The young woman, Jordan Scott, claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court on August 19 that a book she published online in 2006 has "striking, articulable and substantial similarities" to Meyer's fourth novel, Breaking Dawn. Scott says Meyer infringed on the copyright to her own novel, The Nocturne, and she demands that Meyer admit to the theft of intellectual property.
Oh, and she also wants a nice cut of Meyer's profits.
Although Scott claims she wrote her novel at the tender age of 15, (way back in the year 2003),
she admits her own exhibits show she didn't publish it on the Internet until 2006. (UPDATE: We tweaked this after a reader in the comments section below told us that "documents reveal" Scott published the book online as early as 2003. After a second look, we agree that Scott and her lawyer claim parts of Scott's book were published "in or about 2004" or maybe 2003, but "Exhibit A" states the book was published on July 5, 2006).
Meyer's first wildly popular vampire novel, Twilight, was published in 2005. Even if Scott's comparisons were truly "striking," (you can judge for yourself -- our verdict: Please...), she still comes off as too short in the fangs.
Here's an excerpt from Scott's bio:
I commenced studies in a Harvard University Psychology program when I was 17, after which I wanted to major in Film and Theater, and transferred to UCLA. So these days I divide my time between music, college, and writing.
I have an award winning script, and three other scripts in various stages. Wow
I love school, writing, music, and of course Boys.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2009: A federal judge slams Scott's writing and kicks out her lawsuit.
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