THE COMEDY COLUMN: Sequels to your favorite A.P. English books

By BROTI GUPTA ’16

Staff Columnist

Did you love the classic literary novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Though most people think this was Harper Lee’s one-hit wonder, real fans know that she wrote a brilliant instructional manual for exterminators: “To Kill Many Mockingbirds That Are Becoming Nuisances.” This book explains why you never hear about mockingbird infestations anymore.

“Pride and Prejudice Part 2: Shame and Acceptance” follows the life of Mr. Darcy Jr. as he decides to pursue an anachronistic career in rapping, and falls in love with Elizabeth Bonnet, the second wealthiest woman in England (after JK Rowling). You’ll spend most of the novel wondering what time period the story takes place in, but this will distract you from the bad writing, so it’s almost a win-win.

If you loved “Life of Pi” as much as I did, you’ll understand the one complaint most fans have—there wasn’t enough of it. The sequel, “The Secret Life of Pi,” is a great mash-up of “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Life of Pi.” What happens when Pi finds himself and his tiger in the American South? If you think this combination wouldn’t work, you’re wrong.

Remember “Grapes of Wrath”? That book you pretended to look up on SparkNotes but then just asked your friend about right before class? Prepare to also ignore the sequel, “Grapes of Apathy”—it’s pretty much a rewrite of the first novel, but with a little less feeling.

You might have enjoyed the 1920s classic “The Great Gatsby,” but probably not as much as you’ll enjoy its sequel, “The Greater Gatsby.” Jay Gatsby returns, but will he be able to win Daisy back again? Spoiler: Yes, he will. He’s greater than he was in the first one, so this sort of makes sense.

“1985”—the sequel to “1984.”

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