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I am one of those people who is always reading something, whether articles on the Internet, a book or a magazine so if I see a good headline on any magazine it will hook me in and make me want to buy it.
This is one of the problems I have with Woman magazine though. The actual stories never seem to add up to the drama of the headlines. The headline will be full of the 'ooh' factor then when you read the actually article it's like ' oh is that it?' Not always I admit, but a lot of the time it's the case.
Apart from a tendency to overdo the headlines, Woman is an average kind of a read. It's a weekly, it was 90p the last time I bought it and it's the kind of thing you can dip in and out of between household chores when you stop to have a cuppa. There is plenty of celebrity gossip if you like that sort of thing, though usually pretty low key gossip, or a new take on a long-standing celebrity theme going on. It's not all celebrity though and there are also human interest stories about readers and members of the general public who have found themselves in unusual or unexpected situations.
The mood of the magazine is lively and bright and I feel it would appeal to the older woman, who has seen a bit of life, knows what she is about and is happy to go her own way rather than young women looking for the next big trend and establishing their image and careers.
Woman has been around for years and while it probably has lots of younger readers who enjoy it when it's there, I suspect it is mum doing the buying.
I don't buy many magazines anymore but I get them passed over to me once my mum has read them. I find most womens magazines "an easy read" - just something to flick through and be able to put down and pick up whenever you want. Life has been a bit hectic lately so I need a no brainer to read.
I picked up the plastic bag with mags in that my mum had left when she was up visiting; I picked out Woman.
This is the 17 August 2009 issue that I am going to review.
The front cover is quite eye catching as it is brightly coloured - Woman is wrote in pink near the top and there are few headline articles :
PETE'S PAIN (isn't there enough pain and suffering in the world without having to feel sorry for someone that has had a break up)
JESSIE'S NEW BODY size 14 to size 10 in six weeks (why do we care)
EXCLUSIVE DENISE'S AGONY secret family heartache pushes star to t he edge (oh this might be a bit sad)
I turned the first page and saw the words HOT IN WOMAN THIS WEEK which was just advertising a couple of beauty articles.
On this page was a list of the contents organised into catorgaries :
Fashion Beauty and Home
Health and Advice
I turned over the next page and it said "The bigger picture" X FACTOR SPECIAL
It shows a picture of Cheryl and Dannii - Who's got the fashion factor - it appears with these pictures that it's Dannii that has. I am not really a reality show fan so didn't fiind this of any interest.
Tuned over again and got I was so sick of the fat jibes! (This was advertised on the front cover "Jessie's new body" She apparently dropped two dress sizes in 6 weeks - personal trainer obviously - she states this as soon as she is asked how she did it. I just skim through this as I am not really bothered.
Then it's the Peter Andre article (article... wrong word) Doting dad talks exclusively to woman about life after Katie (we really are sad this stuff sells) What is missing from our lives that make us this interested in other people that we don't even know. Usual thing questions asked and answered etc.
Why am I reading this???? No offence intended to regular readers.
Oh what's going to be next and it is "Is there life after soap" - Do we care? Obviously we do or this magazine wouldn't be on the shelves!
Now we come to Denise on the edge, I did give this a quick read apparently The Loose Women and Waterloo Road star looks close to breaking point - basically she is very busy and it's tough juggling things she is currently putting in 12 weeks of long hours filming Waterloo Road and her husband isn't around to help as he is working long hours in his latest play which is touring the country.
The sad part is she is also dealing with her mum's fight against cancer as well as working.
Not getting any better as Vicky says stuff the diet - Oh dear no wonder men take the mick out of what women read. It's about stars that have lost weight then put some back on - isn't that like some women that are not famous - please tell me why this is interesting!?
And there is more about celebs but what is the point of me telling you.
I then came to The double tradgedy that led to love - a real life story about a woman who's husband died then she lost their baby that she was carrying. She then found love with someone else.
The X Factor is in here again then there is an article about a women that lost her job when she was pregnant and now makes a living from doing voice recordings for adverts. .... ok slightly interesting.
Next is how somebody survived the cult that killed her family - this is like something you would read in a newspaper and is interesting, someones version of how things were in a cult and how she escaped.
