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What to Make of the ‘Breaking Dawn’ Plagiarism Claim

Originally posted on TwilightFanSource.com


By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Stephenie Meyer has been accused of plagiarizing her novel ‘Breaking Dawn’ by some author named Jordan Scott.

Scott has served Ms.Meyer with a “cease and desist order regarding the novel. Claiming that the idea of weddings, slightly rough honeymoon consummation, and other worldly pregnancies were stolen from her 2006 novel ‘The Nocturne’.

According to MTV.com Scott’s novel is about “a magical tale of doomed love between a young sorcerer and a teenage girl in 15th-century France”.

The following statement was released from Little,Brown publisher of ‘The Twilight Saga’.
“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. Ms. Scott’s attorney has yet to furnish us with a copy of the book to support this claim as requested. 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. This claim is frivolous and any lawsuit will be defended vigorously.”

According to Craig Williams the attorney representing Scott what that they are not seeking compensation, but are asking that circulation of the book stop, and they want to prevent Summit Entertainment from making Breaking Dawn into a movie.

Per Twilight Lexicon,
“Loose fantasy ideas are not copyrightable, otherwise all vampire fiction would have stopped at Bram Stoker. Neither are loose romance plots copyrightable, or Harlequin would not be a leader in romance.”

I have read the document posted on TMZ.com, and the Twilight Lexicon has it right. Ms. Scott is trying to claim copyright infringement on basic fantasy ideas and words. In one of the “instances” the only similarity I could see was both characters being told they were beautiful.

So, all in all, I have to agree with The Lex when they say “he type of word-for-word lifting and exact modeling of character and circumstance that need to be present for a copyright case to have merit is simply not there.”

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