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If you loved books as a kid, you likely loved The House at Pooh Corner , A.A. Milne's 1928 collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh and his pals.

At the book's end, Christopher Robin bids farewell to his animal friends in a symbolic farewell to his childhood. It's a poignant end to a splendid book. "This is an absolutely perfect ending," said Maria Nikolajeva, a Cambridge University education professor who has taught Milne's works for 30 years, "and doing anything beyond this is pointless."

So much for leaving perfection alone. Starting today, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood -- the first authorized sequel to the book in more than 80 years -- goes on sale in stores worldwide.

What next? A Casablanca II movie?

How about a sequel to Wuthering Heights, where Catherine and Heathcliff magically come back to life and run away together? Or maybe Tom Joad can get a nice, steady, white-collar job in a follow-up to The Grapes of Wrath .

The classics shouldn't be tampered with. And The House at Pooh Corner is undeniably a classic. It doesn't require a sequel, just like the Mona Lisa doesn't require a few extra brush strokes.

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/05/09 - 02:34 am
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Oh god, if they make a

Oh god, if they make a Wuthering Heights sequel it needs to be along the lines of "Pride and Prejudice: and Zombies" or "Sense and Sensibility: and Seamonsters"... I can see it now.. "Wuthering Heights: and Werewolves". Seriously though, Emily Bronte SUCKS. This is one of the more bizarre editorials ya'll have thrown out here. I like.

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Riverman1 10/05/09 - 04:38 am
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Hey, there are two sequel

Hey, there are two sequel books to Gone With the Wind, plus a sequel movie.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/05/09 - 06:01 am
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But very few people even know

But very few people even know of them. Don't mess up a good thing with a shoddy sequel.

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WhippingPost 10/05/09 - 06:14 am
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Why the extraordinary effort

Why the extraordinary effort to avoid printing editorials when there are sections of the paper to print these pablum puff pieces? Did the country stop on Saturday?

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dashiel 10/05/09 - 07:29 am
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Welcome to the wonderful

Welcome to the wonderful world of civil discourse, WhippingPost. Some folks just lack the sensibility to appreciate prolonged harp music and streets paved with that tiresome yellow element. And some people actually look forward to it!

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/05/09 - 08:25 am
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While the Winnie the Pooh

While the Winnie the Pooh sequel is obviously of pressing importance, wouldn't the pending VAT be more appropriate for this page?

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MrAlwaysRight 10/05/09 - 08:31 am
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WP: It is very relative to

WP: It is very relative to the events of the day. The American Citizen has judged it's Gov't and decided "No More Poo(h)".

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themaninthemirror 10/05/09 - 08:48 am
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", just like the Mona Lisa

", just like the Mona Lisa doesn't require a few extra brush strokes."---Politically cirrect!

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