10 Classic Books That Need Sequels


If we could only choose one book to grant a sequel to in the history of literature, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” would be at the top of the list. Her book told a heartfelt and genuine tale about the loss of innocence at a time of deep racial discrimination and hatred in the rural South. Now it’s been announced that HarperCollins will publish a sequel to Lee’s classic that she wrote in the 1950’s, but never released, called “Go Set A Watchman.”

Just imagine if some  other great authors had a chance to write the sequel that their readers always wanted. We wonder…we wonder…we wonder (insert screen blur here to indicate that we’re entering an imaginary dream world where we can actually see the sequels to some of our favorite books)…

1. “1984” by George Orwell 

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Winston manages to overcome the brainwashing that took away his power to reason and question authority and he launches a revolution to overthrown the all powerful Big Brother. His people are so inspired by his call to action and passion for freedom that they make him the new Big Brother and he inadvertently makes the same mistakes that his predecessor made in his quest for power and glory. When they try to overthrown him, he launches a one-man war that ends in his death as he’s shot from behind on top of his majesty staircase and lands in a pool underneath a glowing, neon sign that reads “The world is yours.”


2. “All the President Men” by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
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Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein thought it was tough taking down a president with a couple of typewriters and the truth. Now they have to take on a zombified Richard Nixon and his army of undead hatchet men. Once again, they have to use the power of their pen to bring down a tyrannical and corrupt monster by stabbing him in the brain with them.


3. “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes

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Some may have thought that the brave faux knight was crazy when he tried to fight windmills but now he’s humanity’s only hope as the mighty windmills turn out to be Decepticons in disguise that are hellbent on destroying the Earth and enslaving humanity. Can Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza defeat Earth’s greatest enemy? Of course not, that’s why the Autobots are helping him.


4.”Moby Dick” by Herman Melville

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Ishamel, the only survivor of the Pequod, decides to exact his revenge on the great White Whale by capturing and taming the mighty Kraken. The two get into a massive sea battle featuring cameo appearances by Godzilla, King Kong, the thing from “Cloverfield” and that new, crossbred dinosaur from “Jurassic World.”


5. “MacBeth” by William Shakespeare

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Anyone who can read Shakespeare’s works without suffering a massive migraine will tell you that “MacBeth” is an enthralling, dark story about poetic justice and bloody revenge. So what if MacBeth just wakes up and realizes the entire story was just a virtual reality experience that he witnessed through a time traveling device called the Artemis that let him experience his ancestry? Would he make the same mistakes all over again or would he let bygones be bygones and just throw an epic mead party for his friends and enemies?


6. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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We realize that it would be very difficult to do a sequel to this beloved classic since the titular character died at the end of the first novel. What if, however, Nick could bring him back by building an animatronic replacement that could not only replicate the original Gatsby’s charm but could also fly around the world using the boosters in his feet and fire bolts of concentrated electricity out of his hands? Thanks to Gatsby’s vast fortune, he will.


7. “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri

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Dante’s poetic journey through the afterlife has inspired just about every writer who ever lived but what would happen if he visited the undiscovered planet Kolob and did battle with the mighty dictator Xenu? Well, chances are that a lot of people would get sued and those who lived in Los Angeles would also lose their access to electricity and running water but it would still be an epic story.


8. “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka

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The tragic tale of one man’s struggle when he wakes up and discovers he’s turned into a horrifying, giant bug may have ended on a down note but it’s far from the worst part of the story. Now that the rest of the bugs have lost the one creature that could help them achieve equality in a human dominating world have decided to rise up against the “meat mammals” to take back the Earth that belonged to them long before evolution put them on the bottom of the food chain.


9. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

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It’s true that authors and Hollywood has given the Frankenstein monster the sequel treatment ever since the great Lon Chaney turned the misunderstood creature into one of the greatest horror movies of all time. However, none of them have really attempted to creature a sequel that the original author might have tried to write and we think we’ve come up with an idea that Mary Shelley would easily approve: Frankenstein meets Andre the Giant.


10. “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett

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Vladimir and Estragon finally get to meet the great Godot and they go on an epic quest to stuff themselves with White Castle hamburgers.

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