More diet stuff!! then some pages about fashion, beauty tips, recipes, some health stuff and problems and letters. Finally puzzles and quick preview of what's goning to happen in the soaps.,
So is that worth 90p - well it depends what you want. Are you interested in other peoples lives? Are you interested in slightly famous people? Or do you not give a damn? Do you think so what about what people are doing? The choice and the decision is yours. I don't think there is much to read in this mag too many pictures when it's about fashion and too much rubbish about slightly famous people infact it's rubbish!!
I love woman magazine it cost 90p Tuesday weekly, there is so much to read in hear.
I have mine subscribed and it comes through the post Monday Morning.I pay by debit card every three months.
I love reading about what the celebs are up to, and the great photos, there is also an interview each week of a celeb, My favourate are the real stories from real people with happy or sad endings, very moving.
I like my soaps: this magazine gives you up to date information whats going to happen on T V for that week, if you like your soaps.
Also lots of tips on how to apply make-up, and how do dress you hair for different events.
What I dont like in woman magazine are all the diet and healthy advise, it gives you healthy menus if your into that.
I love the fashion pages all from high street shops and supermarkets, which we all love good prices for our clothes.
plenty to keep me going until next weeks issue.
After I have finished reading my copies are then passed onto my sister and mum, they love them too.
This is not a magazine I would buy myself, however, my Mother In Law buys it an passes it along to me when she has finished with it.
A new issue is out every Tuesday costing 90p.
The magazine is an OK read but I usually flick through it just reading the odd story so it doesn't take me long to get through but it is good to sit down with a cup of tea and have a flick through it!
The magazine is set out as follows:
The first page is the contents of the magazine with a 'Hello' from the editor.
The next two pages then cover the main 'celebrity' stories of the week. When I say celebrities it is usually ex soap stars, the Beckhams and Colleen Nolan, basically any so called celebrity you might find in the jungle!!!! This page often also contains a competition or freebie such as make-up or in this weeks edition a free glass of wine.
There is then usually an interview with a so-called celebrity about what they are up to at the moment.
Next there is usually a story about a celebrity which I don't normally read as it is normally just speculation and not actually the celeb' views!
Next is 'Woman Watercooler' where a question is asked and they get a celeb's view on it then three of their readers also comment. This weeks question is 'Should the Strictly result be based on talent alone?' As you can see it is a very important issue that is being dealt with!!!!!!
There are then a few more 'celeb' stories and interviews before, for me, the worst part of the magazine - 'Let's Talk with Coleen'! I usually skip through this pretty quickly as I am really not interested in what Coleen Nolan does all week and am really not interested in her opinion on other so called celebs but I suppose some people might like her!
We then go into the 'real life' stories which are usually the main part of the magazine worth reading. There are usually three or four stories normally one will be about weight loss!
There is then a letters page where each one printed gets £20 and the 'Letter of the Week' gets £50.
There are then a few pages about diet and weight loss, style and beauty products, homewares and money saving tips.
There is always at least once recipe in the magazine and then a couple of pages about food and an interview with a 'celeb' about their favourite foods.
Next is 'Dr Chris' Clinic'. Dr Chris off this morning answers peoples medical problems and talks about various current medical issues.
There is then a problem page with one answered by Claire King who used to be on Emmerdale (!) and another by a 'sexpert'!
There are usually then some adverts before a quick look at DVD's, books etc that are released this week. There is always a DVD and a CD reviewed by readers of the magazine.
Next are the puzzles with a crossword in which you can with £200 plus a sudoku and other puzzle that are just for fun, The star signs are usually on this page too.
There is then a review of the 'Must-see TV' which always looks at the soaps and casualty/holby city and just gives a few words about other things that are coming up on TV in the future.
There is then a page of 'celeb's' attending parties and events that week (why we need to know this I'm not too sure!) before the final page of Alison Hammond talking about 'celeb's' she has met!
The magazine contains a few adverts but not too many, they are easy to flick passed if you are not interested.
