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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)
Ennis Del Mar finally decided to let go of the two shirts hanging in his closet when suddenly, outside his trailer, Marty McFly had landed in a gust of dust from the year 2050. —From Brokeback to the Future (sequel to Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx) Submitted by Martin Masadao, Makati, Philippines
As that poet-chappie Shakespeare might have said, "Something is rotten in the state of Mayfair," and I don't mind telling you that the nose of B. Wooster was being held pretty high as the foul fiend Jeeves, a festering lily who'd been siphoning my spondulicks, shimmered out of my rooms for the last time. —From Take That, Jeeves! (sequel to Carry On/Very Good/Thank You/Right Ho/Much Obliged, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse) Submitted by Alexandra Mullen, Norwalk, CT
It turned out not to be the worst of times at all; they got so much worse later. —From A Tale of Three Cities (sequel to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Clive Priddle
"So, you’re telling me your tattoos predict the future?" the psychoanalyst asked, refusing to look up, scrawling in his notebook. —From The Illustrated Man in Therapy (sequel to The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury) Submitted by Marilyn Peake, Author
Slovenly, pumped Buck Mulligan came from the Stairmaster, wearing a towel, lathered in sweat, gazed in a mirror and cursed. —From Ulysses: A Second Odyssey (sequel to Ulysses by James Joyce) Submitted by Peter Mayer, Fiction Writer, New York City
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