Magazines have always been a part of my life. As a kid a magazine was a treat – something full of colours and fun things to do, something you got for being well behaved in the supermarket.
As a teenager, magazines were part of our culture. When I was a younger teen I was into music and used to read Smash Hits to get all the gossip from pop stars. As an older teen, I reached for more of the girlie ones. They were where we all went to for advice and to giggle over the problem pages. We sat on the grass at school leafing through them. We hid them from our parents in case they saw the sexual content in them. I remember one magazine More had a sexual position of the fortnight – very naughty! I used to read Bliss and Sugar mainly but also picked up Just Seventeen.
As a young adult, I moved over to celebrity magazines like Heat, Ok, Now to get my dose of gossip – who is with who and who has done something outrageous etc. I was the an expert on celebrity news and probably still am really although I use the internet more for my gossip now
Now I still read magazines. I’m more into fashion now and my magazines of choice are the weeklies Look and Grazia – I like the mix of fashion and celebrity news in them so I get gossip and tips on looking good! I’ve avoid the big fashion monthlies like Vogue, I think they’re overpriced and all the clothes in them are out of reach to most normal people. I buy these two quite religiously and miss them if I don’t manage to get them.
I’d be quite sad if we lost magazines. There’s something about flicking through the glossy pages, looking at the photos and getting an insight into celebrity life that I’m addicted to. The internet doesn’t give you that feeling and nor can an iPad. So I hope we don’t lose them. I can track my life through my taste in magazines and I hope future generations will be able to as well!
What magazines have you / do you read?