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1. In 2004, a teenager in South Florida stabbed a classmate to death. He claimed that he had been given special powers by God, and a psychologist said, "His fantasies blurred with reality". Which book by Bret Easton Ellis, about how businessman Patrick Bateman commits many murders, is thought to have inspired this teenager?
2. On February 1996, tragedy struck Frontier Middle School in Washington, when a teen opened fire on students and his teacher in his algebra class. The prosecution argued he had gotten ideas from several literary works, one of them being "The Basketball Diaries". Which of these authors, who was also a poet and a musician, wrote that book?
3. In the decade of the 1980s, two heinous crimes took place; one was perpetrated by Christopher Wilder, who killed eight women, and the other by Robert Berdella, who killed six men. Both of these crimes had something in common: "The Collector", a book about butterfly collector Frederick Clegg and his lonely life which leads him to kidnap a girl called Miranda.
Which of these people, who was influenced by Sartre and Camus and also wrote "The Magus", is the author of "The Collector"?
4. Anne Rice is a well known gothic writer. Sadly, one of her books inspired a murder in 2002 after a 22 year-old Scotsman believed a vampire from the movie version of the novel told him to kill a friend. Which book, about a vampire called Lestat who wakes up to a new world, inspired this murder?
5. The Port Arthur massacre was one of the deadliest shooting rampages in history. The perpetrator, Martin Bryant, is said to have been obsessed with dolls and their powers in the children's horror series "Goosebumps". Which of these authors, also the mind behind "Rotten School", created the "Goosebumps" series?
6. In 1909, David Graham Phillips published a novel that would later cost him his life. A musician who had studied in Harvard University thought that a character of the book was purposefully designed to defame his sister, and in 1911, Phillips was shot, causing his death a day later. Which novel caused these unfortunate events?
7. In 1977, the novel "Rage" was published by Richard Bachman. Twenty years later, Michael Carneal would shoot eight people at Heath High School, killing three, and being possibly inspired by the novel.
Which of these, also known for "The Shining" and other horror stories, is the real name of Richard Bachman?
8. Anthony Burgess published in 1962 a novel that was turned into a film in 1971, about a teenager called Alex DeLarge who commits a series of crimes in a future version of Britain. This would spark a series of incidents, especially related to rape cases, since that was one of the crimes of the protagonist. Which literary work is described?
9. With the first book released in 2005, the "Twilight" series is one of the most successful vampire-themed works of modern times. The series eventually turned into an also successful movie saga. In 2009, a strange kind of crime occurred in Iowa, since a 13-year-old boy started biting his classmates after becoming familiarized with "Twilight" and its themes.
Which of these authors, who also wrote "The Host", is the creator of the "Twilight" series?
10. One of the saddest losses of our time was John Lennon's. This former Beatle was murdered when he was walking out of his home in 1980, by Mark David Chapman. After the murder, Chapman was found at the scene with a copy of J.D. Salinger's most controversial book, which is said to have inspired not only this crime also an assassination attempt on President Reagan.
Which book, that features Holden Caulfield as its main character, is this?
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