be firmly nestled into the FHM type of magazine, where the articles are good for reading on the plane or train to take your mind off things, but have very little individual merit. The German version is better written although this too has started to become a slight victim of dumbing down. GQ should distance itself from these values or effectively it will lose its individuality totally and sink into obscurity. I am sure the late John Morgan would have a thing to say about its current direction. It is also semi locked into the cycle whereby you get the impression that you have read the articles before somewhere else, something that seems rife with FHM and Maxim.
This headline could be labelled at any one of the ‘magnificent seven’ men’s magazines that dominate proceedings(‘FHM’, ‘Loaded’, ‘Esquire’, ‘Arena’, ‘GQ’, ‘Maxim’ and to some extents ‘Later’), but this is specifically applied to ‘GQ’. Why? Stealing face....or rather ‘borrowing’ some of ‘The Face’ design layout and featuring some of the most blatantly awful tabloid style articles that really, really don’t belie what ‘GQ’ should stand for (compare and contrast the American edition with the British edition and tell me this isn’t so) which make it so awful. Although certainly improved since the departure of James Brown (but his cohort Martin Deeson still remains), it’s choice of sensationalising certain celebrities (William Hague does not say: ‘I can drink 14 pints a day’....but neither does he deny or confirm it) such as the various unfortunate incidents in the life of the increasingly diminishing Dudley Moore (with which whose incidents in his earlier life would surely be best left unmentioned in polite company). It always touts the wrong people (do we really need another interview with the irritating Jamie Oliver or another tip to be ‘the next big thing’?). And it is filled with more than a third of it’s 300 pages with adverts....how can it seriously justify it’s asking price of £3.10? (Especially when the first 30 pages of the latest issue (September 2000) are nothing but adverts barring two short contents pages). I couldn’t care less for the features about Alex Garland’s short story, Tony Parsons’ opinions about sexuality, what Boris Johnson’s opinions about the Mercedes 555 AMG are or what AA Gill was doing in Iceland. And the interviews with (the admittedly very pretty) Gisele Bundchen and
Rena Mero (especially Rena Mero’s) tell us absolutely nothing new or what we didn’t already know about them. Overall, it’s an infuriating read.
As the title infers his magazine is released 4 time a year and is for a higher breed of man. RUBBISH. The audience that was originally aimed at was as described but now the magazine has adopted a monthly release and angled itself towards the lads market magazine. NOw, as I read these magazines I am pleased with this transition, especially as GQ has managed to retain several elements of the original. It is not as crude as th likes of FHM and has many interesting articles tht do not reduce themselves to tiolet humour. That said, the humour is not realy reaidly available. The magazine has a more serious approach to its product than some of its rivals. The level of flesh revealed is somewhat less and the articles slightly more professional. Also the articles tend to be fresher than other magazines as I have not noticed such a policy of recycling. The best part though in GQ is the grooming tips which are far superior in content that any of the rivals. Products from sunglasses to suits and even afterhsave are reviewed. In addition there are features on health and diet. And occasionally the sister magazine GQ-ACTIVE is given as a freebie. The magazine GQ active has tips and health advice for training, sprots features and anything to do with health. It is an excellen supplemen and even standalone it is worth a read. I would recommend GQ and GQ-Active to anyone serious about their appearance and
As the title infers his magazine is released 4 time a year and is for a higher breed of man. RUBBISH. The audience that was originally aimed at was as described but now the magazine has adopted a monthly release and angled itself towards the lads market magazine. NOw, as I read these magazines I am pleased with this transition, especially as GQ has managed to retain several elements of the original. It is not as crude as th likes of FHM and has many interesting articles tht do not reduce themselves to tiolet humour. That said, the humour is not realy reaidly available. The magazine has a more serious approach to its product than some of its rivals. The level of flesh revealed is somewhat less and the articles slightly more professional. Also the articles tend to be fresher than other magazines as I have not noticed such a policy of recycling. The best part though in GQ is the grooming tips which are far superior in content that any of the rivals. Products from sunglasses to suits and even afterhsave are reviewed. In addition there are features on health and diet. And occasionally the sister magazine GQ-ACTIVE is given as a freebie. The magazine GQ active has tips and health advice for training, sprots features and anything to do with health. It is an excellen supplemen and even standalone it is worth a read. I would recommend GQ and GQ-Active to anyone serious about their appearance and lifestyle.
Ask yourself this - why do you want a 'mens lifestyle' magazine. If you want lots of pictures of scantily clad women to keep you entertained at night then GQ ain't for you.... GQ has a slightly more mature edge than that of FHM and Maxim, and is head and shoulders above Loaded. It's a great magazine with a good balance of serious articles combined with humour, fashion, food and health. The writing is intelligent and witty without having to desend into purile nonsense and vulgarity to get a laugh. The cover is usually of such a design that the cashier at WHSmiths won't be blushing when you buy it... Enjoy.
I haven't read this for a few years now but when I did I was drawn to it for many of the reasons that gingganggooly states in his review.It seemed more intelligent and less beered up and lairy than the other men's magazines on the market. Granted it had the models and the usual quota of beautiful women in it but it was much more tastfully done. Unfortunately the articles were just not intresting and the price last time I checked ws exhorbatant. It was alot more than the other magazines. Unfortunately there is still no general all purpose magazine which draws my fancy.Instead I have to turn to magazines which cover narrowere areasi.e Total Film, Q etc
Ok, so if you are wanting a mens magazine then this is the one. Dont listen to those freaks that bum on about FHM. You are a man, not a homosexual! No more than 5 years ago you would have had loads of trouble finding a blokes magazine. Now I know what you are thinking, "Playboy" has been around for years. However I am talking about the kind of magazine that you wouldn't hide away under your bed. This contains gorgeous ladies -but clothed! Shock, horror!! The magazine focuses in on mens fasion, health, shopping, gadgets and entertainment. It is great and provides hours of entertainment. Obviously it is also full of "cons" in the form of advertisments which endeavour to get you blokes to buy Brillcream or Tommy Hillfigure. These advertisments sometimes contain testers for blokes cologne or pics of nice ladies holding the desired product. Off course you blokes wouldn't go and buy a product just because you like the model that is carresing it would you! Haha! Although there are a number of tastefull adverts they are well balanced so not to irritate the reader. FHM (a rival magazine) contains tonns of adverts that stress out the reader too much. So guys if you want to keep fit, look at CLOTHED chicks, read extreemly funny stories + jokes and generally want to feel like a man when you read your mag then this is for you!!