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I love this magazine because it reminds me of the sun, full of gossip and very sensationalist. If you don't like reading the sun, then this magazing won't be for you!
The front cover of this mgazine is very bold and the headlines look like thery have been just taken out of a newspaper, which indicates that this magazine is just like a newspaper.
The content is very good, it has a variety of different things, including major interviews with celebs. There is also a section about celebrities in America and what they are up to, which is particularly handy. Allthough the stories do now go into extreme detail it's pretty easy to get the jist of whats been happening.
There are quite a few pages to this magazine so at the price £1.65 it is definitley a bargain, sometimes it comes in joint deals too! This is defintley the best celbrity gossip mag on the market and is definitley worth a look.
Heat Magazine is one of the most prominant celebrity gossip magazines. It has the latest news on celebrities and has been made famous on its covarage of big brother.
Although Heat is the magazine that springs to mind when you think of a gossip magazine they are all pretty much generic and have the same celebrity gossip inside just written by someone else and has different pictures.
At about £1.65 an issue it is one of the more expensive celebrity gossip magazines so I don't tend to buy it any more.
I have also found that the articles on celebrities can be anything from Nicole Richie's new fashion range to Carla Sarkozi's diet plan to the fact that Britney Spears is eating a burger. I lost faith in the magazine when it wasted a page telling the world that Cheryl Cole speaks to 'real people' accompanied by an A4 picture of her speaking to a builder. It is the mundane 'gossip' that I believe is Heats downfall as of course people want to hear scandal but not the everyday things that celebrities do, the thought that they do not lead lives similar to everyone else is what makes us want to read about them. We know they are real people and don't care, I personally just want to hear about the drama.
Heat magazine has also got the standard sections of fashion, health beauty, holiday but anyone who has ever read a magazine like this will know what is in them and to be honest they are no better or worse they are just as I put it before generic.
I have to admit it, although rather ashamed to, but I love a bit of trashy celebrity gossip on a regular basis. I find reading about the lives of people who get paid to be under the spotlight sometimes rather uplifting and as my friends are mostly into the same things as me it gives us something else to chat mindlessly about that isn't work or children!
Heat magazine is, I find, the best celebrity magazine available although costing fractionally more than others on the shelves it is worth paying that bit extra for. Heat costs £1.65pence which is more than Closer which costs £1.30pence and Star that is sold at the bargain price of 65pence (not that I have gone out this evening and splashed out on all three magazines or anything!!!)
The cover of this weeks Heat (a new one comes out every 7 days) shows, as most magazines do lately, several celebrities wearing only bikinis and the cover title is "Beach Bodies! What do men secretly prefer!" This story relates to the skinny celebrities such as Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole to the more curvaceous of celebs such as Kerry Katona. The outcome of the survey was that most men find curvy women more attractive! Not really much of a surprise there but I guess it is nice to know but considering in the picture of Cheryl Cole you can literally see her ribs sticking out and her hip bone protruding it isn't really any wonder.
Over cover stories from this issue (25th April to 1st May) include a second part interview with Natalie Cassidy (ex-eastenders, ex-skinny) and another story showing what celebrities will look like in years to come. The cover in general is rather appealing because it shows quite a few celebrities on one page and draws you in to wanting to read the stories about them. Now I understand this will not be everyone's cup of tea and I also understand that there really isn't much in the way of intellectual information but I find reading these articles gives me a little bit of escapism from the humdrum that is "normal" living.
The magazine on the whole is rather thick and filled with short and long stories alike. Comparing it to the Star and closer magazines, it has a good many more pages though I have not counted the advertisements in each one as these do tend to take up a fair few pages.
The contents of the magazine of course varies greatly from week to week (thank goodness as I seem to be buying it rather regularly lately). There are regular features however that change the content but the theme is always the same such as "Look of the Week". This weeks look is the Maxi-dress and it shows a different star wearing a different dress on each day of the past week. This item I rather like because it does give me ideas for what to wear and what would perhaps suit me. Similar clothes type features such as this run through the whole magazine and others include "Who Wore it Best?" and this is wear we see two celebrities wearing the same thing on a different occasion but readers have voted as to who looked better in the clothes. This feature again proves that just because it is fashion doesn't mean it will suit everyone.
