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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)
My father had a small Estate in Connecticut; I was the eldest of his Sons, so he sent me to study at Phillips Andover Academy, a bastion of the privileged, and thence to Yale in New Haven, where I availed myself not of my Studies: But the Charge mounted on me (as I had a very scanty Allowance) and I graduated that institution only by narrow Fortune near the bottom of my class; I was bound to study Law at University in Texas, but was denied my rightful place by virtue of a foolish consistency on the part of that institution’s authorities regarding my shameful Scholastic Performance; whence I went down to my Father; where, by the Assistance of him and some other Relations, I was able to gain a position surmounting that of other young men seeking to avoid the vagaries and dangers of a Foreign Entanglement by indenturing My Person to the Home Guard, though in truth I shirked even that small duty in disregard of my feigned Patriotism; from thence through the ineffable persuasions of Money and Privilege, I got Funds, and a Promise of more to maintain me at Harvard, that institution being more favorably inclined toward disadvantaged youths of my Station: There I studied Commerce, my Father now and then sending me small Sums of Money, I laid them out in learning Circumvention, and other parts of the Machinations, useful to those who intend to travel the Free Markets and avoid the Authorities, as I always believed it would be some time or other my Fortune to do. —From Gullible's Travails (sequel to Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift) Submitted by Tom Cordle
Al Gore was the first person with expert knowledge to predict an end to the history of man; so long as none of the necessary changes are made, his prediction will inconveniently remain in force. —From The End of the Family, Private Property, and the State (sequel to The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State by Frederick Engels) Submitted by Andrew Johnson, Bookseller
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an author who has had her most famous book dreadfully reduced by the addition of zombies to the plot, will want to effect her own revenge in the form of a lawsuit, or, failing that, a blockbuster sequel: Pride and Prejudice and Aliens. —From Jane Austen Strikes Back: The Voice of the Undead Author (sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) Submitted by Patrice Fitzgerald, Writer, Stratford, CT
I knew I had seen her face years ago, as if in a dream, a cherub I once loved, but this nubile was not Lolita; it was her daughter. —From Run, Lolita, Run (sequel to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov) Submitted by Antonio Fasciano, New York
Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. —From Kwanza Tunes (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Eric Green
That afternoon, as he faced the dodgeball firing squad, fourth-grader Aureliano Buendia (who tried and failed to get everyone to call him Lee) remembered the morning when their teacher Mrs. Jacobs took them on a field trip to the planetarium, and he discovered astronaut ice cream, and the stars. —From One Hundred Years Later, Solitude in School (sequel to One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez) Submitted by Jenny Doster, New York City