'Breaking Dawn' plagiarism suit against Stephenie Meyer dismissed

A judge of the United States District Court has dismissed author Jordan Scott’s claim that Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer plagiarized small portions of her fourth book, Breaking Dawn, from Scott’s vampire novel The Nocturne. In a statement, Meyer’s publisher, Hachette Book Group, says, “In his ruling, [Judge Otis D. Wright II] stated that the two works have little in common and that the ‘characters in the two works are vastly different.’ The decision admonishes Scott for ‘the deceptive presentation of the alleged similarities’ and notes that she ‘has twice manipulated aspects of the subject works in order to create the appearance of similarity.’ While an attempt to ride on someone else’s success may not be surprising, it is encouraging that the courts and the public are not so easily misled. This judgment confirms what we have known all along — Breaking Dawn is a wholly original work by Stephenie Meyer and this was a frivolous lawsuit brought for the purposes of publicizing the plaintiff’s personal publishing aspirations. Hachette Book Group and Stephenie Meyer are pleased to be able to put this case behind us.”

J. Craig Williams, a lawyer for Scott, says his client isn’t prepared to close the book on her claim: “Courts serve the function of resolving disputes between people who disagree over issues such as copyright infringement. We are pleased that the judge very carefully made a side-by-side comparison of The Nocturne and Breaking Dawn and issued a considered opinion regarding his decision. At this point, Jordan Scott is studying her options regarding continued prosecution of her case against Stephanie Meyer.”

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  • MissH

    Well thank goodness that’s over. I know Steph is relieved. I’m glad she has that stress off her back now! Go Steph!

    • Rosalie

      Breaking Dawn was boring! It was also stupid, we got introduced to all sorts of random vampires that we were suppose to care about because they were going to witness for the Cullens against the Volturi. It seemed like there was going to be a showdown between the Volturi and the Cullens but it never happened. There wasn’t any buildup whatsoever. I will make sure that I don’t read anything that this person who wants to take credit for Breaking Dawn publishes. I don’t need to be bored with pointless reading anymore. I was going to read The Host once I got done with Twilight Saga, but after reading Breaking Dawn I am staying as far away as possible from anyting that Stephenie Meyers writes. I had a hard time getting through Eclipse as well after the graduation. I think Stephenie was trying to build up to much excitement and failed misserably.

      • Alex

        I agree. Breaking Dawn is the most boring of the 4 books. She build it all down & then nothing. There was no climax whatsoever. I was disappointed. I will never read anything by S. Meyer.

      • Autumn

        how does your comment have anything to do with this article or the situation at hand? You’re boring.

      • Beckie

        Your opinions of Breaking Dawn are irrelevant, no matter what you say, the book, and the entire Twilight series, are clearly successful, and people are just trying to ride off of it.

    • ernie

      I feel bad that the poor judge had to read Breaking Dawn…

      • jrm

        lol! Me, too. Easily the worst of the series.

  • Officer Farva

    Does that make Jordan Scott a literary Salahi?

    • Christopher

      Nah, just a litigous twit.

  • maiv

    No surprise. This always happens when authors hit it big!

  • Mary Q. Contrary

    Breaking Dawn may be wholly original, but it’s also wholly heinous.

    • ash

      LMAO

  • Josie

    Of course it’s an original, who would read something like that and want to copy it?? Breaking Dawn is horrible.

    • jordan

      what do you mean horrible? having jacob fall in love with *spoiler alert* edward and bella’s baby was ingenious and not disturbing at all… :/

      • harry

        please be kidding

      • mishka

        So he couldn’t have the mother, he went to the daughter? Ew, ew, ew.

      • maiv

        yeah, you could tell he was joking b/c of the :/. and yeah, when i heard that, i was like, poor jacob guy for the final movie! gonna be hard to fake that on screen lol

      • jordan

        yes, i was DEFINITELY joking. i don’t know what that lady was thinking doing that. cra-zy.

  • tVFan

    Not sure I’d want to be the one credited with writing ‘Breaking Dawn’ Just sayin’

  • Becky

    Yeah, this may happen when authors hit it big, but perhaps the bigger question is…why would ANYONE want to take credit for writing Breaking Dawn?

  • Kelsey

    The real question is, why would ANYONE take original credit for something so horrible? I’d be ashamed to admit I’d written something, and if it was plagiarized, I’d just be relieved my name would no longer be attached to it. :-)

    • Vonnie

      I don’t know why you people look up about this if you are going to say ignorant stuff that isn’t true or is ignorant to say…ok yea Stephenie shouldn’t have put all the *SPOILER ALERT* vampires in and yes it was confusing a little but it was so Reneesmee wouldn’t die for something that wasn’t true.
      Also don’t criticize if you don’t have the facts…KELSEY,
      Oh, yea and before I end my defence for Breaking Dawn that you people shouldn’t be able to say NOTHING about the book because you KNOW your jealious that you didn’t write it!!!!!!!!
      So there you go I should be down!!

      • Vonnie

        I mean done

  • cristina

    thats stupid of course steph didnt do any of that breaking dawn is a work of art and totally original with background from the other three books so who ever said that is lame

  • letsdothis

    I demand round-the-clock coverage on all things Twilight, EW! What did Meyer eat for lunch? What’s Robert Pattinson’s favorite snack food? Be on top of this stuff ASAP, you got that, EW?

    • Jane

      Where does Taylor Lautner buy his baggies of meat?

  • Lynn

    Why on earth would ANYONE want to take credit for that abomination against literature? Meyer herself should be ashamed she crapped it out, and here someone else is claiming she STOLE it? Eek.

  • michelle

    Ya ok she sold millions of copies and now she has a movie franchise that has earned millions of dollars y wouldn’t she take credit ppl are jealous and need to quit hating and if u hate breaking dawn so much y r u reading this article idiot

    • @michelle

      We’re just baffled that anyone would want to publicly take credit for such a terrible novel.
      And just because something sells a lot doesn’t mean it’s the best or even good. They sell more Big Macs than filet mignon, but does that mean Big Macs are superior? Uh, no.

  • BG

    The only similarities in those books pretty much could be pulled from any book with a sappy wedding, sappy beach scene…she didn’t steal the words and similar plot elements are going to turn up in every single book on this planet. Original stories are gone.

    Besides, why on earth this woman would want to claim her book was the basis for Breaking Dawn, well she must be crazy.

  • Ron

    I just read Breaking Dawn, and I loved it. Actually, I loved all the books. I keep telling people, just because there are vampires and warewolves in the story, doesn’t meen it is about Vampires and Warevoles. The story is about a magicial relationship with friends and love ones, and what you would do for them. If you think anything else, you missed the point.

  • Kim

    They can sue her but they can’t even spell her name right!

    • Nicki

      Can I ask how Stephenie’s name has been spelt wrong? It’s on her book covers as it is in this article. I spell my name differently to the norm, there’s nothing wrong with that.

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