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comment Should I Kill My Main Character?
If readers cannot empathise with the main character, they will not read the book. For a good example of the serial killer that people can empathise with, look at Dexter; it works because he specialises in killing serial killers. However, you can end up disliking and even hating what a good character becomes; consider the fall of the everyman (e.g. the main character in Breaking Bad) as an example of this. This is difficult to do properly, so make sure you attempt very early on to get the reader to empathise; look at the tricks others have used to do this to ensure the reader stays with you.
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comment Citing an article with multiple authors in APA style
Oh, and you can always email the primary author and ask, if it bothers you (since his email does seem to have been published with the article).
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comment Citing an article with multiple authors in APA style
The order of authors varies greatly from field to field, and can also depend on journal guidelines, and even local preferences. If further research can't help, then from your example, I would suggest that Ren would be first as you know he is the primary author, followed by the names of the other authors in order that they appeared from the original source i.e. Ren, Van, Ma, Raj, and Faulkner, 2012. I wouldn't worry too much about it!
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comment How to make the reader “accept” absurdity?
To an extent, except the difference is that your example is attempting to contradict what I know, but the Synecdoche New York example doesn't. I know people stalk other people, I know some people are exceptionally determined at doing so. It doesn't contradict anything I'm aware of. It's always much more difficult for someone to accept something that's contrary to their perception of the world, than it is to gain some new information that "fits".
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comment Can you write a pro-racism book?
@Lostinfrance Thanks for that, I've updated my answer, hopefully that reflects the situation a bit better.
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