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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)
Another I Sing, a loftier entity, Yet utter the word Aristocracy, the word Elite. —From Lawnmower (sequel to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman) Submitted by Andrew Johnson, Bookseller
My sister was off making passionate love to my husband while I was dying of intestinal rot—a rot that festered and stunk and brought the house down in flames, from which I narrowly escaped toward a life devoid of food. —From Like Water for Chocolate: Rosaura, a novel in monthly installments with recipes for food-free living (sequel to Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel) Submitted by Gabriella Page-Fort
A tittering comes across the sky. —From Levity's Rainbow (sequel to Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon) Submitted by Iris Bass, The Berkshires, MA
Enter Horatio, on the road leaving Elsinore. Horatio: Worst. Day. EVER. —From Hamlet 2: The Posttraumatic Stress of Horatio (sequel to Hamlet by William Shakespeare) Submitted by Kendra Levin
Giving up carbs really helped me focus my thoughts. —From Swann's Way II: The Atkins Approach (sequel to Swann's Way by Marcel Proust) Submitted by Janet Saines
Atticus Finch was my father. —From My Name Is Scout (sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) Submitted by Barbara Alcedo, New York City