.....Having just read back my review I've actually realised that I don't really like this magazine at all and only read it because it is given to me for nothing! I don't think it is aimed at me at all!
My husband picked up a copy of Woman on the train the other day and although I would not normally buy it, I thought I might as well give it a go. It actually wasn't too bad, well relatively!
It is a typical gloosy magazine about celebrities. I tend to look at the pictures more than the articles in these magazines - after all, it's just drivel isn't it?! I don't actually care whether Madonna and Guy Ritchie are splitting up, renewing their wedding vows, adopting a baby or just getting on with their lives. It doesn't affect me one way or the other! But I do like to nose at what they are wearing and whether they look rough or not! This magazine is therefore perfect for me! (Though I wouldn't actually part with money to buy it!)
It also has real life stories - I hate this bit! I want to read about interesting and famous and rich and beautiful celebrities. I definitely do not want to read about someone who's father killed their boyfriend because he was jealous. If that happened to you, why would you sell it to a magazine for £250?! If I want to freak watch, I'll switch on Jeremy Kyle!
It costs 90p, which is much cheaper than many celebrity magazines. However, there are less interviews with celebs and less articles generally. Not bad for pictures though!
Basically, don't bother buying it but pick it up if someone leaves a copy on the train!
I am not a magazine reader. I used to buy Glamour religiously until I actually paid attention to how much of the magazine I was reading and it was about 10 percent of it, so I was wasting my money. There and then I stopped buying them, I even decided to stop buying newspapers for the same reason.
My boyfriends daughter is still at the stage of wanting to read the glossy magazines about the c-list, or should that be z-list celebrites, so I now and again flick through one of them to see if they've changed and become something that I would want to read, or when I want something to send me to sleep.
I picked up a copy of Woman yesterday and what a let-down. All the stories are just mirror images of past issues and are the same as all the other magazines. This issue says that it retails at 90p and there is an offer inside so that you can get the next issue for 40p
The index is broken up into the following catergories -
Fashion Beauty & Home
Health & Advice
and lets the reader know what they're in for, although you don't really need an index, as like I said earlier, if you've read one you know what to expect.
This particular issue has features on various celebreties and more often then not puts them down, there is the usual 2 pages about dieting and food, true life tales sent in from readers and soap gossip.
The bits of the magazine that used to be able to hold my attention were the problem pages. They used to be real, proper steamy problems which would either make you giggle or appreciate the man you got more. These were ridiculous. It was jus two problems, one about relationships and one about sex. In this particular issue it was internet dating for the divorced who's nervous and bedroom antics for the uninitiated. The problems weren't really problems, I've read about them time and time again or they've been featured on programmes like This Morning. What got me more then anything is that there was only two problems. I can remember when there would be one problem done as a main issue in great detail and then at least another ten with shorter answers.
Reading this magazine just reaffirmed for me why my decision to stop buying them was a great move to make.
Magazines are my vice, (along with chocolate) recently I came into possession of a large pile of Woman magazine from my mum. Normally I wouldn't read a magazine like this, I tend to stick to Cosmopolitan, and Glamour or Company when I want something extra to leaf through. But with my mum engrossed by my cosmo, I decided to read hers for something to do.
On all of the ones I have, the first thing that jumps out at me is how busy the cover is! Whereas the type I read usually has one cover person and headlines around the edge; this one has 6 people dotted over the cover. There's a headline above the title and then the front page is split into 2 longways. On the right is Fern Britton talking about her diet, with a picture of Maria and Liam from Coronation Street and the storyline that was coming up. On the left is Lisa Scott Lee talking about her post baby diet, Rosemary Conley's menu for guess what?? Another diet! And above that is Gok Wan and his Body Confidence Tricks.
Personally I found it overcrowded and the cover garish with all the different colours, people and headlines.
Inside is the usual: a detailed contents page and the letter from the editor. The first 6 pages are taken up by celebrity news (not that I'm complaining about that, I like reading gossip!). In my opinion, most of those pages follow the same path as the cover: most of them overcrowded. The next part is Watercooler woman which is always worth a read, they ask a question which has been gaining attention, usually something along the lines of binge drinking culture, or whether high heels are worth the pain etc. This issue I have here asks whether men are getting more vain. The writer presents their argument, and then at the bottom of the page they always survey women on the street. Following the watercooler woman page is a bit more celebrity news. I'm not a magazine editor or anything, but surely it would make sense to stick it all in the same place?? Following this is a report on "Extreme beauty treatments". Leeches, caviar hair treatment or placental cream (???) anyone?
