The thing I like best about Real People is that it is packed with stories about the sort of folk who could live down the road - not pages full of rubbish hanging on a sentence uttered by a minor celebrity or a paragraph about a new beauty product resting uncomfortably at the bottom of a glossy double page picture. This magazine comes out weekly, currently costs just 69p and simply has lots to read. It doesn't pretend to be clever or sophisticated and is filled with real-life stories and pictures which could happen to anyone.
I buy Real People when I am going on a long journey or I know I am going to be sitting in a waiting room for ages because there is so much to read with plenty of short articles to dip in and out of.
The stories are written in a popular style, as though you are being told by your friend or the people involved, and there are often more than one point of view on events. There are the 'shocking' stories which tend to be featured on the front cover, but then again there are the hints and tips and recipes which add to the interest.
Yes, the paper is thin and the loud colours and dramatic headlines shout out that this is a magazine for the here and now rather than to be lovingly collected and displayed on the coffee table. But for a bit of 'over the garden wall' gossipy indulgence, some food for thought with the more serious stories and a welcome break from the constant round of over exaggerated celebrity drama, Real People takes some beating.
Price:- 67p (October 2013) this price is a bargain! You can pick up a copy of real people at any newsagents or supermarket. If you buy it every week it soon adds up.
If you're fed up of all the celebrity gossip and pages and pages of adverts then this magazine is for you. It's a weekly magazine which I find good, it doesn't mean you have to buy it every week I don't but just occasionally perhaps once or twice a month.
Firstly the front cover is photos and titles of the articles inside which are written/ told by the readers.
Not only do you get loads of real stories to read I will warn you some can be real tear jerkers but you also get puzzles such as crosswords sudoku etc that you can do and win prizes. The prizes are actually quite good they range from cash to kids toys which would be perfect for Christmas.
In real people there is also a section on health and happiness which I like to read this weeks is on reducing the risk of breast cancer. And no magazine would be complete without letters to the 'agony aunt' which I also enjoy reading il Ike to know I'm not the only one with problems and a few of them help me out as well so they are all worth reading.
The magazine isn't as long as say cosmopolitan or heat it's only 50pages but you get your money's worth a couple of pages of adverts usually which are appealing to say mothers as this one shows an offer from morrisons for tasty meals for kids being on offer.
I would recommend this magazine if you have become bored or less interested in the celebrity scandals and more interested in real every day people.
Run a bath...light the candles...grab some chocolate, and my favourite real life magazine.
I enjoy reading magazines when I'm looking for something relaxing to read other than a book. I started buying Real People about 3 years ago when I got bored of celebrity magazines such as Heat and Closer. I saw this magazine in the shops and the cover really jumped out to me, with headlines in bright font on it such as;
"I'M A VIRGIN...BUT I'M PREGNANT"
"ENTIRE FAMILY MURDERED BY MUM'S SICK BOYFRIEND"
"WE GOT MARRIED ON A FARM!"
Somehow, I don't know if I just have a weird mind, but these stories made me want to pick the magazine up. I had a flick through and noticed all sorts of other weird stories and also horoscopes, competitions and puzzles. Obviously I didn't read the whole thing, however I decided to pop it into my trolley as it cost 67p, and that is a bargain. If I didn't like it it wouldn't be much money wasted and I could just recycle it (either by binning it or sending it on to my sister!).
The magazine is mainly built up of people telling their shock stories. Obviously the people in the magazine have spoken into a tape player, and their words have then been written down by a professional writer. The stories, although about different things, are all written in the same kind of style.
When people sell their stories to this magazine they do get paid a decent amount depending on the story.
For example, a shock murder story will earn more money than say, a story about knitting clothes for animals. God forbid if I ever experienced a horrible event like some of the people in this magazine, I would never sell the story to a cheap magazine, however some people need/want the money and see real people as a way of earning it and spreading awareness I suppose.
There is a letters column where you can write in your views of the past issues stories, a puzzles section with crosswords, competitions and such, a fashion page, and a horoscopes section (I always read this although I don't really believe the random things written under my star sign). There is plenty to read in this magazine and it's not all padded out with adverts.
Some of the stories are obviously quite shocking and depressing, but it is not all doom and gloom and a few are about weddings and stories with happy endings. There are also a few inspirational ones, such as stories about children who have recovered from life threatening illnesses and cancer survivors.
Overall for 68p you can't really go wrong, it makes for a good read if you like these kinds of magazines. I have brought several other kinds of real life magazines such as take a break and thats life, however Real people is my favourite.