There are many interviews with celebrities throughout the whole magazine and as I previously said there is a continuation of an interview (dragging it out) with Natalie Cassidy. Claudia Winkleman and Kirstie Allsop are also features in this edition although these are perhaps stars who I have less interest in than most and although the interviews and questions were okay to read I wouldn't say I was overly enthralled whilst reading them.
Make-up also features heavily in this magazine (no pun intended) and again this is good for getting ideas and also if, like me, you are keen on following trends then these sections are a real must read. Of course I take the product recommendations with a pinch of salt as I am never sure whether the magazine has a deal with the said company or not so until I have tried something myself I would never believe in wonder creams or the like. However the information given about make-up is helpful and always worth reading up on.
So really this magazine is filled with pictures of celebrities and interviews with them. You have sections on fashion, being what not to wear and who wears what the best. They cover make-up and hair a little but just enough to give you ideas or to see what the latest styles are and what the celebrities are doing (right or wrong). Of course like any good magazine there are always horoscopes at the back and good old crossword to give the brains something to work with at least!
All in all this magazine is good for what I want, which is a little bit of escapism and celebrity gossip by the truck load. It is a reasonable price for the quantity and quality you are getting and I should think I will continue to buy this particular magazine over all the others because it has more celebrity and none of that "real life- my mother is a monster" type articles which I just cannot stand to read.
I think for a trashy magazine such as this I will award a five star rating and give a very high recommendation because after all we do all need a bit of trash from time to time.
I do hope this has been of some help to you.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
My other half buys this every week and leaves it lying around, just knowing that I love reading and will pick anything up and devour it, so this isn't a heat reader writing this review this is a casual observer.
So the magazine itself seems to be devoted to a small number of celebrities who have inexplicibly caught the imagination of its readers, covers seem to range between Jordan, Posh Spice, Kerry Katona, anyone from the Apprentice, Big Brother or any reality based show.
If you look objectively at the stories in it there is some absolute rubbish, but this I believe the best selling weekly magazine in the UK. There are some admirable traits to the magazine, writing can be fun and frivolous, there are good tv reviews, decent reviews of books, dvds and music (although it does feel as though there is a level of self interest in these reviews). But overall I find the magazine disagreeable, the magazine delights in showing celebrities looking a bit off colour or discusses in detail whether Jessica simpson or Britney Spears are fat, these articles are scathing and yet these women aren't fat their being shot from silly angles. Its distressing as I know my partner reads it and her self-esteem is affected by these kind of magazines which delight in laughing at people who are dressed badly or are a bit heavier than they were.
Added to this, I find the cult of celebrity around people with no discernible talent worrying, people like Katonia and Jordan have amazing houses and think they are worthy 'celebrities' through being celebrated and having these magazines listen to their views, its a shame as this is like reading about a car crash and the magazines are subsidising this ridiculousness.
In itself the magazine is easy to read, but in an era where 'celebrity' can mean anything and talent falls by the wayside this is an undignified peek into the lives of people I don't know or care about.
Heat Magazine is arguably the original weekly trashy celeb mag. Taking a slightly more sarcastic, tongue in cheek approach than the like of the predecessors "Ok" and "Hello" Heat is a amagazine that girls will love and guys will secretly sneak a peak of then deny it later.
It's currently £1.65 but does tend to creep up every couple of months so it is worth looking at a subscription (eg Greatmagazines.co.uk - who charge £19.97 for 14 issues, plus it saves going to the shop on a Tuesday morning.)
It is Standardly around 130 pages long and includes all of the following regularly:
* The week in pictures - usually Paris/ Britney/ Lindsey out partying and Jade Goody getting into trouble. Usually one of someone being sick or drunkenly falling into a taxi.
* Breaking news secton - featuring interviews with top A-Listers like Brangelina.
* Fast Gossip & LA Confidential - All the latest stories from across the pond as well as whispers from up and coming movies.
* A heat reader offer - usually for a tan, offers on subscription etc
* Torso of the week - need I say more ?
* Star style:
- That's so a good look - a selection of the latest trend with a range to suit every wallet
- Steal her style - a different celeb outfit every week with where to get it at non celebrity prices
- Find it - Heat will track down what the stars have been wearing.
