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See, I was right. —From Das Kapital 2 (sequel to Das Kapital by Karl Marx)
HappyMeals are all alike; each unhappy meal is unhappy in its own way. —From Anna McKarenina (sequel to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)
Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. —From Kwanzaa Tunes (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
All animals are equal, except those with swine flu. —From Mexican Animal Farm (sequel to Animal Farm by George Orwell)
As if you didn’t get enough about me from my first book even though I said I wasn’t writing my goddam autobiography or anything, my publisher wants a sequel and I really need the dough, so while I’m not going to get into where I finally graduated from high school, went to college, or got a job, and all that Rabbit Angstrom kind of crap, I’ve got to put something down on paper so here goes. —From The Catcher in the Rye Grows Up (sequel to The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger) Submitted by Robert Kimzey, Montclair, NJ
... Well, fuck this! —From The Lord of the Rings: The Retirement of the King (sequel to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien) Submitted by Philip Kelley
You have a friend request from God. Confirm as Friend or Ignore? —From Facebook of Common Prayer (sequel to Book of Common Prayer by Thomas Cranmer) Submitted by Lauren Gilbert, Librarian, Huntington, NY
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. But for me, I was exhausted, so it was the rest of times. When I awoke, I realized I had no time. —From A Tale of Another City (sequel to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Andrew Fisher, Kewanee, IL
It was not the best of times; in fact, it was the worst of times and it got even worse when the newest of the cities wanted to send liberty (but not necessarily equality and fraternity) to many other cities in the world. —From A Tale of three Cities (sequel to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Sumitra Shah, NYC
At the end Jesus took the believers to Heaven. —From The Holy Afterlife (sequel to The Holy Bible by God—through numerous persons) Submitted by William Massey, Columbia, TN