I love my magazines me. I spends loads of money on magazines each month from women's magazines to celebrity ones to real-life ones; I read them all. Lately I have started a fitness regime; on the exercise bike - I find it quite boring and so I decided to stock up on a load of cheap magazines to keep me entertained and to help pass the time whilst I am on the bike. One magazine which I recently bought was this one; Real People.
Real People is a British women's weekly magazine. The magazine focuses on real lives; real life stories and real people. The magazine is currently available at a price of 67p which I think is great value for money.
There are some adverts in this magazine, although I wouldn't say that the magazine is completely overloaded with adverts (like a lot of expensive women's monthly magazines). At least I find that the adverts in this magazine do actually apply to me as they are for every day things such as 'Silvikrin Hairspray', 'Fairy Dishwasher Tablets' and 'Regina Toilet Roll' - so as you can see things which we are actually interested in buying.
Although, having said that, I do find it quite refreshing to read about real-life people as opposed to celebrities all the time. These stories are much more easier to relate to and they certainly get you thinking. There are also health pages and fashion pages which I enjoy reading.
I like how the magazine is written; although the stories are quite depressing, the magazine itself is written in quite a fun and light hearted way. It's very easy to read which means that it is perfect for reading whilst chilling out as it doesn't require much thinking. The style of writing is also very friendly and the use of language is pretty simple and easy to follow which is good.
All in all, I would recommend this magazine! It's not an amazing read but it is enjoyable and helps me pass the time whilst I am cycling away on my exercise bike.
Thanks for reading!
Real People Magazine
There are many magazines in the shops full of real life stories, and 'Real People' is one which I had not really read before a couple of months ago. I have found that it is not as well known (by asking around) as such magazines as 'Chat' 'Woman' and 'Take a Break', so I thought I would write this review to allow others a little knowledge of it that they may not have had before.
The magazine is the average price of these types of magazine at £0.67p and can be bought in most shops which sell magazines and newspapers.
'Real People' magazine takes on a similar format in each issue, though I am basing this review against issue 41 more so than others.
The cover is the first thing which caught my attention as it is jam packed with photos and captions for all the real life stories inside. Inside, you get a contents page alongside some interesting facts from around the world which I always find quite amusing, followed by letters from readers and a small part covering television shows.
Once the introduction pages are over with, the real life stories get going. Many stories are double pages, filled with story and photos, though there are also shorter stories for a quicker read. In this issue, there are six jam packed pages from the word go with real life stories before a page of advertisement and puzzles for money, then it is back to the stories. This format continues throughout most of the magazine, with more real life stories than many other magazines. Part way through the magazine, there are a couple of health pages, followed by fashion and beauty. To be honest, I always skip these pages as they are of no interest to me. There is also a food page which can quite often be interesting with cheap and cheerful meal ideas and a reader interview to finish the whole magazine off.
What I love about this magazine is the fact that there is a total lack of celebrity news (which bores me) and more real life stories than other magazines. The puzzles are also interesting with some decent prizes on offer (not that I have ever won anything!).
Review of Real People magazine.
I am not one to buy magazines regularly as I prefer to read novels. However just lately, I have been purchasing lots of magazines as my mother is in hospital recovering from a broken hip and they help her pass the time. 'Real People' caught my eye in the hospital shop so I bought it for Mum. She handed it back to me on my next visit and said it was really not her 'cup of tea' and she would rather I took it away! As it seemed I had offended my mother's sensibilities, naturally I just HAD to read the magazine to find out just what was so bad!
Real People is published weekly and costs 67p. The front of the magazine is covered with snippets of the stories contained within and it was this that attracted my attention in the first place. The stories are the real life dramas and experiences of readers and to be honest the magazine is like a printed version of the Jeremy Kyle show!
The front of the copy I am reviewing features a couple who weigh in at 50stones between them and broke their bed, an account of a lady in labour for six weeks and the story of a woman afflicted by over 200 warts on her body. On hindsight, it wasn't perhaps the most appropriate magazine choice for a sick, elderly lady! That said, the magazine does have some interesting features and and prizes up for grabs via their puzzles.
The magazine has a cookery section which I thought very useful, it gave a selection of store cupboard recipes and handy kitchen hints. There are the usual readers letters and problem pages, a Mum to Mum page which deals with parenting issues, a health section, fashion and horoscopes to name but a few items. One section I found particularly interesting was entitled 'Tim's Treasure', this features the television show 'Bargain Hunt' presenter Tim Wonnacott. Readers are invited to send in a picture and description of their antiques and collectable items for Tim to evaluate.
