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To criticise Minx for its lack of serious journalism and heavyweight articles is to entirely miss the point. This is the mag for girls who just wanna have fun. Or just have fun at that moment, anyway. Its target market is girls who are quite happy to dub themselves 'laddettes' and want to read silly, fun and irreverant stuff about having a good time. And if that's its brief it does it fairly well. I'm too old to be in its target market but I enjoy reading this fairly regularly. It has a high feel-good factor, a completely different take on the world from its rivals, who all too often can be justifiably accused of taking themselves too seriously. If clubbing, getting drunk, having girlie make-up evenings and gossping about lad isn't your thing, then you probably won't enjoy this. But for half an hour of escapism it's hard to beat.
I first started reading Minx when it first came out and it was quite a good read - however, it has gone seriously downhill since then. I used to enjoy the fact that it was fairly humourous, but now it seems to take itself really seriously. It has got loads more adverts than it used to and the articles seem to be aimed at 16 year olds instead of 20 somethings. Certainly, it contains nothing of interest to me. The celebrity interviews are all daft, they ask stupid questions and the interviews are far too short. You don't learn anything new and the magazine only seems to interview B list celebs these days anyway. Minx is expensive at £2.30 compared to other great magazines such as New Woman (which is really fab and costs £2.60). So if you want a magazine, I'd go for NW, minx really isn't as cool as it was and the quality of writing and material has really gone down hill. Don't bother.
As opposed to the other scathing reviews on here, I actually think Minx isn't as bad as it is being made out to be! Ok so maybe it is rather overpriced, and yes they do exhaust certain fashion topics etc, but I do still think there are often things worth reading in it! It has always intrigued me why there are no problem pages in the magazine, but I think this is deliberate to focus on positive thinking, and too many problem pages are tiresome! I love the feature where they have a celebrity describe their ideal date, and also the real life stories of people who have led exciting lives (unlike mine!) Maybe Minx isn't the best around, I prefer 19 personally, but it is still something to read when you are bored, and they often have useful free gifts such as a beach bag, which are usually tasteful! And the book reviews are usually a good guide as well - I have enjoyed every book they have recommended so far!
Minx magazine appears to be, at first glance, very similar to magazine but the main difference between the two when you read them more carefully, is that Minx appears to have a distinct lack of articles compared to B. While the interview with Kylie discloses details of her past that prove fairly interesting, the interview is by now means ground-breaking. Other articles include ‘8 questions you always wanted to ask your boyfriend’s ex (but didn’t dare)’ which is also entertaining enough to keep your attention on the bus to work but is not the sort of writing that would have you flicking frantically through the magazine to read it. The main problem with this magazine is that it touts articles with enticing, eye-catching headings, although the articles themselves don’t live up to their promise. For example, on the cover, Minx states how to ‘kick your overdraft into touch’, although upon reading the corresponding article, I was extremely disappointed to discover it was just full pages of pictures with a small paragraph of text on each page. This use of pictures to pad-out articles can also be seen throughout the fashion, and especially the beauty section, where the amount of information actually given is pitiful. Minx claims to provide information on ‘life, love and everything’ and it obviously tries to accomplish this but it only manages to scratch the surface.
I got minx when it first came out, for the price I thought I'd get a bit more out of it, well another one bites the dust. It was full of adverts and useless articals. there was not much writing in it at all, and I'd finished looking at it within 20 minutes of byeing it. By far the worst and money wasteing mag I've ever brought. the only thing good about it was a free vest top on the front of it. and it is a one size one, so anyone over a size 14 looked absolotly awfull in it. I have only brought it once since then and it has not changer in the slightest. Still full of rubbish, if there was an option not to rate something, this would sertainly not get rated. Since I have to, It gets 1 star!!
I picked up Minx when it first came out and found it refreshing at the time. After reading three months worth I began to realise that the content very rarely changed and I gave up on it. It's OK as an alternative. If you're at the airport or you're waiting for a train and, like has been said, if it has a good freebie in it, it's all mine. Normally, I wouldn't bother. There's definitely too much on the relationship front. Do we really need that much advice? Are we really all doing it so wrong? Don't we have anything else in our lives? Do we have to spend £2.30 to find out how to tell our partner what pleases us, and how to ask what pleases our partner? Just as an afterthought - the photography could be better as well!
For £2.30 Minx mag is not as good value as a lot of the other glossies because it just does not have the same amount of content. I personally do not like it that much and only buy it if i have read all the other magazines that month. Its layout is slightly strange and looks a bit messy. In its early days it often had good articles on things not normally associated with women's lifestyle magazines such as about womens' prisons, or people taken as political hostages but now it simply does not bother and just features the usual relationship articles. There is usually a travel feature on a particular city or destination which is ok, but nothing special, and many of the pages are devoted to fashion and photo shoots which again is ok but since there is nothing to read on these pages and they take up alot of the magazine it helps make the mag not very good value for money. Worth buying for the free gift sometimes, July's was a rucksack and previous months have been books.