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Pick Your Pleasure: Reading For Entertainment

Aug 18, 2007
What's better than having it all? Getting away from it all. Escape and entertainment are a survival need for our psyche so it's no wonder some of our highest paid and most recognizable faces are entertainers. From the early days of vaudeville and circus acts to our current system of TV, movies, and books entertainment has captivated our culture. Learning about stars or the vehicles by which they entertain us is an enjoyable escape in itself. Entertainment magazines fill that gap with flair unique to the person who it's written to please.

Die-hard Fans

Some shows and movies strike such a chord in people they actually embrace them as a part of their lifestyle. How else can you explain people who tell you they are Jedi knights from Star Wars or who don't want to put change in someone else's meter because it may violate Star Fleet's prime directive as given in the Star Trek series of shows. For these fans there are specialty magazines to help them through summer re-run season or those dry times when a series isn't any more. Even though the show was cancelled in 2003 Buffy The Vampire Magazine is still going strong with fan fiction, interviews and hopes about future movies and spin-offs. Star Wars and Star Trek both have magazines as well as new shows Prison Break and Lost.

Critical Appeal

Entertainment magazines certainly cover more than the world of niche fanatics and sci-fi fans. For movie lovers who enjoy critiques of movies and theaters are publications like Entertainment Weekly which keeps fans up to date on the entertainment world from TV to DVD to the big screen. Reviews and interviews are the mainstay of this weekly magazine. Independent film lovers particularly enjoy Filmmaker a publication shining the spotlight on the small lights of independent film with essays, critical reviews and schedules. For readers there are a host of book magazines, since their audience likes to read anyway. Bookmarks and Books and Culture are two popular magazines that print author interviews, analysis and related faire.

For The Masses

We like entertainment so much that we don't just want to watch a movie or hear a song, we want to know what the artists does off the screen as well. For the voyeur in all of us there is People, which not only gives an overview of entertainment but also tries to tell us what the life of the stars is like on a daily basis; trying in vain to remind us that they are real people. Along with the success of that magazine a whole genre has arisen to include Us, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Harpers, Star and Vibe. No matter what genre of entertainment you enjoy there is a magazine to tell you about its pluses, minuses and what its stars look like by the pool on their days off.

All work and no play continue to plague a lot of us. Entertainment magazines exist to help us continue to get away from the work-a-day world and immerse ourselves in another kind of joy. After all, isn't it great to get away?
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