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Twilight author accused of plagiarism

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Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has been accused of ripping off the plot of another book for Breaking Dawn.

Jordan Scott says Breaking Dawn bears a "striking and substantial similarity" to her own book, The Nocturne, released two years before Meyers' tome. Scott fired off a cease and desist letter to Meyers' publisher, citing multiple similarities between the plots of the two works.

In fact, Scott's attorneys notified the publishers of the Twilight series in 2008 and recently prepared a detailed accounting of what Scott feels was plagiarized, complete with side-by-side comparisons of plot points and actual text.

The compelling evidence includes multiple scenes with many similarities, including a wedding, a post-wedding sex scene, pregnancy passages using similar language and dialogue, similar death, birth, and vampire conversion scenes, and the use of the same term of endearment between two of the main characters.

A rep for Meyers denied the accusations stating, "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."

"Neither Stephenie Meyer nor her representatives had any knowledge of this writer or her supposed book prior to this claim...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."

Scott says she began her book in 2003 and posted whole chapters, as well as smaller passages, on the web while she was writing it. Meyers would have had full access to it on the web and after publication.

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