- So into it/ So over it - Whats hot and not
* An interview with the stars of the moment - usually involving them dressing up ( a personal favourite was Lacey Turner and Louisa Lytton from Eastenders dressed as Pat Butcher & Dot Cotton)
* Film reviews - fairly well rounded with a plot summary, what's right and wrong with it, the length, verdict and a comprehensive 5 star marking system.
* Top 10 films of the week
* DVD reviews - Plot summary, whats right and wrong with it, dvd extras
* Top 10 DVD's
* Upcoming DVD releases
* Book reviews
* Top 10 books
* Heat TV
-Talking about - an upcoming show
- Talking to - a brief interview with a star of a big show that week
- A week to view TV guide from Saturday with recommendations (and often brilliant sarcastic asides)
- A brief guide to Digital, Cable Satellite Channels for the week
- A brief guide to Radio Channels for the week
* A prize crossword
* 10 Questions we ask everyone - a quick interview to end the week.
* Does have quite a lot of advert is it
* Is really obsessed with Big Brother so if you don't watch it you may want to steer clear for 3 months over the summer
* Is really obsessed with body image - over half the front covers of 2006 featured stars and their curves/ being too skinny
Overall if you love a bit of Big Brother/ Desperate Housewives/ Lost/ Seeing celebs make a tit of themselves, you won't get much better than Heat - keep an eye on it though your housemate, mum, boyfriend will pinch it as soon as you put it down
Heat is one of my guilty secrets. Every week, Every Tuesday morning I run to the local newsagents as regular as clock work to snatch a copy before they all fly off the shelves. Its like getting a fix of a drug, only my drug is a magazine full of trashy celeb gossip.
Celebrity gossip addiction is actually being recognised as an addiction by mental health chiefs. The bombardment of reality tv stars, images of hollywood A-List dolly birds and hunky fellas cavorting about on screen and in the daily papers has increased 10 fold in the past years. The increase of the 'nobody celebrity' who achieve notoriety by appearing on Big Brother and becoming the latest 10 minute fish and chips wrapping paper is apparent by their made up faces smiling blankly from the weekly magazines.
Heat is a UK weekly celebrity orientated magazine. Focussing on whos 'hot' that week in the press they feed the appetite of millions of womens celebrity additions everywhere. They are the pimps of their world! Arriving on the scene in 1999 editted by Mark Frith it wasnt an immediate success. But as the rise of reality shows and big celebrity couples in the world has increased, so has their weekly circulation. They regularly shift half a million copies a week. They are thought to be at the top of the league for what they do, their advertising campaigns and celebrity endorsements only serve to prove this.
Their Target Audience..
Although it is noticeably more aimed towards women, men also make up a huge percentage of the overall readership. The target audience would be 20 somethings with an active interest in reality shows, the latest trends, fashions and TV shows. A good knowledge of the latest celebrities and their reputation is desired but not essential. If you are after an intellectually stimulating read with politics, debate and news articles then this is not for you at all. If you are wanting a quick lighthearted read to catch up on in dinner breaks, between meals or when your feeling bored this is for you.
Whats all the palava about then?
The first thing that strikes you as you pick Heat up is the front cover. They have a huge straight on head picture of the hottest star that week. Normally this is along the lines of a Big Brother contestant from the past such as Jade Goody (a heat favourite) or a star from TV. Whoever has the most drama and speculation around them that has something to declare, come clean about or apologise for is a good bet. This is a huge plus for Heat, their magazine is the most eyecatching on the shelf. With other mini pictures and headlines scattered around the front page there is always something to grab your attention and make you look.
They have tapped into the whole, lets talk like we are your friends in real life, and treat the reader as a close companion. With regular in jokes and articles like 'Everyones talking about..' which tackles the burning issue of the week, its really water cooler stuff. They are very up to date and in touch with their readers.
Articles are often at the front of the magazine and are one on one with the Celeb in the news that week. This has been Nicky and Pete in the past couple of weeks with their On/Off relationship, which lets face it was never destined to work. Asking questions which everyone wants to know they often get the truth out of their paticular celeb and a great tagline at the same time which entices you in. They have thrived on celebrity break ups such as Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston and also the love life of Posh n Becks is another Heat favourite!
The photography used is in my opinion one of the best I have seen in magazines. The shots are always so clear, un airbrushed and funny they are a delight to look at. If you fancy a quick flick through before reading articles there is plenty to look at. They have a feature called 'This Week In Pictures' which is soley made up from random paparazzi photographs from around the world of celebrities with accompanying comments which are sarcastic and very caustic.
