Meyer was forced to defend herself earlier this month (Aug09) after Jordan Scott sent a cease and desist letter to the publishers of her 2008 novel Breaking Dawn, the fourth in the hit Twilight series, alleging it bears a “striking and substantial similarity” to Scott’s 2006 fantasy The Nocturne.
Meyer maintained the claims were “completely without merit” but Scott is now taking the matter to court, filing a lawsuit on Wednesday (19Aug09) seeking damages and to impound any Breaking Dawn copies up for sale.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, Scott notes that the two texts “show striking, articulable and substantial similarities in the plot lines, themes, dialogue, mood, setting, pace, characters, sequence of events (and) ideas.
And she even claims Breaking Dawn shows a “significant literary departure from (Meyer’s) early books” and appears to be “written by a teenager” – just as her novel does, as she began writing it at age 15.
Earlier this year (09), Meyer was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit from her former college roommate Heidi Stanton, who claimed the hit vampire books were based on a short story she wrote while both women studied at Brigham Young University, Utah.