“Twilight” Ripoff? Stephenie Meyer Slapped With Plagiarism Accusation

by | August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM | The Movies

Twilight is becoming as much of a saga off-screen as it is on-screen. After the flap regarding the swap-out of Rachelle Lefevre for Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of Victoria, series author Stephenie Meyer has now received a detailed cease-and-desist letter from an author named Jordan Scott, who claims the fourth Twilight book Breaking Dawn rips off large portions of her book The Nocturne, supposedly published in 2006. Meyer’s rep denies knowledge of Scott or her “supposed book” and says the claim is completely without merit.

It bears mentioning that there was a sizable outcry when Breaking Dawn was released, some of it about “a childbirth sequence that may promote lifelong abstinence in sensitive types,” according to the Washington Post. Many fans claimed that it seemed to veer off course in the fourth book, and didn’t even really seem to fit the world Meyer had created, and some even called it a betrayal of the first three books they loved. This certainly plays into the notion that Meyer could have lifted someone else’s story for her final chapter. Is it possible that she resorted to theft, or is it just that hard to write a conclusion to a popular epic story that will satisfy rabid fans? What do you think?