The puzzles in the magazine offer very good prizes of cash, vouchers and holidays. The puzzles themselves were not particularly taxing in my opinion, they are of the word search, crossword and word game types, yet entertaining nevertheless. There are also some just for fun puzzles with no prize. To enter your answers to the prize puzzles is easy, either by post, text, telephone or online.
The magazine is part of the National magazine company and they can be contacted either on the magazine's website, www.realpeople.co.uk or by post at:-
The National Magazine Company Ltd
33 Broadwick Street
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
All in all, I felt the magazine was good value for money as there was plenty to entertain the reader. The articles and features are well written and the magazine has a chatty, friendly feel about it. I doubt that I will ever become a regular reader of 'Real People' but as a now and again read, it is certainly worth 67p.
I would recommend this magazine to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 February 2010
N.B. My review may be found on other review websites under the same user name.
I purchased lots of magazines recently to take to Spain with me a 'Real People' was one of the ones that caught my eye as I saw a headline on the top of the magazine saying 'bargain 67p' and I really thought that I was! This magazine is released each week and the issue I purchased was 12/11/2009 and there is a statement on the front of the magazine confirming that all stories are 100% true and I have noted that all the stories have photographs with them so I guess this backs it up.
On the front of the magazine there are lots of things designed to encourage you to buy the magazine such as showing you pictures and snippets from some of the real life stories in the magazine. Sometimes I find some of these stories or headlines to be misleading but that is not the case with this magazine.
There are lots of different competitions dotted throughout the magazine such as word searches, crosswords & miscellaneous other puzzles and there can be entered in several different ways such as by text, phone, email or post and there are lots of prizes available to be won each and every week which is fantastic when you consider how much you already get from the magazine!
Real People is known for having lots of real life stories throughout the magazine. While some of the stories are harrowing accounts of rape, murder & other awful things there are also stories of amazing rescues, battles with illness and other things that have ended happily and these stories really can bring a tear of happiness to your eye and some stories can make you cry because you feel so sad for the people involved.
There are some adverts dotted throughout the magazine and these are usually for products that women may be interested in more than men such as cleaning products, pet food, hair dye etc and I don't feel this magazine has a ridiculous amount of adverts. I find most of these adverts interesting and have no problem with them appearing in the magazine.
The whole magazine is well pulled together and each page has an interesting feel to it and there is something interesting to each and every page. There are funny anecdotes and lots of tips throughout the magazine as well as funny pictures that are sent in by readers.
While I may not buy this magazine each and every week I would be happy to purchase this again as the price is very reasonable and up to 15 pence cheaper than some similar magazines.
The size of many of the stories means that they are the ideal size for enjoying on your morning coffee break but I devoured all the stories whilst laying by the pool on holiday! I spent my last day completing all the competitions in my magazines ready for when I returned home and was able to email off all my answers! I got a good couple of hours entertainment from this magazine and thought that it was an absolute bargain!
This magazine gets a 5/5 from me as it's a very entertaining read for a decent price and overall I don't have anything bad to say about this magazine. I will purchase it again in the future and hopefully I will be lucky in the competitions as someone has to win don't they!!
This magazine is very brightly colored luminous pinks,oranges and yellows occupy the cover and it stays that way throughout the pages which are very nicely laid out and almost every single one is full with details and titles that stand out thanks to nicely styled writing and eye catching colors.
ON THE COVER
The cover has lots of stories sometimes with rather odd descriptions. Sometimes they sound a little over the top and you wonder why or even how some of the more peculiar stories came about. The people who created real people magazine certainly know how to draw your attention with rather bizarre titles for there stories for instance the one i just finished reading had headlines for story's such as seven ops to look like Demi Moore and potty police thought my carrots where cannabis. There have been even more bizarre titles in previous issues. These are certainly the main thing that intrigues you and makes you want to read it and once you do the stories don't sound quite so ridiculous anymore. On the cover it states that all off it stories are 100 percent true so if you like true stories this is probably the magazine for you.
SO WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO OFFER?
This magazine offers a wide range of interesting articles that are in depth and interesting. It has something to suit everyone's tastes and it has quite a few puzzles and a horoscope section too. It also includes fashion pages showing some lovely clothes and there prices and where they can be bought and a my world page at the back where readers answer 18 questions about there lives. Thankfully it only has a few ads, so you don't have to worry about your moneys worth being wasted on a bunch of adverts that you see flashed in front of your face every minute on TV anyways. I for one am glad of that cos i am rather fed up of ads in what ever form they come in. They are annoying especially when they are on TV in between films or my favorite TV shows and when there's more ad pages in magazines than ones that are of actual use and that are good to read.
