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Some inspiration to get you started:
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)
Holden Caulfield, divorced and with custody of his son, wished his teenager would just do his homework and stop mouthing off to him. —From The Catcher In the Rye: Reality Bites (sequel to The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger) Submitted by Jeremy Wagner, Struggling Novelist, Waukegan, IL
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
The seller of stocks arrived just before the storm. —From Something Wicked This Way Goes: Will and Jim Take On Wall Street (sequel to Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury) Submitted by Anonymous
Even then, more than a year earlier, there were neurons in her head, not far from her ears, that were being strangled to death too quietly for her to hear them. —From An Intimate Portrait of Alzheimers (sequel to Still Alice by Lisa Genova) Submitted by Rachel Pollak
"Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, two words: storm shelter." —From Kansas Redux (sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum) Submitted by Paul Latham
People still ask me who Tyler Durden was. —From Fight Club 2: Suburban Bliss (sequel to Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk) Submitted by Jeff Nordstedt