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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)
The Magic Tree House is sold at auction after its owners grow up and face foreclosure. —From The Magic Fixer-Upper (sequel to The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne) Submitted by Marilyn Peake, Author
Aujourd'hui, mama est ivre morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas. Today mama is dead drunk. Or perhaps yesterday, I don't know. —From L'observateur / The Observer (sequel to L'étranger / The Stranger by Albert Camus) Submitted by Susan Schoer
This is still my favourite book. And nope, I still haven't read a single word. By this time, I'm sure you're wondering whether or not I'm capable of reading. And you'd be right to wonder. Inigo often wondered the same thing about Fezzik ... —From The Princess Wife (sequel to The Princess Bride by William Goldman) Submitted by Jamieson Wolf
Date: May 15, 2009. Weight: 155 pounds. Alcohol: bottle of Chardonnay. Smokes: ten. Well, here I am. Married to Mark Darcy—the man of my dreams, whatever that bloody means. The man is never home, always at the office working his arse off. But what about me? I'm stuck cleaning this sodding flat, doing the washing up, cooking dinner, taking the kids to school. Does he ever ask me what I want to do? Of course not. And now I've gotten fat from having the children and he never buys me flowers anymore. ... —From Bridget Jones 3: Why Did I Want to Get Married So Badly? (sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding) Submitted by Alison Callahan, New York
It was a so-so time. It was a not-too-bad time. —From More Realistic Expectations (sequel to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Robert Loy, Charleston, SC
Santiago punched the mako shark in the nose, but twelve hammerheads were already on their way. ... —From The Old Man and the Sea: Shark Week Edition (sequel to The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway) Submitted by Halli Melnitsky