They arent afraid to tackle what everyone on the street is thinking and actively target naff celebrities with features on their private life, poor dress sense and the material they are producing. Urring on the side of caution with regard to litigation, they have made a few enemies in the Celeb world with articles they have gone with. Very tongue in cheek with comments the journalists tell it as it is. In one article where they had an interview with the Sugababes they said they came across as bored throughout the interview and impolite. Its the first time Ive ever seen such narration in a magazine and thats one of the points why I find it compelling. Ewan Mcgregor however is not such a fan, he urged fellow celebs to boycott it all and described it as a "Dirty, filthy piece of shit." The intrusion into their life is often disregarded by celebs but others actively seek it to enhance their careers.. until it backfires.
Reader contribution is actively welcomes with a 'Letters' page which taps into the reader pysche. Letters are printed which are sent into them by email, text or phonecall. They are often insulting about celebs in the news at the time or supportive of an underdog. They also offer money as a reward for any mobile phone pictures taken by the public of celebrities in their 'spotted' feature. They give you £200 for any photo you sent in that they publish.
There is an apparent and quite obvious fixation with the weight of female celebrities, particularly US film stars. This can be annoying and I have known a few of my friends have stopped buying Heat solely for this reason. Stars like Nicole Richie, Mischa Barton and Paris Hilton are regularly splashed across the pages with detailed accounts of how much they weigh, spottings of them eating a burger <gasp> and how they are worrying their family members. There is no pro anorexia aspect to all this as they do include information on the damage these stars are doing to their bodies with regular doctors warning regarding osteoperosis and related health problems to slimming. It is more of a shock tactic to gain more readers who have a 'car crash mentality' to looking at the new pictures of stars looking even more skeletal than normal. I find it a worry that younger readers will disregard the warnings and aim to be like these idols.
They do have articles promoting the fact that having a bit of meat on you is much more appealing with articles on Charlotte Church, who at a mere size 12 is described as curvaceous and the perfect size. They also run surveys on the perfect body weight and size and it always come back as Curvy is better than being slim.
They have a great Fashion section which I particularly enjoy. It has a great picture of the 'Buy Of The Week' which is always snapped us as soon as its published so dont bother trying to buy it. Plus photos of Celebs in different outfits and comments. Beauty advice and a whats hot and whats not list is must do reading for me. The clothing they do feature is always a bit on the expensive side though, I wish they would focus more on high street shops.
At the back end of the magazine there are TV & Movie Reviews which are often honest and not unashamedly sucking up to Movie execs. A top ten list of most seen films and bought DVDs is also listed. After this is a book review section which mostly features chick lit and celebrity autobiographies reviews. These are great to check out before buying books and give a realistic account of what to expect.
Then there is a full 7 day tv listing of both terrestial channels and SKY. Each day has 4 'picks of the day' with a quick summary of why you must watch this programme, this is handy. They love the soaps, especially Coronation St and Eastenders and poke fun at characters regularly.
At the back is a crossword, horoscopes and a '10 questions we ask everyone' this is a quick article where celebrities are pitched with varying questions that are often bizarre and make for good reading.
Appearing more and more often thoughout the magazine. After every couple of pages there is often a full page spread about a product.. being aimed at Women these are quite predictable. Make up, TV Shows, Vitamins, Supermarkets, Car Insurance, Bath stuff, Mobile ring tones. Its all pretty lighthearted, cheery stuff but I would much rather read more articles as it can get frustrating when you are faced with page after page of the stuff. But they have to make money so it is inevitable. Compared with glossies such as Cosmo and Marie Claire it is much less and kept to a minimum.
The Price is..
also increasing as times go by. But what isnt nowadays ::sounds like her mother:: It is now up to £1.65 which is slightly lower than the average price for celebrity magazines but getting more expensive all the time. A cheaper read is 'Now' magazine which is based on the same premise and is as good a read at only 70 pence. For the quality of the magazine I dont think its a bad price.
Heat is a great read if you are after something which wont need you to think or use any brain cells. If you get outraged by the increase in minor celebs around you will hate it. On the other hand if you love mindless gossip and thrive on other folks heartache well your in for a treat!
