Twilight Mormon Stephenie Meyer is getting sued by 21-year-old writer Jordan Scott, who claims Meyer lifted parts of Breaking Dawn from Scott’s 2006 book The Nocturne (which Scott says she started writing when she was 15). So… Stephenie Meyer stole her ideas from a 15-year-old girl? Yeah, that sounds about right.
The letter from Scott’s lawyer claims there are a number of coincidences in the plotlines of the books, including a wedding, a post-wedding sex scene, a woman becoming sick because she’s carrying a child with “evil powers” and the death of a main character. …Scott also claims that “both the ideas and in many instances the text” of the two books are very similar.
…In Scott’s book, the description reads in part, “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.”
In the allegedly similar scene in “Dawn,” Meyer writes: “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.” [via MTV, TMZ – You can also read the full complaint here, but check your brain at the door]
The main similarity I see is that both these chicks are horrible writers. “So fragile it was scary.” “So pale it was frightening.” Notice how neither actually describes the scene, only the half-assed idea the author wants to get across? I can’t help but imagine this as a Johnny Carson bit: Johnny: “She was so pale…” Audience: “HOW PALE WAS SHE?” Johnny: “She was SO PALE… it was SCARY!” “HOW SCARY WAS IT?” “It was VERY scary.”