I remember when Sugar looked like this, back when I was still in primary school. Its weird the things that you remember – I remember the first issue that I had. Issue 5 had a special “sealed” section in it about periods and all that. My dad went to Mrs Rites to buy the Saturday paper, and bought me this. My mum came into my room and explained why it was a good thing for me to read.
Sugar was the magazine to read back in Year 6, Mum would happily stop at the post office on the way to school so I could get the latest issue as soon as it came out. I think I kept reading Sugar until at least Year 9, then I probably just nicked my sisters copies after that!
Sugar is closing because of the severe decrease in circulation in the past decade – the increasing amount of online content and things like blogging has made the things that we bought these magazines for more freely available, and more easily doable yourself. Admit it, you tried to make a magazine yourself when you were younger. (Or was that just me? Hm.)
It got me thinking though about the magazines that I used to read, like Bunty and J17 (Twinkle was my sisters magazine, but I still read it – I would read anything I could get my hands on when I was younger – not much has changed really!). The magazines we used to read as teenagers were funny, quirky and full of awesome advice pages that we’d read in school and then give our own solutions. We’d read the magazines in the cloakroom at school, at least 4 girls crowded around one page. You just can’t do that on an iPhone.
What magazines did you love as a teen, and do you think they influenced you at all?