* DaveBarry's two novels ''Literature/BigTrouble'' and ''Literature/TrickyBusiness''.
* Creator/JohnChristopher's ''Literature/TheTripods'' trilogy is, as the name suggests, a SpiritualSuccessor to H.G. Wells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
* [[Creator/JoeHaldeman Joe Haldeman's]] ''Literature/ForeverPeace'' is, as the name implies, a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' despite taking place in a very different setting and, indeed, having very different basic assumptions about the setting. It reads as a more "mature" attempt to understand war by probing questions about the inevitable results of technological advances in warfare in the future that ''The Forever War'' glossed over so that its sci-fi war could be a clearer parallel to Vietnam.
* Creator/LewisCarroll's epic nonsense poem "The Hunting of the Snark" is a SpiritualSuccessor to the ''Alice'' stories, and includes a number of references to "Jabberwocky."
* Donald Kingsbury's ''Psychohistorical Crisis'' is a SpiritualSuccessor to Creator/IsaacAsimov's '{{Foundation}}' series.
* Frank Herbert wrote four short stories, published later as "The Godmakers", they shared theme and concepts with his masterpiece ''Literature/{{Dune}}''.
* DavidEddings various works were ''made'' of this, being all HighFantasy epics told from a slightly different slant. ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' was a basic coming-of-age story; ''TheElenium'' followed a loosely similar plot but was DarkerAndEdgier with a world-weary adult hero; ''TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'' was largely the story of that universe's [[EccentricMentor Belgarath-equivalent]]; and ''Literature/TheDreamers'' was the most out-there, being told from the perspective of [[PhysicalGod the gods]].
* ''The Divine Invasion'' by PhilipKDick is a Spiritual Successor to his earlier novel ''Literature/{{VALIS}}'': Valis appears in both books, the [[ShowWithinAShow fictional film]] "Valis" exists in both, and they have similar Gnostic themes, but ''The Divine Invasion'' is not, strictly speaking, a sequel. A third novel ''The Owl in Daylight'' was going to be written by PKD as another Spiritual Successor to round out the "Valis trilogy", but [[AuthorExistenceFailure he died before writing it]].
** The relationship between ''VALIS'' and its earlier version ''Radio Free Albemuth'' is actually a much more typical example of the trope, as they heavily overlap in themes but are emphatically ''not'' part of the same [[TheVerse Verse]]. Or they would have been if PKD hadn't left ''Radio Free Albemuth'' unpublished during his lifetime, so that it came out about five years after ''VALIS''.
* In the extras to the DVD of Dreamcatcher, Stephen King notes that the book (and subsequent film) can be seen as a Spiritual Successor to The Body/Stand By Me.
* Mary Schmich's essay [[http://plodplod.blogspot.com/2006/07/advice-like-youth-probably-just-wasted.html "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young"]] [[CoveredUp (better known From Baz Lurhman's "Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen")]] is considered by many to be a SpiritualSuccessor to Max Ehrmann's 1927 poem "Desiderata".
* Lois Lowry's book ''Gathering Blue'' is a "companion novel" to ''TheGiver''; it's another postapocalyptic novel which may be in the same universe, but shows a society that has gone the opposite direction.
** ''Messenger'' is similar. It has a number of the same characters (Mattie, Kira, Jonas, [[spoiler:Kira's father]], etc) and Jonas at one point alludes to his previous village and how the people there made peace with him after he left, but most of the plot focuses on the corruption of the new society that Jonas has built.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain'' is a... complicated example. The name indicates that it is an actual sequel (which would disqualify it), but as it turns out it is essentially a ''remake'': taking the basic concept of Film/FantasticVoyage (miniaturization technology as a potentially crucial part in the Cold War and an attempt to use it to save the life or knowledge of someone who has made a critical breakthrough but failed to communicate it before falling into a coma), and then writing his own story around it, free of the constraints he was acting under when he wrote the novelization to the movie and able to update the science to 1980s standards.
