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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)
I am not a sick man after all and there is nothing wrong with my liver; I have a condition known as depression for which my doctor has given me some pills and put an end to my suffering. —From Notes from Above Ground (sequel to Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky) Submitted by Debra Ginsberg, San Diego
Once upon a time, and there were better times, there was a Mister Softee coming down along the road and this Mister Softee that was coming down along the road met a hungry little boy named Bobby Tucker. ... —From A Portrait of the Hunger Artist As a Young Man (sequel to A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce) Submitted by Peter Mayer, Fiction Writer, New York City
They thought it would be "Happily Ever After." —From Cinderella II: The Reckoning (sequel to Cinderella by Traditional) Submitted by Anonymous
No and I said no meaning no with all my heart no when his wretched hands slithered across me like the warty toad found lurking in the fetid crease between the wall and the pavement moist from the continual damp and shade yet never able to sustain the merest hint of life let alone the delicacy of mountain flower or honest moss, and I asked myself how I ever once found something in the stumbling balding feckless—and what was that thing he carried round in his pocket all those years?—vision of man that I could ever attach sentiment or feeling or, my god yes, now that I recall the first time, yes passion, how could it ever have changed from that moment of pure vibrant spirit fused with feral perfume to this crabby dessicated scourge of an embrace in which he no longer knows how to touch me and I cannot even summon the will to be repulsed by him, no, no, please, no. —From Ulysses Returns (sequel to Ulysses by James Joyce) Submitted by Anonymous
They’d never believed in my invisible friend, every night when I’d said, “Goodnight nobody”—but now they believed. —From Goodnight Moon: The Believers (sequel to Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown) Submitted by Amy Zarndt
Dr Benway, sweating slightly in the afternoon vapors, leaned into his medical bag, removed a much-used, slightly rusty forceps, dipped the instrument into the bag of heroin, just brought over the Himalayas by his trusty Mugwump castrato, Bogdacious, held the powder beneath his bulbous nose, smiled at his companion and said, "Here's looking at you, kid." —From Naked Afternoon Tea (sequel to Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs) Submitted by Steve Adelson