On average Heat is around 140 pages.
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I am a true heat fan, because its packed with celeb gossip and i love to know were theyve been spotted and what theyve been up to. The embarresing pics are hilarious. Heat shows the worst and best dressed celebs. Tells in detail all the celeb gossip. The interview are my favourite because heat asks all the saucy questions and sometimes embarres the celeb. The big brother interview were gr8 i would recommened for anyone who loves celeb gossip.
In the celebrity obsessed world we live in the shelves are packed with magazines show our favourite stars looking too slim, too fat, with big boobs, with cellulite, with a new partner or *gasp* with spots! If you are one who likes to keep their finger on the pulse and know everything that's happening in the lives of the rich and famous then Heat is probably the magazine for you. It's weekly and costs £1.50, the most expensive on the market but probably the most comprehensive of them all. There's always pictures of celebrities doing normal things like shopping for milk, filling their car with petrol or eating. Then there are the glamourous shots of them dressed to the nines on the catwalk, their outfits and appearance always being questioned. Heat is written in a simple, straightforward manner, you can imagine your best friend saying all the things you're reading. OK, so it's trashy, it's not exactly going to stretch you but it's fun. Plus the TV guide is always good (saves you having to buy 2 mags!)
I accidentally stumbled across Heat magazine a couple of years ago whilst browsing magazines in the music section and it looked like a bimonthly version of Q with genuinely funny TV and film reviews and a sarcastic look at the celebrity de jour. Being a student with the obligatory tight budget, I went for it, enjoyed it and bought it again.
Then a funny thing happened: it slowly started to feature more celebrities and less music and instead of making fun of people like Victoria Beckham, it interviewed them. As time went on and the price went up, weight loss (give em a sarnie or something like it), weight gain ([celebrity] gained 10 lbs ..) and shocking pictures (Stars Without Makeup) took over. There were Heat commercials on TV. It moved from the music/TV section to the gossip section. And it became more and more popular.
Its not that I dislike gossip magazines, Im just sad to see a previously great magazine which I thought filled a niche, go. Its completely re-branded itself and Im been feeling more and more alienated in that it appears to attract people different from me. Please dont take this the wrong way, its my opinion, but Ive yet to find another weekly magazine to replace the old-style Heat.
Also, if youre interested in gossip, theres an abundance of mags like Closer and Star that feature similar things whilst being much more reasonably priced.
To be honest I don't go in for gossip magazines. Offering half a million for some unlisted celeb's wedding pictures makes me wonder where these people's priorities are, but Heat surprised me. This is a down to earth magazine, not so much encouraging and pandering the current tendnecy to flood the media with half-witted, exploited teen singers and pointless "celebrities" whose only purpose on this earth seems to be wearing small clothes whilst giving us mere humans something to take the piss out of as just, well, taking the piss out of it. It works. It's an award winning magazine, with good interviews, good reviews, and at times hilarious comments. I'll admit that Posh Spice gets more covers than she should and Jordan, well, once you've seen her once you've seen it all, but when you're feeling low it can help, in some sadistic and juvenile way, to laugh at her and her fellow social butterflies. I particularly like the back page quotes of celebrities - "over rated, overpaid and overheard" is the tag line, and it certainly get the laughs. This isn't a magazine that is designed to be taken seriously. In terms of books, films, music, tv reviews, it is sound. The writers obviously have a free rein to say it how they see it and it does help. One poor novelist I recall got a proper slating recently on releasing a new book, so you can hardly accuse them of pandering to the Met Bar pack. If you like gossip but also like sound media reviews then this is a good choice. Chatty, at times very informative, it feels like a team of well-rounded and witty journalists kicking back and telling it how it is, whilst also meeting the requirements of reviews and interviewing. It packs a lot in and is great value for money in that respect.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I love Heat! Sadly, I actually subscribe to it and on Tuesdays am usually late for work waiting for the postman to deliver the goods. I love the latest gossip and pictures, and the sarcastic tone of the articles and picture captions give me a good giggle on the Tube. The TV section is also great and they always review my fave progs, and recommend ones that I would probably miss otherwise. After much mocking of me at first, my boyfriend and my Mum fight over my copy when I'm done with it! If you're in your late teens onwards and want a change from the glossy mags promoting clothes and beauty products that are way out of your price range, then grab a copy of Heat. I guarantee you will not be disappointed (although beware if you're not a Posh fan - they put her mug on the cover an awful lot!!).