After this rather disturbing report, is an article about whether certain hollywood couples are destined to be together, with a side note from a psychic who insists that, yes, soulmates do exist. This sort of format goes on throughout the magazine, including an interview with Coleen Nolan, more celebrity news, before coming to the 'real life stories'. One is an article on Kate and Gerry McCann "A year of torment", and followed by a similar disappearance from 30 years ago; an article on one of the contestants on "I'd do anything", an article on 2 people in an incestous relationship, the rise of reverse surgery (i.e. taking out implants). Followed by the usual problem pages and pages on decorating your sitting room.
This magazine is good for some light entertainment and celebrity gossip. However it's not anything you would read to keep up with news etc or even to look into deeper events i.e through undercover reporting. Since it is quite thin, it's not the type of magazine like Cosmo that you can keep flicking through between issues because once you've read it, it's definately not interesting again. Also, there is a lot of focus on diets in this magazine, with 3 of them mentionned on the front cover! This is more than my cosmo and glamour put together. ALthough on the plus side, it's cheaper than others, at only 90p a week.
Over the summer I was never short of something to read thanks to the generous parents who left all their magazine and books behind when they went home. Unfortunately, the majority of these parents, being older, more worldly and, well, parents, had different tastes in magazines from us young uns. No problem, I figured, a magazine’s a magazine, right? I mean it’s in English, it’s up to date and it’s readable. And so, had you been in my resort over the summer, you would more likely than not have seen me reading Good Housekeeping, Ok, Hello and Woman’s Weekly, rather than my normal 19, More, Heat and so on. Woman, though, is the magazine that surprised me. Far from living up to the comfy, mumsy image it portrays, it was actually interesting, insightful and a jolly good read at times. I read issue after issue over the summer, and even picked up and paid for one at the airport when I flew out here. Published weekly on a Tuesday, Woman costs 68p and is widely available, both in the UK and abroad. It comes on flimsy, trashy, ready to be thrown away rather than stored and treasured paper, but is a worthy buy despite this. The magazine contains a lil’ bit of everything and includes the following sections: *** Features *** Changing each week, these include things like how to get a good deal when buying a car, tried and tested household products and so on. It is really pot luck as to whether you end up with useful articles in a certain issue, but more often than not they will fit this bill. Almost every week they have a question – for example, what do men REALLY think of working mothers, or is a one night stand EVER ok? (they like their caps for emphasis) - and then go out onto the streets getting the public’s opinions. Funny if only because there are some odd people out there, and they always manage to find the odd one…. *** Looks *** As the name would suggest, this section
is to do with looking good, from latest fashions to beauty tips and hints. Although the clothes are a bit (Ok a decade or two) too old for me, the pages are still fun to flick through (and be glad I’m not over the hill just yet and being forced to wear things like that). *** Health *** This part of the magazine is split into two sections – “normal” and alternative health advice. There are problem pages and product features, and also fact files for common complaints for example high blood pressure or obesity. Up to date and factual, but written in a way anyone can understand, this is one of my favourite sections, if only so I can revel in the fact that I’m not struck down with this or that ailment, and am in fact quite healthy. *** Let’s Eat *** Foodies of the world unite in these pages, with wonderfully illustrated recipes and food updates from all the big supermarkets. I haven’t had a proper kitchen since I started reading the magazine, and probably wouldn’t like most of the dishes anyway, so I usually skip this section. *** Showbiz *** On its requisite interview pages, Woman features celebs who are a bit too mumsy for my liking – stars of Emerdale and Heartbeat for example, neither of which I watch – but then I guess I don’t fit into their target readership anyway, so this is to be expected. *** Every Week *** The bits every women’s mag has, here you’ll find soap updates, horoscopes, a short story, a crossword or two, a letters page and staying in/going out – your guide to the latest video and film releases, and book publications. Not all that useful if you’re not in the UK, but hey. They also have a problem page (for life rather than health problems) which always cheers me up in a perverted way …… :-) *** Plus *** The offers section, this is the pla
