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 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. 1- The main character is BELLA, not Edward in Breaking Dawn so the “main character’s wife” isnt the one dying.

    2- Your right. None of it is original but the Twilight Saga IS very good. I say this as a 36 yo avid reader.

    3- I personally had a post wedding sex scene, followed by 3 pregnancies in which I desperately wanted to die during the course of birthing them. Does that make ME in violation of her book too? This obscure piece that I can’t find no matter how deep I drill down into google.

    I’m sure in between writing the 4 books of the Twilight Saga & The Host, and all of her book signings & other activities, that Stephenie Meyer had time to go looking for that needle in the net stack. I think that girl should think that great minds think alike and get over herself. Obviously, she is not Stephenie Meyer.

  2. A post wedding sex scene! I’ve never heard of such a thing! The originality is impossible!

    Who cares anyway, Twilight isn’t very good, not rubbish, but unremearkbale teen scribbles for kids to squee at, it just so happened it got big. Sometimes it happens, kind of like how some people get struck by lightning.

  3. EnglishGavz,

    LOL, I have to agree w/ you on that one…Twilight is just an anomaly.

  4. I despise all, and everything about this ridiculous series, but that passage, while similar, anything you can read in any trashy romance rag. This case is a waste of the court’s time and taxpayer money. I wonder what would happen if these so-called “authors” who claim their works are plagiarized had to reimburse the courts and taxpayers when their lawsuits are found to be frivolous.

    Then again, I am not surprised that a 15 year old girl is capable of writing the same dreck that is in Twilight.

  5. What amuses me most about people’s derision of Twilight is the accusations of poor writing. First person POV is terribly hard to maintain consistency of character. It’s very hard to remain engaging when you only have one point of view, which is a chief reason that many teachers will advise newbies to stay away from it. In my opinion Meyer did a good job at retaining her characters’ integrity (technically speaking, mind). It’s hard to judge that off of one paragraph. I mean, she’s no Tolstoy (!), but she’s alot more than the latest cool-to-hate person.

  6. this is bs , meyer can clearly write alot better, scotts book looks like an essay she wrote in 6th grade…

  7. Well ,well if she wrote this when she was 15 its probably more like something she wrote in her sophmore or junior year in high school !

  8. i have never read this books, but from the information here the lawsuit seems to have nothing to go on. the “similarities” in ther bulleted list are all very broad concepts, and the two passages seem to be about the same thing, but none of the writing seems “stolen” in any way…

  9. I can see it now,,,
    ^
    Today in the news, fans of the film saga “Twilight” have lined up around the courthouse in support of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. According to one fan who had been camped out for 3 days, “Stephenie would never do anything illegal!” as thousands of screaming fans cheered on in support. In a related story Jordan Scott is hiding in Protective custody until a verdict is reached,,, violent fans of Twilight have expressed threats against the 22 year old plaintiff.

    Shades of Simon Rushdi,,,, ha ha ha!
    Back to you,,, Stan.
    And now the weather,,,

  10. I managed to get a hundred pages into Twilight before I hurled it across the room.

    It was an exercise in pure willpower. I don’t know if I succeeded or failed, but I lean toward “succeeded.”

  11. 790,

    LMAO…it will like that situation w/ Michael Jackson where all the fans were waiting outside the court house holding up banners.

  12. I don’t think it’s that the scenes themselves being there are similar; more that they are similar in the way they’ve been written. Much like the two excerpts they have for comparison.

  13. @Katie, (on a serious point), I do think this is a bs claim and it will be exposed as a frivolous lawsuit.
    There’s just too many similar vampire stories out these days. I don’t think Scott has a case.

  14. I could probably also name passages from a dozen other books that look exactly like that listed, and their all written a hundred times better than that drivel.

    If you want to see something sad, go to the young adult section at Borders Books and count the number of teen vampire romance novels that are on the shelves. The Twilight Saga is truly an anomaly.

  15. Oops, I meant they’re.

  16. What’s really sad is that so many of the kids who read them refuse to read anything better. Some throw screaming fits if you suggest there might even BE anything better.

  17. Yeah well, she also stole parts of her 2nd book from a book I wrote and had published 17 years ago (that’s right, I was 6 at the time, what of it?). And I have just as much “proof” as that guy up there.

    I mean really, I’m all for Stephanie Myers being knocked down a peg or two, but the same thing happened to JK Rowling a few years back. Why? Likely because they’re both successful… hugely successful. Throw enough success at someone and a scandal is only round the corner, whether it be true or not.

    At least the JK Rowling one had a little bit of merit to it.

  18. I read the series and enjoyed it, but the story takes a great deal from the Sookie Stackhouse (AKA True Blood) books at least from what I have seen in True Blood so far. So while Twilight is enjoyable, it is hardly original. I am surprised that she has not been sued by the Sookie Stackhouse author…

  19. This reminds me of that whole Mother of the Matrix debaucle. Honestly, I hate Twilight. Obviously Ms. Scott does too. That’s the only reason she’d attempt to get the book pulled from shelves and the movie never made, rather than just demand a ton of money.

  20. What a shame. When ever someone does something notably well, someone has has to knock it or try to get a piece of it. Twilight ( and it’s series) may not be the “best” written ever but it caught the attention of millions of teenagers and adults alike.
    To bad instead of being upset that your kids are reading these books you can’t be excited that they are reading at all!

  21. PS Did any of you bother to read Stephanie’s bio? She never thought she would be here today. Never set out to be a best selling author.
    Give credit when crdit is due.

  22. Reluctantly I agree with some of your points Reader. ;-)

  23. She definitely gets credit from me! Those who hate it haven’t opened their minds up enough to embrace the story. How sad for them.

  24. Twilight fans the cast of Twilight will be on the FOX Teen Choice awards tomarrow night. I’m not sure what time the show starts in all markets but they will be on late in the second hour.
    They’re acceptance is something to see its pretty awkward.

  25. hi i am savas and i want to speak with stephenie meyer if someone know how plz tell me

  26. Hey, I remember writing a story about an intergalactic organization of planets devoted to exploring the galaxy with an over-sexed captain and a half-human half-alien first officer when I was about 3 years old. Can I put Johnny Cochran’s remains on that Genesis planet to rejuvenate him? 8-O

  27. meyer is bad at storytelling, but she has “heart” that’s why her books sells. It isnt plagiarism, its a coincidence. Imagination is universal.

  28. I cant believe Stephenie could ever do that. Even tho this “Scott” person says it is not for the money, i think it is

  29. Yea, the complicated pregnancy scene, its just ridiculous to assume its one person’s work. If anyone has seen a REGULAR birthing process, they’ve pretty much all got the scene down to a tee. I’ve seen other books suprisingly similar to the Nocturne book that were made YEARS before she was even BORN!! Who does she think she is saying its HER work? She should be charged for the same thing from authors in the past. I think she needs to step down and look in the mirror before she starts pointing fingers.

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