If you’re looking for a magazine full of glossy pictures of celebs looking totally fab and at the same time looking very dodgy and also jam-packed full of gossip then look no further than Heat magazine. I first bought Heat about a year ago now when it was on sale every two weeks; it was hard to find a copy in any newsagent because it was so popular. Now a year on and it is so popular that it has become a weekly magazine, available every Tuesday.. <><>The magazine<><> This magazine has around 122-130 pages, depending on the stories available at the time of print. It claims to be the first with celebrity gossip, which it is usually is I have to admit and all for the bargain price of £1.45. Within this magazine you will find sections on - the hottest celeb news around, features on who is sleeping with who, who is pregnant, who has said what about who and so on. This magazine also has a letters page which gives readers a chance to express their views on articles within the magazine, something on the tele or something they just want to chat about – if your letter is letter of the week then wa-hey you win £100 worth of vouchers for Virgin. Heat always has an exclusive interview with the most popular TV show of the moment – they were the magazine for gossip on BB2 and BB3 (that’s Big Brother) and also for “Im a celebrity, get me out of here” and this week it is the TV Awards and a bit of Fame Academy – they had the first photo’s of the people in the house and even told the world that the house was in Highgate, North London!! SCOOP!! <><>Other features include: <><> ** Spotted – this is where famous people have been spotted around the world and what they were doing. For example this month Jade Goody from BB3 was spotted in a shoe shop on Oxford Street! ** 100% Unapproved – so you think the stars always look flaw
less do you – well this magazine has managed to catch the likes of J-Lo and Brittany looking very worse for wear – Success at last. I always knew they weren’t perfect. ** Suzanne and Trinny – they pick on the stars for their fashion sense…. usually very witty! ** On or off – this is a section on who is going out with who and whether Heat thinks it will last. **USA – gossip from America and who is starring in what film and how much they are getting paid and also a “face of the future” – who to look out for, who will be the next hottest young thing to appear on our screen. **Gossip column – the latest gossip on anyone and everyone on the A-List **Then the girlies favourites – the Horoscope page and a love chart – when your going to get jiggy and when your not. **Book, film, video and music reviews are also a feature ** TV listings for the following week. **Who said what – here Heat catches the Stars slagging someone off – very amusing. ** Fashion pages – where the Stars have bought their clothes from and sometimes they offer you a cheap imitation from the local high street stores. Plus the hottest new fashions in town are also featured. **Beauty pages – the latest lotions and potions to keep you as lovely looking as the likes of Cat Deeley (umm I didn’t believe it either). **Famous Parties – every week there is a party of some sort – Versace, Paris Hilton’s birthday etc…Heat goes along and comes back with all the gossip – who got drunk, who was sick, who copped off with who and most importantly – what was in the goodie bags, you’ll be amazed at what the stars get free and when they can afford to but it all anyway! Basically this magazine offers you everything about the celeb world you have always wanted to know. Wh
en Kate Moss gave birth Heat was the first magazine to announce to the world that the Baby would be called “Lila” and not “Lola” as the Tabloids have reported. One of my favourite sections is the crossword….a star studded crossword which gives you the chance to win a top prize – usually a wide screen TV and a DVD player…. <><>Where can I get it<><> This magazine is available in every newsagent I have ever been into and those supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s. <><>Subscribe<><> Subscription to this magazine is around £70 a year, which does sound a lot, but for a weekly magazine at £1.45 you’re not really losing out. <><>When can I get it<><> Heat becomes available to buy every Tuesday – so get it before some one else does. <><>Do I recommend<><> Well if you haven’t guessed from this opinion that I never miss buying it, then YES you certainly should go and buy it if your interested in what goes on in Celeb Ville and you want to know what Posh Spice’s latest fitness routine is!!
Hotter than Hello! - Advantages: Shows celebrities as everyday people., Very interesting interviews., Has very reliable movie reviews. - Disadvantages: Can veer towards downright bitchiness., It is OBSESSED with the Beckhams!!!, Only reviews mainstream movies.
