‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Is Being Sued For Plagiarism?

August 7, 2009
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A lesser-known writer has sued ‘Twilight’ author Stephenie Meyer for alleged plagiarism. Find out why, and see photos and video here.

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A woman named Jordan Scott is hoping to cease production of Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final movie in the Twilight series. Scott claims that Stephenie Meyer plagiarized Breaking Dawn by lifting parts of her 2006 book, The Nocturne.

Scott’s attorneys sent a cease and desist letter to the publishing company responsible for the ‘Twilight’ series, Hachette Book Group, asserting that the book should no longer be printed and distributed.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, the supposed similarities between Breaking Dawn and The Nocturne are:

1) Both books contain a post-wedding sex scene
2) Both books contain a scene about a woman who’s sick because she’s carrying a child with “evil powers”
3) Both books contain a scene with the death of the main character’s wife

Even though many novels could have such qualities, the letter even provided sentences from both books to compare. Below I’ve listed a sentence from each story, written to describe the moment after a steamy encounter between the main characters.

From The Nocturne:

“There was silence. It could have been no more perfect.”

And from Breaking Dawn:

“The moment was so perfect, there was no way to doubt it.”

After learning that Meyer was being sued, representatives at Hachette brushed off the claims, saying that she hadn’t even heard of Jordan Scott or The Nocturne until after the allegations were made. They also pointed out that they have yet to receive a copy of Scott’s book to explore the accusations.

A spokesman for Hachette stood by the ‘Twilight’ author, and hinted that Scott may simply be trying to get a piece of the multimillion-dollar pie:

“The world of the Twilight Saga and the stories within it are entirely the creation of Ms. Meyer. Her books have been a phenomenal sensation, and perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that other people may seek to ride the coattails of such success.”

What do you think, did the author of ‘Twilight’ really pilfer parts of The Nocturne? Does she deserve to be sued?
Let us hear your opinion in the comments section below.

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30 Responses to “‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Is Being Sued For Plagiarism?”

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    christina Says:

    has any one look at the copyright on these two books it would solve the hole pob becuse stephenie had it copyrighted in 2003 as forever dawn and the other was not until 2006

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    Staci Says:

    Christina: If it were that simple… then you wouldn’t have even heard of the attempted lawsuit. Twilight’s copyright date was 2005 and that was the first book. Stephenie Meyer wrote Forever Dawn after Twilight.

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    Karen Says:

    I think it is just simply that Scott thinks by making the accusation it will gain her publicity for herself and her own book. She probably is upset that her book was not a success like Meyers and is starting to be obsessed with the fact that Meyers book has done so well and hers has not.

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    christy Says:

    Anyone could have written those lines. Only the people involved know what is right. There has been and will continue to be people who want a piece of whatever pie can bring them fame, etc.

    The accuser should work on getting his/her name known on merit, not the fruits of others

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    Becca Says:

    I so don’t care about The nocturne. I love The Twilight Saga, but after watching True Blood, I started to think that there’s too many similarities between both of the series. Just that twilight is made for teenagers and true blood, or actually the Southern Vampires series, is for a more grown up public. The lead male vampire is sweet and almost perfect, the mind reading thing, the little town, even the shape-shifter! dont know, its fishy for me… but i don’t care, i love both series…

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    Amanda Says:

    Vampires and Love stories… there are rules to both, so of course there are going to be similarities. This Jordan Scott lady should calm down and back off. Stephenie is blessed with an amazing talent to tell a good love story, just so happens it has vampires. If she were to go too far off the track to make up her own idea of vampires, then they wouldn’t be vampires. I think Jordan is a little green, definitely riding the coattails.

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    Amy Says:

    I hope no one looks up ‘The Nocturne’ or it’s author. We need to give people like as little of what they want as possible. I, for one, will not be readign it or anything by her. Fame & fortune bring poeple out from the woodworks and until it’s proven in court we should all support what we feel in just & right.

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    Malindsey Says:

    Ok like many of you have said no has heard of this other lady…??? I mean what love story with vampires and humans in it is not going to have a simaliar story line? I think she just targeted the right group!!! I mean who did not fall in love with Edward while reading the books? I totally want my hubby to be like him!!! Ms.Scott should cool it just because her book didnt make it doest mean that her plot was stolen!

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    Kim Says:

    I write short stories as a hobby, and having read many others on the internet, I’m always struck by how many similarities there are between what I’ve written and others have written. There only so many ideas out there and only so many ways they can be presented. Give me an example of a modern story that ISN’T a rehashing of something that came before it or is so original that no one has even remotely come up with the something very like it.

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    Kate Says:

    There are probably about fifty novels out there those three bullet points could describe. There are a lot of books in the world that next to no one has read. This lady just wants her fifteen minutes of fame, and probably sees it as a chance to draw attention to her own book whether she loses this lawsuit or not. So for those who still value an ounce of integrity in the world, I would suggest not giving her what she wants, and not bothering to look up her book to compare it. I hope Meyer counter-sues for defamation.

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