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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)
When I woke, feeling the pain of the murderous whale's thrashing, it was in a terrible foreboding wet darkness, the only light came from a candle a poor sad cobbler held in his pale hands. "Welcome," Geppetto said, "to the belly of the beast." —From Moby Dick 2: Inside the Belly of the Beast (sequel to Moby Dick or The Whale by Herman Melville) Submitted by Brendan McGinn, New York City
With a bad taste in my mouth, I realized that without a voice, there was no telling her I'd love her forever, but had tired of her endless soups. —From The Dead Head (sequel to The Ha-Ha by Dave King) Submitted by LeAnne Cantrell, Special Needs Mom
One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go out for a California roll but didn't know where the nearest sushi joint was. ... Luckily, there was an app for that. —From Harold and the New Purple iPhone3G (sequel to Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson) Submitted by Devra Newberger Speregen, Writer, East Northport, NY
Now, fair Hippolyta, our sophormoric hour Draws on apace; four unhappy days bring in Another school year... —From A Latesummer Night's Nightmare (sequel to A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare) Submitted by Royce Jeffrey
John and Dagny stood at the front of a raging crowd and realized suddenly that, though poverty and widespread violence had illustrated the dangers of corrupt power and the praise of mediocrity, though destruction and hysteria had clearly shown the error of seeking self-sacrifice as salvation, and though John had executed a detailed and all-encompassing plan of action deftly, people were still lazy assholes who just wanted a free meal. —From Atlas Considers Shrugging Again (sequel to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand) Submitted by Catherine McKinney
We lied! —From The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Again! (sequel to The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss) Submitted by John Bishop, Jr.