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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)
Reader, I divorced him. —From Just Jane! (sequel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte) Submitted by Diana Franco, Publicist, New York, NY
"So," asked Dr. Spielvogel to Alexander Portnoy. "Nu?" —From Portnoy's Lament (sequel to Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth) Submitted by Evan Charkes, New York
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
Love means apologizing when you made a mistake. —From Love Story: Part 2 (sequel to Love Story by Erich Segal) Submitted by Elizabeth Schwebel-Wind
When the power surge wiped his hard drive, destroying the only copy of his manuscript, Bastian Balthazar Bux rued the fact that he had neglected to back it up. —From The Prematurely Ended Story (sequel to The Neverending Story by Michael Ende) Submitted by Caitlin Fawcett
Dorothy surveyed her closet and, glancing at the ruby slippers, began her diary entry with “Every girl should own more than one good pair of shoes. ...” —From Dorothy Gale’s How to Find a Real Man (sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum) Submitted by Geri DiTella, Marketing Coordinator, Philadelphia