This page includes a round up of the top 5 madcap stories from around the world which are usually quite funny to read and a message from the editor Samm Taylor. It has a index telling you each part of the magazine and the corresponding page where you will find it. It also has a part titled "got a story?" and tells you you can earn up to a thousand pounds for submitting your own and provides a email to contact them about it or a address to send a letter to them.
The stories range from really bizarre to normal everyday experiences. Some are funny and some are quite sad and will make you sympathize with the people who are telling them. They are all well written and interesting to read and most have various different pictures included in relation to each article these usually show you the people who the story is about and help you get a more clearer picture of what you are reading about.
The recipes provided are very helpful and the information they give you is everything you need if you choose to make any of the food suggested, including all of the prices and the ingredients you will require. There's usually at least one that will take your fancy. Even if you don't use it it will make you wonder what it would be like or if that fails then it will probably remind you how hungry you are when you look at the pictures which show some very tasty looking food lol.
There is a wide range of puzzles throughout the magazine including crosswords, word searches quizzes and i-spy where you look for at two pictures and spot the differences between them both. Some of them are competitions and some are sent in by other readers who get paid 30 pounds for there efforts and if there lucky enough to win puzzler of the week prize they get awarded 50 pounds. At the side of the pages there is solution's to the puzzles for if you get stuck or just cant be bothered and want to cheat lol.
SHOPPING AND FASHION
The shopping and fashion influenced pages show nice clothes and tell you how much they cost and where to buy them. The real beauty page is full of nice products suggested by Helen Wright there is short descriptions of each product, prices and where you can buy them. There is also a do it your self article in this issue it tells you how to make your own hand scrub and displays good value deals.
The competitions are mainly linked with doing crosswords and other various puzzles or alternatively you will find a few that you enter by answering questions. There is plenty of info provided so you can be sure of the terms and conditions of each competition. In this particular issue you can win a break to Ireland and a stay at a luxurious hotel there. Then there's also a ad in this for real people bingo and although i don't like ads this one is relevant and actually quite helpful because it offers you 15 pounds free play when you join and provides every reader with there own unique code so they can benefit from the offer.
There is two pages with the title your health. In one of them readers send in stories about health problems that they have and there is a pink box in the bottom left hand corner describing the conditions effects, the symptoms and how to treat them. On the other page there is a ask the doc section where people ask about there health problems and get advice from the magazines doctor Helen Crawley. There's also various other articles on this page including suggestions for health problems,remedies for them and a cringe section where readers send in embarrassing problems and get advice. There is also a top ten section in this issue its top ten things you should know about eyes.
The horoscopes are not overly detailed there quite short and to the point there is just a small section dedicated to them and they are by Jenny Blume. They basically just go over a few things then give you a tip below on what you should try for instance i am a cancerian and the tip provided tells me to try a clear-out this Saturday.
There is a part that tells you about the next issue and what you can look forward to in it.
There is one section dedicated to this featuring Tim Wonnacot from the TV series bargain hunt. In this section readers send in photos and details of things they own and ask him if they might be off any value to them then he gives them his opinion free of charge.
There is 56 pages in this magazine and almost all of them are quite good except for the few ads. I say this because i really don't like them and i believe for every ad they stick in its a waste of some of the money you paid for it Which could of been used to make some quality pages with entertaining worthwhile reads on them. When i buy something i do not buy it to know about phone offers or the latest cereals. I buy it to read good quality info and i am sure everyone else does too for this reason i resent every page with a ad. That aside this magazine offers many different subjects and great articles on each one. Its a interesting read although in my opinion some of the pages are not even worth looking at. I skip past them but thats due to my own preferences and i think this may be hit and miss with a lot of people. There will probably be pages you like then ones you don't like. Its my own personal opinion that i prefer cosmopolitan and bliss because although there plagued with ads they fit my interests and thats really what its about finding a magazine full of articles you enjoy to read and that are of interest to you. Overall this was hit and miss for me there was more pages i didn't like than ones i did.
This magazine is very reasonably priced at 67p its very affordable.
I love this magazine! I always buy it when I am waiting for a bus or have a spare 30 minutes to amuse myself. It is great to read stories about other people (as the title suggests) but there are also some puzzles at the back if you feel like using your brain.
The price of Real People varies week to week - did I mention it was weekly? Which is great as there is about enough content to last me a day - getting back to the price it is usually under 75p, the cheapest I have seen it is about 60p, I think it varies on how many stories are in Real People.
