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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)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a married woman in possession of a wealthy husband, must be in want of a divorce. —From Shame and Shamelessness (sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) Submitted by Ben Heller
At that very moment, in the very sort of shitty Stuytown one-bedroom Mitchell-Lama that was, at least, rent-stabilized ... clanging radiators ... the smell of spilled Zima left over from last night ... some kid named Wee-Wee in the apartment downstairs trying to become the Ramones' next drummer ... Sherman McCoy was rifling through the pile of Service Merchandise catalogs and assorted garbage in front of his front door looking for a grocery store shopping bag so he could take the shar pei out ... again. —From Bonfire of the Of Course They're Laminate, It's Only a Rental Vanities (sequel to Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe) Submitted by S Kahn, Brooklyn
Text me ... Ishmael :) —From Mobile Dick (sequel to Moby Dick by Herman Melville) Submitted by Mark Shulman, Author, New York City
The television was left on the from the night before and brown spittle stewed in a collection of plastic cups next to the sofa. The stereo system buzzed with the chatter of radio friendly rap-rock and several of my "brothers" had managed to find a place on the floor to sleep, content in their communal sweat and vomit. It was the beginning of Greek Week and we were destined for glory, love, and regret. —From Bloke House (sequel to Bleak House by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Anonymous
The first shock was receiving an electric bill. —From Invisible Man Visible (sequel to Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison) Submitted by Steven G. Kellman, Professor, San Antonio, TX
Mommy, why did that man just die after he told everyone he was my father? —From Pearl's Story (sequel to The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne) Submitted by Lil' Em