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stephenie meyerTwilight series author Stephenie Meyer has been served a cease and desist order by Jordan Scott, 21 year old author of The Nocturne, asking not for money, but for cessation of the circulation of Breaking Dawn.  Jordan claims that Meyer copied the plot as well as significant events that “bear striking resemblances” to Jordan’s 2006 novel.

Scenes that were allegedly copied include

  • A post wedding sex scene at the beach
  • 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

(Okay…not anything here that couldn’t be found in thousands of other novels.)

Here’s an MTV News comparison of a scene in question…

From Nocturne:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the 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:

breakingdawn“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.”

Funny thing…apparently Scott has been unable to supply Meyer’s lawyers with a copy of  The Nocturne, which she says she wrote when she was 15, and at that time put snippets on the internet which she says Meyer could have seen and copied.

Meyer’s lawyers at Hatchett Books dismissed Scott’s claims as “frivolous”  and say that she is “trying to ride the coattails” of Meyer’s success.

kate pic~Kate

Do you think Meyer copied Scott’s book?  Or is Scott just out for some publicity?
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