ce to buy that saucepan set you always wanted, or to get your hands on 50 marigolds in a presentation box, delivered straight to you door within 28 days and only available for Woman readers, for only 50% more than you’d pay at a garden center. Needless to say I have never taken them up on one of these offers. The focus each week is very much on making life simpler for the readers, whether it be by giving quick and easy recipes, or tips and hints on household affairs. I suppose their reckoning is that busy working mums – their probable target audience – don’t have time to faff around. If we go off their adverts, their average reader needs menopause vitamins and a BUPA health check, is interested in life insurance and homeowner loans and has children who need school dictionaries and revision guides. This, needless to say, does not describe me (SWF, 20, living it up in Germany), but then I never thought it would The crux of the matter, though, is that this magazine is a good read. It’s cheap, it’s lively, and it makes me smile. It’s well written if aimed a little low, but at least it’s easy to understand. Although I won’t be taking out a lifetime subscription just yet, there are, in my opinion, plenty of worse things you could get on a plane with.
We wake up extra early in order that we look 'OK' when we haven't had much sleep, then we spend half an hour picking out clothes and ironing them so that we seem presentable when we feel like shit. Then when we get to college/university/work, we have to 'Seem' happy other wise who else will keep tasks in perspective? And who will make sure that everyone eats? or who will make sure theres no 'tension'. Thats right, you have now officially entered the world of womenhood. Now it is true that not ALL women do this type of routine, but guaranteed that if we're off on a 'BIG' night out or just entertaining people in our own homes, we will try our very best to look the part, but why? We never see men getting into sweats about ironing clothes for college or putting on make-up or looking rough, its a man thing after all. So why do women get into such a 'Tizz' over it all? Is it at all necessary for us to get made up like some porcelin doll? Why do we insist on tidy rooms and crisp clean clothes? why does the slightest sign of wear and tear mean all hell brakes loose for women? These questions,I do not have the answer to, BUT I do know that we should stand our ground, not bother somedays, wander around in baggy scruffy trousers and tops, with hair all over the place and without make-up, lets not be glued to the ties of sterotypical opinions! For the centuary is the 21st, and now is time for changes!
AH! Another interesting magazine packed full of interesting stories and features, so I thought. Unfortunately I was greatly mistaken and very disappointed. I have purchased 5 issues spread over 10 weeks to see if the content actually changed and that I wasn?t just making a judgement on one bad issue. The was relly upset to find the fashion articles on pages 3 & 4 only contained clothing for sizes sizes of 8-18; there are some people (me included) who wear larger sizes? Approximately 10 - 12 pages are taken up with advertvertisement for various products. Why oh why was Eastenders on the cover of 4 out of the 5 magazines I purchased. Have the BBC got a secret deal with IPC media who publish the magazine? I felt that the regular features in the magazine do not vary enough from issue to issue to warrant wasting money purchasing it. Soaps Update : This is a real waste of time, as the magazine if you missed an episode of the soap you would be better asking a friend or neighbour. The few lines that are written are so vague you get the impression that the column is written by an office junior. Tried And Tested This is a helpful section that reviews various products from chocolate ice cream to lime scale removers. The reviews are short but include all the relevant information needed for you to access the product for yourself. Star News This section of the magazine contains reviews on soaps, thrillers, films and drama series to be shown on TV and the top video and cinema releases to be shown in the week ahead. This is written in a totally different way and does include quite a lot of detail. The reviews seem to have more passion behind them and it seems the author really enjoys the job. Your Stars The horoscopes are written by Marjorie Orr and are quite a fascinating read. The one thing I do not like is the Ring and fi
nd out more phone numbers written under the predictions. By the way why are my horoscopes never right? You Tell Us This is a very small page of letters from readers where they have the chance write in with small supposedly humorous letters. Not a winner in my eyes. How It Began This is a really good section in the magazine where magazine research the origins of products and services we all know and love. I read a story on Littlewoods pools which although small was crammed full of information that intrigued and astounded me. Remember This This is a very boring piece on earlier issues of Woman magazine. Sue Frost Sue frost is editor of the agony aunt section of the magazine, the usual advice on letters sent in by their readers. Although the advice she gives is good they could do with expanding the feature to include more than just 4 or 5 letters. The magazines true-life stories always see very traumatic and rather depressing. The crosswords are not challenging enough to be warranted in having 2 placed in a magazine every issue. I think you would have more fun hearing your 66p (the issue price) plop into the water in a drainage hole , than purchasing Woman magazine.
