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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)
He was Diddy, plain Diddy, in the morning, standing five feet eleven in one sneaker, he was P. Diddy in sequins, he was Sean John at school, he was Mr. Combs on the dotted line; but in my arms he was always Puffy. —From JLolita (sequel to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov) Submitted by Stan Friedman
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a married man in possession of a good fortune must have been in want of a prenup. —From Prouder and More Prejudiced (sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) Submitted by Anonymous
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the evil, unspeakable un-god to ever check His inbox. —From The Text Message of Cthulhu (sequel to The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft) Submitted by Solomon Lutze, Pennsylvania
Life has just begun! —From the sequel to What to Do When Life Hands You a Devastating Diagnosis (Dos, Don'ts & Some Uncanny Observations) by L. J. Holloway Submitted by LJ Holloway
Ten years later, there were still Bobos—refurbished, newly enlightened, politically self-congratulatory, Bobos 2.0, if you will—but paradise wasn’t what it was. —From Bobos Still in Paradise: How the Upper Class Remains on Top (Even with a Few Less Lattes) (sequel to Bobos [Bourgeois Bohemians] in Paradise by David Brooks) Submitted by Michael J. Agovino, Writer/Editor, New York City
Look, the boat sank, the whale won, I'm sick of talking about it, and stop calling me Ishmael! —From Moby Ditto (sequel to Moby Dick by Herman Melville) Submitted by Esther Friesner