Twilight Saga Author Stephenie Meyer Accused of Plagiarism

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

stephinie meyer1 Twilight Saga Author Stephenie Meyer Accused of PlagiarismThe Twilight Saga has become an almost sacred entity for fans of the books and films alike – a cherished series that has inspired an almost rabid level of devotion, as evidenced at this year’s Comic-Con Twilight panel, which fans slept on the street overnight just to witness.

That all said, I can’t imagine the level of outcry there is going to be now that Twilight Saga creator Stephenie Meyer is being accused of plagiarizing scenes of her fourth and final entry in the series, Breaking Dawn.

Here are the facts: Yesterday news gossip website TMZ broke a story claiming that Stephenie Meyer’s publisher, Hachette, had received a cease and desist letter from the lawyers of  a 21-year-old musician/author named Jordan Scott, who claims that scenes of Breaking Dawn bear too many similarities to her own book, The Nocturne, which was supposedly published in 2006 – two years prior to Breaking Dawn. You don’t have to be a math whiz to figure out that Scott would’ve been in the 15-16 age range at the time she allegedly wrote the book.

Now, according to MTV News, Scott isn’t even looking for a payday out of this, per se – she simply wants public acknowledgement that the theft took place and an immediate end to the circulation of the massively popular Breaking Dawn. Yikes.

Naturally Meyer’s lawyers are all over the case, immediately dismissing Scott’s claims as “frivolous” and adding that the girl is simply trying to “ride the coattails” of Meyer’s success. On an amusing note: I haven’t been able to find copies of The Nocturne for sale just about anywhere online (little help?) and reportedly, Scott has been unable to provide copies of the book to either Meyer’s lawyers or Hachette. Must be a real popular title.

Not to be outdone by the big-shots, Scott’s lawyers have put out their own statement regarding the accusation. Said copyright attorney Craig Williams, the man who filed the cease and desist order:

It’s very close and highly unlikely that it’s a coincidence…Jordan has asked that we draft a complaint and a motion for a preliminary injunction [against Meyer's publisher]…We also want to stop them from making it into a movie and profiting from her [Scott's] work…

Wow, so they’re even going after the recently-announced film adaptation of Breaking Dawn. This could get REAL ugly.

Now, in regards to WHAT Meyer is actually accused of stealing: While the plots and characters of the two books are different enough, certain scenes seem to bear some similarities. These scenes include:

  • A post-wedding sex scene
  • A scene about a woman who’s sick because she’s carrying a child with “evil powers”
  • A scene with the death of the main character’s wife

MTV News has even gone so far as to do a side-by-side comparison of the ‘pregnant with demon-child’ scenes:

From Nocturne:

“Her face was so pale, it was frightening; and there were beads of sweat pouring down her forehead. She couldn’t even stand, she was so weak. … She was violently ill, vomiting and scarcely able to catch her breath.”

And from Breaking Dawn:

Most of her dark hair was pulled away from her face into a messy knot, but a few strands stuck limply to her forehead and neck, to the sheen of sweat that covered her skin. There was something about her fingers and wrists that looked so fragile it was scary. She was sick. Very sick.

Wow, two versions of the same vamp/human love-tale and not one word of quality writing between them! Awesome. Either ways this goes, the literary community is still going to be the biggest loser in the end. And really, when you think about it, how “exclusive” is the idea of a woman having complications from an inter-species pregnancy? I could name you five films and/or books off the top of my head that deal with very same issue in a very similar way. IT’S NOT THAT ORIGINAL.

Still, I’m not going to even ATTEMPT to judge whether this accusation has any merit or not. Hugely successful authors almost always have to face down some kind of plagiarism charge by those seeking the limelight themselves – but then again, just as many successful authors have been caught dipping their pens in somebody else’s ink. However, let’s not forget that Stephenie Meyer was already accused of narrative theft earlier this year, but that accusation was ultimately revealed to be a hoax.

For now, we’ll keep an eye on this developing story and let you know how it unfolds. Meanwhile, drown your legal worries in these two New Moon posters featuring your favorite inter-species couple:

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new moon new posters Twilight Saga Author Stephenie Meyer Accused of Plagiarism

new moon poster Twilight Saga Author Stephenie Meyer Accused of Plagiarism

The Twilight Saga‘s second installment, New Moon, hits theaters on November 20, 2009.

The film adaptation of Breaking Dawn is currently aiming for a Fall 2011 release.

Source: TMZ, MTV News, MTV Movie Blog

New Moon Poster Source: E! Online via Bloody-Disgusting

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  1. Twilight’s not the most original thing there is what with the forbidden romance, and vampires thing. So it’s no surprise that a few fingers have gotten pointed at her. But the people who point the fingers have no right to do so because the demon-baby scene thing is the most cliched scene so many people keep using in their work.
    So no-no to the finger pointing. It’s a little thing called originality that so little people have come to know.

  2. I think that Twlight is a piece of vampire crap. All it is another vampire story about a girl loving a vampire and the vampire wanting her blood then protecting her from other vampires then walking from her so she can be safe. I mean, why such an obessiveness from a regualar story. There are plenty other stories to be obessive about such as Pendragon or The Theif Lord or even StarGirl. But no. Since there is a guy who plays Edward who is hot and pleasing to the preppy tennagers eye’s everybody goes crazy. Guess what Twilight? You’re a piece of preppy teenage nothing special about CRAP.

    lOVE,
    MIMOZ :D

    • I DONT AGREE

  3. hi my name is natalie bannan

  4. hi my name is natalie bannan and i am a twilight fan

  5. Honestly, I dislike the Twilight series. Not hate, just dislike. I actually tried reading them, before everyone started freaking out about them. I only ever liked Jacob, and still do. But in the words of my favorite author Stephen King, “Stephanie Meyer cannot write.” Sure, the ideas are pretty good, I just think that they could have been written in a much higher-class fashion.

    Returning to the topic at hand; I can neither find the “Nocturne” book online, nor can I find anyone who’s seen/read it. I, too, think Ms. Scott’s claim is bogus.

  6. Twilight is crap. It promotes male dominance, has one of the most disgusting sexual displays ever that teaches women to cover their injuries from an abusive partner and not tell anyone about them, promotes inter-species relationships… just the tip of the iceberg.

    One of the worst influences I’ve ever read.

  7. Call me what you want, but I find this outrageously funny. Ive never been a fan of Meyer’s work. I found it mildly childish, idiotic and blown WAY out of proportion. Due to the series, the concept of vampires is now cliche and zombies are headed that way too. But if Meyers did steal someones writing, then shes getting whats coming to her.

  8. There is a thin line that differentiates copyright and plagiarism, but copyright is a broader term as compared to plagiarism. You can detect a plagiarized content with the help of duplicate checker tool, but is there any tool that can help detecting copyright infringement in artwork?

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