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'Twilight' Author Accused of Biting Vampire Story

8/4/2009 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Spoiler Alert! If you haven't read the fourth "Twilight" book -- and plan to -- this story is going to ruin your life forever. You sure wanna go on? Here we go...

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Turns out Stephenie Meyer, the woman behind the Twilight series, isn't the only person to write about sexy vampires -- 'cause she's being accused of ripping off the storyline for her fourth ultra-successful book by a less famous, less rich author.

A woman named Jordan Scott fired off a cease and desist letter to the publisher of "Breaking Dawn" -- the fourth book in the series -- claiming the Twilight tale contains a "striking and substantial similarity" to Scott's book, "The Nocturne."

In her extremely detailed letter, Scott claims her book was published in 2006 -- two years before "Breaking Dawn" -- and it's no coincidence that many of the scenes are almost identical. Such as...

-- Both books contain a post-wedding sex scene
-- Both books contain a scene about a woman who's sick because she's carrying a child with "evil powers"
-- Both books contain a scene with the death of the main character's wife

And according to Scott, the dialogue in all of these scenes -- and more -- is extremely similar.

But Meyer's rep is calling BS -- telling TMZ, "The claim that 'Breaking Dawn' by Stephenie Meyer somehow infringes on an alleged book by someone named Jordan Scott is completely without merit. Neither Stephenie Meyer nor her representatives had any knowledge of this writer or her supposed book prior to this claim."

So, the million dollar question ...

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61.

Roxas    

Technically Stephenie wrote MOST of breaking dawn right after Twilight in her follow up book forever dawn that she said was never going to be published at that point. And then her publishers said that there needed to be 2 books in between Twilight and The Forever Dawn Idea... Also are you people insane? Twilight is like nothing like the Sookie Stackhouse books, and yes i have read both.. And yes there are some similarities With twilight and The Vampire Diaries but barely..

1877 days ago
62.

Secret    

The entire Twilight series is derivative dribble and this woman suing Meyers if she has those scenes in her book is also writing derivative dribble I'd venture. Hacks have been spewing out books like this for years and will now continue to for years to come. This chick won't win.

1877 days ago
63.

mw    

Bad fiction is all the same--same tropes, same dialogue, same, same, same. Good literature is always unique. Poor Jordan Scott's just mad that Stephenie Meyer's raking in the moola while her book languishes on the dollar shelf at Borders.

1877 days ago
64.

ly9512    

Yeah, think about how many vampire novels are out there. Then when you do a vampire love story, how unique can it really be? Your characters will be in their own way, but the story line is going to be very similar - the mortal being amazed with the vampire, figuring out that the vampire is in fact a vampire, falling in love, meeting the family, getting married, being careful when they get intimate because of the vampire's love for human blood, etc.

Its hard to make the characteristics of a vampire unique in these love stories.

1877 days ago
65.

legal eagle    

I hope these lawyers are being paid by the hour and not on contingency. I sure wouldn't have taken this on contingency.

1877 days ago
66.

Donna S.    

"Rosemary's Baby" also contained scenes of a woman who was sick because she carried an evil child. So who is ripping off storylines from who?

1877 days ago
67.

ThePants    

The woman is just now noticing that the book is similar to hers after the movie came out & Twilight Saga became huge? Give me a break.

1877 days ago
68.

KKeene    

OMG! She's uses a lot of the same words too like "the" and 'blood" what a load of crap.... So sorry lady that your book sucked and never did anything but don't get pissed off at the twilight series for actually having success!

1877 days ago
69.

K    

I think it's just as copied as any vampire story-- that is, none of them are very different. They're about forbidden love and straddling life and death. Not too many unique plot lines can be derived from such a limited means; it's practically impossible to find a completely unique vampire story. Sure, the characters may seem different, but they're ultimately playing the same roles and fulfilling the same plot lines. It's akin to writing chick-lit-- how diverse can it possibly be???

1877 days ago
70.

Serena    

I googled Jordan's book "The Nocturne" and can't find it anywhere...its not even on Amazon or Borders? WTF? If I can't find it, what makes Jordan think Stephenie did....so stupid. Any similarities and no name authors are jumping all over trying to get publicity...this is dumb.

1877 days ago
71.

KaiAnn    

I don’t even understand why this is posted as news, it is obviously a publicity stunt for an author who is just wanting to cash in on the popularity of Twilight. The whole thing is a scam, the books are not the same at all. Just because you share an idea with someone, does not make it plagiarism. The Sookie Stackhouse novels have more similarities then this book! Just another example of someone trying to get rich off of someone else.

1877 days ago
72.

RogueBettie    

I wonder how many of you just commented without reading the letter - it notes ALL the similarities, side by side comparison. I'm a Twilight fan AND a TrueBlood/Sookie Stackhouse books fan - but I think this Jordan Scott might have a case. Read the letter, it's pretty close.

1877 days ago
73.

Tired.    

So, how is it that Stephenie ripped off only the one book of the saga from this woman? If she's capable of writing the 3 previous books, why rip off the 4th? This is entirely ludicrous and a waste of time.

1877 days ago
74.

Helga    

I DID read read the letter. I also noted the page numbers. The order is different. And much of the wedding/sex scenes could also describe MY wedding since both my husband and I were virgins when we got married, and there were flowers, ribbons and arches. I do NOT think this woman has a case. I have read many romance books over the years and both have similarties to them. This is just ridiculous. And if you have know anything about Stephenie Meyer you will note that originally much of Breaking Dawn was written BEFORE New Moon or Eclipse (she called it Forever Dawn then), but it was decided to spread out the series so other things were added. AND Stephenie has witnesses since she shared Forever Dawn with family and close friends.

Frivolous lawsuit from someone wishing she had made money from her own book.

1877 days ago
75.

wow    

I have read all of the Twilight novels and love them!! People that are commenting have you read the books? The side by side scenes they give are completely ridiculous because they are taken from different area in the book!!! Jordan Smith wanted to make it seem word for word that was copied which it is not!!! if you look at the actual pages in the book it is not "pieced" together the same way as in the court papers. I think this lady is just trying to get her name out there ad people to buy her books. I for one am not interested!! Does this lady think she is the first one to come up with the idea of Vampire weddings and Babies and sex on the beach?!!! GIve me a break! There are plenty of books out there with the exact same story lines... this book just so happened to become even more popular becasue a movie was involved....

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