Stephanie Meyer, author of the bestselling Twilight series of books, has been served with a cease and desist order. The letter was sent by lawyers acting for author Jordan S. Scott to Meyers’ publisher, Hachette Book Group USA. From The Guardian:
The letter claims that the latest volume in Meyer’s Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, which was published last year, “shows a striking and substantial similarity” to Scott’s book The Nocturne, and asks the publisher how it intends “to cease and desist from any further copyright infringement and to compensate my client for her damages.”Unsurprisingly, this is a huge story, which makes it all the more odd that it’s been impossible to find anything solid about Jordan’s writing in general or Nocturne in particular. Jordan’s Web site lists the book as “sold out” and it is unavailable from Amazon. Google Books lists another title by the same author, Texas Aggies. This afternoon, The New York Times’ Art Beat added more about Meyer’s challenger:
Hachette called the claim “completely without merit” and said that any lawsuit would be “defended vigorously.”
Jordan Scott, who describes herself as a singer, screenwriter and college student on her Web site jordanscott.com, wrote a little-known novel called “The Nocturne” as a teenager, releasing parts of it online before publishing it as a book in 2006.