For years I never bought Woman. This is a magazine that not only my Mum bought when I was young but I can even remember my Gran buying it and to be honest you think that because it has been in print for that long it is for that age group. If you think that do what I did and buy a copy. You will find it 66p well spent. It has features, which is readers true life stories, Looks which is all about fashion and a Health section which is not so drab as you think, well have you ever seen a feature like what does your mouth reveal about you! It also has showbiz and where and what to eat plus of course all the regulars like soap updates, stars you tell us etc. A very good item they have weekly is Tried and tested and they have even tested economy teabags so it is not the food or items that we would not normally touch. One thing it does have is £50,000 and loads of other prizes but you have to ring an 090 number and you are allocated 6 food items. If 3 are the same you could win. This could be very very expensive so go careful even though you can send off for one go by post. It would have been nice if they had done another kind of competition. This does not stop you enjoying this magazine though so when you buy your Chat and take a break pick this Woman magazine up as well.
I always thought that Woman and Woman’s Own were older women’s magazines, I have since found out that this is not the case. Both of these magazines are full of articles on fashion, health, true stories, and the usual problem page and horoscope. They even now cover computers and have a lot of useful web sites to visit. I always enjoy reading these magazines. I’ve got a young daughter and I find the articles are nice and short, I can read one with a cup of tea and not neglect playing with her for too long. I really look forward to Tuesday when my local newsagent gets there copies in and if I’m on holiday in England then I always make a beeline for the newsagent on Tuesday’s or if I’m abroad I get my local newsagent to save them for me. Keep up the good work, and if you haven’t had a look recently then buy one and I really feel you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Being honest, this is not a mag I'd go and buy - I got this copy free and have glanced through it as it's really not my kind of mag.... If you want something for a light read, or something to flick through in the dentist's waiting room, then this may well be worth a look. If you are into soaps (I'm not at all!) or want some true-life type stories to peruse, then you may like this a lot more than I do. This issue contained articles about soaps and Steps (save me!) as well as some basic fashion and beauty pages...much as you'd get in many other women's magazines. I was concerned to read a very ill-informed agony aunt response to someone who'd been abused as a child, but the health pages looked reasonable. There is no real depth to any of the articles in Woman, but I imagine that this is quite deliberate. The people who buy Marie Claire or SHE are very unlikely to pick up Woman off the shelf, but if you buy Chat or Take a Break, then this may be another mag you'd enjoy.
I have been buying Woman and Womans Own for the past 12 years, every week without fail , love them they are my weekly dose of drama, celebrity gossip and recipes with a bit of fun fashion thrown in for good measure! I look forward to a Tuesday when I can buy my latest editions,the articles are very concise but easy to read too easy by Thursday I have read them and I am then waiting for Tuesday to role around again! They are crammed packed full of great diet tips and make-up tips, they even have a computer page now which includes some great websites for the whole family,I will continue to buy these for as long as they are in print! Keep up the great work Woman/Womans Own!
My girlfriend always buys Chat and other lady's magazines like that, she does like to read the stories in them, but her main reason for buying them is for the competitions that are in them. It's great! There is always a good selection of prizes up for grabs and the best thing about it is you can do all the competitions, put all the answers on the slip at the back and send them all away with just one stamp. We have not won anything big yet, however my girlfriend has already won an Orange mobile phone, and two tickets to one of this years Music festivals, so hopefully it won't be long until we have our own island somewhere! I'll keep my fingers crossed.