I just read an article that Stephenie Meyer is being accused of plagiarism. Obviously I don't know all the details but what I've read so far is sketchy. An author named Jordan Scott is planning to file a copyright infringement suit against Meyer claiming that there are plot similarities between an apparently obscure book she wrote called The Nocturne and SM's Breaking Dawn. First, I'd like to say I've read neither book and I'm not actually a fan of SM. It's not that I don't like her work, I just don't read YA.
Why the claim of plagiarism? "In a cease-and-desist letter Williams sent to Hachette Book Group, he provided comparisons from the two books of a wedding, a sex-on-the-beach episode and a passage where a human-turned-vampire describes the wrenching change." (I copied this from the above linked article.) Oh, and another example she used is that both heroes called their wives 'love'.
Um, seriously? That's what she's using for the basis of this suit? I can't count the books I've read that contained weddings, sex on the beach, and heroes (or heroines) calling each other love. Personally I think it's a stupid nickname that would sound awkward in real life. I much rather prefer sweetheart or babe (even though that one gets overused too) b/c they sound more natural. Okay, back to the point. The examples the author is using are weak at best, especially the one about how the human-turned-vampire goes through a wrenching change. I don't read many vampire books but I do read a lot of shifter stories and so many different authors use the same terminology, (alpha, beta, etc). but as long as it isn't a Janet Daily/Nora Roberts thing going on, it's highly unlikely there was any plagiarism. Sounds like someone simply wants to cash in.
I'm interested to see how this plays out. Thoughts, opinions?