Pop culture apotheosis

Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer gets her own comic book—and sued for plagiarism

Twilight author Meyer already shows most of the signs of pop culture royalty—the massive sales, the film versions, the reclusiveness, the midnight book releases. Now there are two more. The Female Force comic book series, graphic biographies of women who’ve made a big cultural impact, plans a series starring her. Past heroines include Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Diana, Princess of Wales. But Meyer is also being sued for plagiarism by author Jordan Scott, who claims passages in Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in Meyer’s series, bear “striking and substantial similarity” to portions of her book The Nocturne. That novel was published on the Internet in 2006, two years before Breaking Dawn hit shelves, the letter contends. In a document Scott’s lawyers detail the books’ similarities. Both, for instance, include a post-wedding sex scene, a woman who is ill because she’s pregnant with a child with evil powers, and a scene in which the main character’s wife dies. The same could be said for a slew of vampire books, but Scott contends the verbiage in the two tomes is also spookily close. A spokesperson for Meyer dismissed the charges. “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.”

New York Daily News