* ''Literature/{{Glamorama}}'' is a SpiritualSuccessor in many ways to ''Literature/AmericanPsycho''. While BretEastonEllis has been accused of writing about the same subjects(shallow, drug addled rich people) over and over again, and frequently using over the top violence to satirize mindless consumerism, Glamorama has a very similar surreal style comparable to American Psycho that his other books don't have since they're more grounded in reality.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has many similarities to ''TheBookOfTheNamed'' - so much that people were claiming that the Ratha series copied Warriors, until it was pointed out to them that ''Ratha's Creature'' was written in the 1980s and ''Into the Wild'' came out in 2003.
** People were also drawing similarities to ''{{Felidae}}'' and ''TailchasersSong''.
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell intended Literature/NineteenEightyFour to be this to {{We}}.
** ''Nineteen Eighty-Four'' is arguably this to Sinclair Lewis' ''ItCantHappenHere'', published fifteen years earlier. Both novels depict a formerly democratic western nation that succumbed to totalitarianism. The protagonists of both novels chafe under totalitarian rule and rebel through the written word. Both men find solace in secret romantic relationships with women who are both their soulmates and co-conspirators; Winston falls in love with Julia while Doremus has a secret affair with Lorinda. Finally, both protagonists find themselves incarcerated and tortured for their rebellion against the state.
* ''Heartlight'' by T.A. Barron is so similar in both style and themes to ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' that Madeleine L'Engle herself has given the novel praise.
* Jane Gaskell's ''Literature/{{Atlan}}'' series probably marks the last incarnation of "elder Earth" fantasies of the Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith / HPLovecraft variety ''and'' the jungle adventure fiction of Rider Haggard and EdgarRiceBurroughs.
* InfinityRing is a SpiritualSuccessor to The39Clues as both are historical fiction books and web games for kids.
* Creator/JackLondon's ''Literature/WhiteFang'' is the spiritual successor to his ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild''. Both are {{xenofiction}}al stories about dogs on the edge of civilization, one about a wild dog being tamed and the other about a domestic dog going feral. They're generally even published together in a single volume, as if the former were an ''actual'' sequel.
* The urban fantasy novel ''Literature/TheVu'' is a SpinOff and a SpiritualSuccessor to ''TrintonChronicles'' having some influence over it's creation and sharing three characters and some cross over in-jokes with the story.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is definitely this to ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''; despite having very different plots, both are series that heavily utilize magic, follow strong children who save their world, and provide an allegory that is well-written enough to appeal not only to its young target audience, but to spark the interest of adult readers as well.
** More so to "Literature/LordOfTheRings". One of the horcruxes is even a ring!
* ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'' is this to Anthony Horowitz's unfinished ''Pentagram'' series from the 1980s.
* ''Literature/KillingPablo'' is a rare nonfiction example. Written by Mark Bowden and featuring the exploits of General Bill Garrison, it reads much as a sequel to ''Literature/BlackHawkDown.''
* John Varley's ''[[EightWorlds The Golden Globe]]'' is a combination homage and spiritual successor to Robert A. Heinlein's ''DoubleStar''. The protagonist in both is a highly skilled and intelligent but down on his luck actor who used to be famous, and now lives partly on the wrong side of the law while still being obsessed with his craft (something drilled into him by his father). The characterizations and habits are essentially the same, and they also deliberately share a similar first person narrative style, from the perspective of the character writing out his experiences after the fact.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series is receiving one in the ''Magical Animal Friends'' series, written by the same author. This series revolves around Jess and Lily, who enter the mysterious Friendship Forest and rescue animals from the wicked witch Grizelda and her Boggit servants.
* A case can be made that Lew Wallace's popular and acclaimed novel ''Literature/{{Ben-Hur}}'' serves as this to Alexandre Dumas' ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''. Wallace had cited it as one of his favorite stories and as an influence on his own work. It is visible in the parallels between the stories of Edmond Dantes and Judah Ben-Hur. Both are good well to do men who are eventually betrayed and wrongfully have their lives stripped away from them and are imprisoned in one way or another. Both however manage to eventually "rise from the ashes" so to speak an attain their freedom and go on a mission for justice/revenge.
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