Raziel Reid, author, Van­cou­ver

ELLE Man (Canada) - - CULTURE -

Raziel Reid thinks that we’re grossly un­der­es­ti­mat­ing our young read­ers. The 25-year-old’s de­but novel, When Every­thing Feels Like the Movies— a sharp and un­flinch­ing look at a fash­ion-fond, celeb-ob­sessed, small-town gay teen who is rou­tinely sub­jected to bul­ly­ing—won the 2014 Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award for chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. That set off a dis­ap­point­ing chain of pearl-clutch­ing re­ac­tions from our coun­try’s moral­ity po­lice. “In Canada, you’re al­lowed to be gay, but you’re not al­lowed to have gay sex,” re­flects Reid, a Canada Reads 2015 run­ner-up. “And if you write about it for young adults, ap­par­ently you’re writ­ing pornog­ra­phy.” Reid, who’s cur­rently adapt­ing When Every­thing Feels Like the Movies for film, be­lieves that to­day’s youth are dis­tracted by the il­lu­sion of fame like no gen­er­a­tion be­fore them. “Be­cause we’ve grown up with TMZ, Insta fame

and re­al­ity TV, kids think it’s go­ing to com­plete them.”

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