I love this mag, don't ask me why, I can sit down and read it cover to cover in a hour, I don't really learn anything particularly worthwhile (other than what cleanser Kylie uses and the latest plot lines in Eastenders) but I still buy it EVERY week. I think the TV ad for the mag is correct "the higher the intelligence the greater the need for gossip". My husband for instance insists it's pants (rubbish!), but if I'm not in the room he will be reading it cover to cover. Why are people embarrased to admit that they love celeb gossip? This magazine didn't start out quite how it is now, it was more focused on entertaintment, along the lines of a trashy Time Out but they obviously realised they could sell more by printing dirt and tell-tale piccies of celebs in uncompromising positions. I'll quickly run you through the kind of things that they print on a regualr basis. Firstly you'll get the Everyone's talking about.... bit, their opinion on one main thing that's happened that week in celeb world. This will be followed by various articles on what the celebs have been up to this week, what parties they went to, a piccie of them on the beach - that kind of thing. This part is called The Week In Pictures. They have a letters page where they actually print very funny letters and emails from heat readers - giving away the top 5 chart CD's to Letter of the Week. They have a small section at the bottom of the page which I love - called Spotted... This says things like Carol Vorderman and Parky in the Ivy.....Brian from Big Brother walking in Soho on his mobile.....Madge and Guy having a row outside Nobu....Robbie Williams in a North London Tesco. That kind of thing. They also print the previous weeks TV rating charts and the UK and US box office charts. They also feature a celeb "Relationship of the Week" section which i
s quite amusing along with a section on who got together and who broke up in celebland that week. Davina McCall does a column every week giving her view on the weeks happenings and what's in and what's out. She is having a break at the moment so this page has been taken over by Brian from Big Brother who is actually very funny. There is also a section on Star Style, and a great "What were you thinking" section for the worst celeb outfit. A Cabinet Secrets section, which basically tells you all the lotions, potions and make up a specific star loves. The My Favourtie Place asks a celeb where their favourite place is and why. Then you have the big heat interview which is a 3 page transcript of an interview with a celeb. Usually very detailed with piccies. They try and get quite probing too which is good!! After all that celeb stuff you finally come to the Film & TV section. Which includes the following: 1. A main review of a current movie release which is quite detailed, then two smaller reviews of other current releases along with a list of the current top ten films. 2. Music Review - which again has a main review of a current CD release plus about four smaller reviews. It also lists what the next weeks single releases will be. 3. Videos & DVDs - They review a Video and a DVD which is currently out to buy and also the Top Ten videos and dvds to buy. 4. Books - 2 reviews of current book releases along with the current Top Ten books to buy. Then comes the TV section which is very good. You get a two page spread for each day of the week which lists the TV from 6am to 6pm in smaller print then concentrates on the evening viewing which is in easy to reads blocks hour by hour. There is also their Pick of the day which lists four of the best programmes of the day with good reviews and star ratings. It also covers about 20 Cable channels too, including S
ky One, E4, UK Gold, a couple of movie channels and Sky Sports too. The last page in the mag is Say What? a whole page of celeb quotes which are really rather amusing. Personally I love this mag, if you love celeb gossip you will love it too, and thrown into the bargain you also get a great weeks TV & Film guide too. It is now £1.45 and it does seem to keep increasing it's price (it was £1.35 not so long ago). I hope they don't keep raising the price as this will put a lot of people of I think. The writing is good in the mag and usually very close to the mark and funny (in a tongue in cheek kind of way). I have always found the movie reviews and the TV's pick of the day to be very accurate and have watched some things they suggested and thoroughly enjoyed them. Of course they don't always give everything good reviews and will tell you if they think something is a complete dud!! I say go out and buy one issue and if you don't like it you'll still have a TV guide for the week.
Heat Magazine is perfect trashy reading and I love it. It perfectly gets you through the week - it comes out on Tuesday and brightens up those days that are too far away from the weekend. It's aimed primarily at women but I still love it! There are some truly fascinating stories for anyone obsessed with celebs (last week - Dido goes jogging!; this week - Cameron Diaz has spots!). The captions are funny, the writers are great, the articles are good and there is enough content to last you the week. My favourite part of the mag is the quotes page - always ridiculous things to check out. The weekly reviews are great as are the interviews. The TV section is also fantastic becasue it comes out well in advance. I love this magazine - it can be addictive but that's not necessarily a bad thing! It's the best of its genre by a long way.