Soaplife provides the inside track and a behind-the-scenes look at Britain's popular soaps.
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Being a massive soap addict, I can never wait until the shows are actually aired to find out what is going to happen. So every fortnight when I get paid, I but the TV mag that gives you all the gossip on the next 2 weeks. I have tried a few of these magazines now, and am slowly reviewing them all, but Soaplife is the most recent one that I picked up.
** Britain's No.1 Soap Fortnightly **
Soaplife is another soap magazine, which RRPs at £1.65, that is released every fortnight and claims to hold all of the gossip for the next 2 weeks and beyond. The issue that I have is for the 2 weeks just passed and held a LOT of gossip.
The first section of the magazine held all of the major storylines that will be aired in the next few months. Most of the stories in this section had 1-2 pages dedicated to it and went into a lot of detail about how the storyline would come around. However, it seemed to me that in most of these articles, the magazine was hinting that it was only guessing that this would happen. Although I have since read a magazine that has confirmed all of these stories, this annoyed me a little as I want to read what is actually happening, not what people think will happen. (I could write thes magazines if that was the case!)
In the second section, we actually get to see what happens over the next fortnight. This has a series of full storylines which have half a page dedicated to each and go into some detail. However, most of this section is set up in a chart which tells you what happens in each episode, and doesn't really give much information.
There is then a small collection of photographs of soap stars out and about, trying to live their own lives, and an explanation of what they are doing. I find this part of the magazine and tend to skip it as I am not interested in these people's lives, only what their characters are up to.
The last few pages of the magazine hold some puzzles and chances to win several different prizes, letters from fans about current stories and a page that shows you what will be in the next issue of the magazine.
* So...is it? *
To be honest, I did not find this magazine as good as other fortnightly magazines, mainly because it seemed that the storylines were made up by the writers, even though I now know that these storylines have been confirmed.
I think my main problem with this magazine was the fact that it spent most of the time going into future stories and not enough attention was given the the next fortnight, as I pick this up to know what is happening over the next 2 weeks.
This is not a bad soap fortnightly, however, I think I will keep searching for a better one.
Soap life has to be one of my favourite magazines, im always the first out of my friends to know whats going to happen within the soaps and its all thanks to this magazine. I am a huge soap fan, sadly my life kind of revolves around them, I rarely miss an episode of my favourite soaps.
** The Front Of The Magazine **
The front of the magazine is packed with picture of the major story lines, on this occasion for example it focuses on deaths with soaps over the next two weeks. Be a little cautious though as the headlines can be very misleading.
** The Back Of The Magazine **
The back of the magazine is usual an advertisement for "zingtones".
** Contents **
The contents page provides a brief on the stories on each page, making it easy to find a specific story and it also includes pictures on the right hand side.
The next few pages are filled with "hot news" which gives you snippets of what you can expect from the soaps in the near future.
You are then able to read various interviews with soap actors/actresses, which are failr in depth and enjoyable to read. These pages are nicely laid out and its clear to see what questions are being asked etc.
The magazine is full of the major story lines form your favourite soaps such as Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Home and Away and Neighbours. These include full page spreads with an indepth description of the particular story.
You then have the "turn on tv" section which gives you some interesting pictures and information about other tv programs and dramas such as The Bill, Desperate Housewives etc.
Finally you have the competition section with crosswords, sudoku and other puzzles, and the "whats next" section, which tells you what you can expect from the next edition.
** Price and Availability **
This magazine costs £1.60, I think this is a very good price considering how much information you are getting from this magazine. Soaplife is available in all major retailers and in most corner shops and newsagents.
** My Opinion **
This really is a great magazine for soap lovers, it gives you enough information to get your mind ticking but not enough to spoil it for you. I think it provides excellent value for money and is a fun and interesting magazine to read.
Just by reading the title of this magazine you know what the whole magazine is about. Soaplife comes out monthly and costs £1.20. You do really have to be a soap fan to enjoy this magazine. It is literally all about the soap stars and about the characters that they play. If you dont want to know in advance what is going to happen next in the next episode of your favourite soap then dont buy this as it gives you the gen on nearly every soap that there is and who said what to whom etc. You do get your money worth though as there are lots of articles and not that many advertisements or full page colour posters in it. One good piece every month is the "15 things you didnt know about" and they really do go out their way to see that it is definately 15 things you didnt know about the chosen star. One thing I did not like about this months magazine and I think if there are any "compers" out there reading this or the magazine will agree with me is that they advertise a competition as "you could win £50,000" but when you go to see the competition expecting to see a crossword or something similar it is a competition where you have to phone in and get given 4 names and then see if they match the ones in the magazine. Admittedly they do give you an address to write to so that you dont have to pay the expensive hotline number but I think it is still wrong to make people think there is a good competition in the magazine. It does give a list of who plays what part in all the soaps but it doesnt give you a day to day what is going to happen. If you are a soap addict and dont like suspense then this is definately the magazine for you but if like me you like soaps but dont really like to know what is going to happen next or even next month then give it a miss.
Now everyone that has read any of my ops will undoubtedly know that I love soaps because I happen to mention them in nearly all of my ops! This is the third soap magazine that I have written an op on but is it just the same as the other two? Soaplife is published by the makers of What's on TV and when it came onto the market there was only one other soap magazine on it, this was of course the original and best Inside Soap. Inside Soap is fortnightly and Soap life and the more recent all about soap (made by the makers of Inside soap) are both monthly. I always buy all three because I am soap mad but I think that you could probably get away with buying just one! Soaplife covers the current soap story lines for the month ahead but also has Soap Gossip, what would life be like without this? It also has "Soap Classics" (self explanatory), "Past lives" featuring one soap character in the current issue this is Kim Tate and "My life in soap" this features Judy Nunn (Home and Away) in the current issue. They also a regular poster pin-up , an article on my style, the latest issue takes a look at Laila Rouass from Family Affairs. They also have 5 things that one star couldn't do without this is good fun! And Life after soap in which Tina Hobley from Corrie says what she has been up to since she left. This magazine also has a letter page and your stars as well but what does make this magazine slightly different from the others is the competitions and puzzles. There are 3 major competitions for prizes from tickets to a celebrity party to books and even cash. The puzzles include an arrow word, a crossword and there is also a soap quiz and a spot the difference too! There aren't too many adverts I counted a total of 9 ½ pages out of 68 pages so not too bad. Even though this magazine is aimed at teenagers I think it appeals to any soap lover and if I had to choose one out of t
he three this wouldn't be my first choice unless it had something different to offer like an exclusive the others didn't have or a nice free gift! Not a bad magazine for £1.10 a month.