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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)
Slovenly, pumped Buck Mulligan came from the Stairmaster lathered in sweat, looked in the mirror, and cursed. —From Useless (sequel to Ulysses by James Joyce) Submitted by Peter Mayer, Fiction Writer, New York City
Scout asked nervously, biting her lip, "Uh, Judge, could I have another look at that guy?" —From That Mockingbird Thing—Oopsie (sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee) Submitted by John DiCocco, Belmont, MA
Little did he know that the HIV virus, which had not tainted mortal blood in antiquity, would now infect the undead and change them in ways he could never have imagined. —From The Vampire's Brave New World (sequel to Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice) Submitted by Sandy Lovell, Attorney, New Jersey
In my younger and more mentally competent years my father gave me some advice but I'll be damned if I can remember what it was. —From Gatsby Wasn't So Great (sequel to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald) Submitted by Peter Mayer, Fiction Writer, New York City
"Charlie Black" Anne said. "You would like to say a few words about me." "Yes" Charlie said. Anne died from a serious heart attack. —From After Green Gables (sequel to Anne of Green Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery) Submitted by Michael Bishop, Jr.
She lay on the golden, sand-encrusted floor of the desert, her chin resting on the M-16, and high overhead she listened to the drone of the B-1s flying over the dunes. —From For Whom the Bell Tolls 2009 (sequel to For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway) Submitted by Jean Burke