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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)
It's summer now and I'm going back to visit Papa; don't worry about me, I'm not smoking dope. —From The Shanty Revisited (sequel to The Shack by William P. Young) Submitted by Carmel Westerman, Southwest United States
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and husband, seemed to unite all of the horrors of a too prudent marriage in her single person; and had lived nearly all of her days since her twenty-first year with nothing but distress and vexation. —From Emma Knightley (sequel to Emma by Jane Austen) Submitted by Mary Pagones, Writer, New Jersey
I had delivered my 45-caliber verdict, but even before the sharp stink of cordite faded from the air, I realized that the appeal process would make for some lonely nights. —From One Lonely Juror (sequel to I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane) Submitted by James Westbrooks
Once again The Cat lied because he has new things, new thoughts —From The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Again! (sequel to The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss) Submitted by John Michael Bishop, Jr.
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, while basking in the glow of a successful conclusion to the mystery at Baskerville Hall, was nonetheless hounded by a nagging thought: "Watson, what if the bitch had littered?" —From The Puppy of the Baskervilles (sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) Submitted by Michael Cook
Once upon a time and a very bad time it was there was a nurseoo coming down along the hall and this nurseoo that was coming down along the hall met a nicens little old man named stephen doodoo ... —From A Portrait of the Artist As an Old Man (sequel to A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce) Submitted by Susan Schoer