Aswell as puzzles and real life stories Real People also has a section with letters people have written in, i usually skip this as it is quite boring to me, but other people's opinions on articles previously published could appeal to you. It also has a section on tips that readers have sent in, although some of the tips seem a bit crazy i have actually found some useful tips, it is a shame that the tips are only on one page, but I guess this is just an extra section not something the magazine focuses on.
The real life stories are great to read, and the reason that I buy the magazine, it is sort of brainless entertainment that you don't have to think when you read it.
Normally I buy a magazine only once or twice a month, this is usually because I read books the rest of the time. A magazine is perfect for me to read when i'm on my lunch hour though and when I was at the newsagents I came across Real People. I decided to give it a go as it was a fair price at 67p and the stories on the front had more appeal than some of the other magazines on the shelf at that time.
The magazine itself is not that bad a quality especially for the price and the front cover is glossier than a few of the cheaper magazines available.
A lot of the stories in the magazine are quite silly but this probably helped me to choose this magazine. It does have quite a few real life stories some more interesting than others. The one thing I was impressed with was that it has a decent puzzle section approximately 15 pages worth. It has the main puzzles like crosswords, sudoku and spot the difference.
There is also a cookery section, which gives a box with clear information on calories and fat etc on all the recipes given. These boxes jump out from the page so if you are on a diet you can immediately decide if it's for you or not.
A helpful tips section is at the back and they offer £25 if you offer a tip with a picture.
The ask the doctor page is quite informative especially if you have children as there is a section on childrens health. There is also the obligatory agony aunt page which again gives help and advice to those who write in.
Overall the magazine is very similar to the other magazines available in your local newsagents but the price is quite competitive.
The extended puzzle section is a plus for me but some of the stories are slightly less interesting than ones you would find in Chat magazine for example.
A womans magazine that comes out weekly and costs 70p has around 55 pages and claims it is 100% True Life is Real People.
As with a lot of womans magazines the front cover is all about the stories that are in the magazine itself and they do put the most "shocking" ones there.
Inside you will find that they say this is Two magazines in one. First being Real Life and Real People and the second one being Puzzles and Puzzle Paradise.
They also say it is the magazine you can trust.
Straight away on the inside cover is its all about you. Here we have pictures that reders have sent in mostly fun ones.
The contents are split in two. First Real Life and Real People. This includes 4 stories. What I like about their stories is you will find help lines incase you are having any problem similar to the story, statistics and a little bit about the facts such as booze culture.
Then you have other sub headings.
You can write in with your health problems
Trash or treasure
David Dickinson (him with the permanent orange sun tan) will show a picture of your possesions and say if they are trash or if they are treasure and how much you could hope to get for your treasure.
This can be meals from just 50p. Will give you not only the recipe but the shopping list that goes with it so that you buy the correct ingredience. Also every week a family will test some treats and tell you what they think of it and which they prefer.
Fashion and Beauty.
Some helpful information and what is new on the market.
Usually about 17 different puzzles with prizes for you to win or just do for fun. There is also an entry coupon so that you can post all the answers in one envelope.
I find this magazine a good read and especially the true crime story that they have every week
The competitions are not as easy as some magazines which in my view I like better that way and I do try and send them off every week.
It is a magazine that you have a read, put down and can have another read through without being bored.
I would recommend this magazine to anyone.
Thank you for reading. x
This magazine has got to be one of the worst ever published - the paper is really thin, the colours are garish, and the stories are ridiculous --BUT I LOVE IT!!!
For all of the above reasons - it provides a great deal of entertainment in our house when we buy a copy. It is laugh out lound cringe time. Don't read this magazine if you want informative stories, just buy it when you want a smile over you coffee, don't take it too seriously - I mean how can you take a headline like "Stabbed after toyboy stole my biscuits - then my wife!" seriously.
It used to be a cheap bit of escapism at 38p but recently the copies I have bought have all been 70p not sure if it only comes out fortnightly now or if these were new Year specials - or maybe like evrything else it has gone up in price . I can't say that I am queuing outside the shop to get my copy each week, but just pick one up sometimes when I fancy a lift.
The bit I do actually enjoy is the puzzle page in the middle - there are lots of crosswords, and other puzzles designed by Carol Vorderman - well its her picture anyway!!!!
So buy it if you want a giggle over coffee - some of the money saving tips just have to be seen to be believed!!Don't buy it if you expecting a serious "Women's" magazine.