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Twilight author: Sued for plagiarism!

Posted in entertainment, internet news by Fated Blue on April 20, 2009

Production Halted on Twilight Sequel

Allegations of plagerism halt production of popular movie sequel.

Hollywood, CA (Associated Press) Production on the hit sequel to the popular vampire series Twilight have been halted among allegations of plagerism by young author, Stephenie Meyer.

According to sources, Meyer has been accused of stealing the idea for her popular Twilight series of novels for young adults and teenagers from her college roommate, Heidi Stanton. Stanton, 36, of Salt Lake City, Utah, attended Brigham Young University during the early 1990’s and was for a time during their sophmore year roommates at a campus dormitory with the alleged author, Meyer.

The Twilight novels have sold over 42 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into 37 languages across the globe. Meyer who claims the premise for her popular vampire series came to her in a dream in June of 2003. Just three short months later she had completed the entire novel with very little to no previous writing experience.
Allegations by Stanton, who is a stay at home mother to 4 children in Utah arose after she viewed the movie Twilight for the first time last week, shortly after it was released to DVD format. Stanton claims that she had heard about the novels, but with four small children at home has very little time to read for pleasure or go to the theaters to watch movies.
“Quite frankly, I was shocked when I began watching the movie with my husband last week. I immediately told him that she got that idea from me! I wrote a fictional short story with the same ideas when we were in college together.” stated Stanton.
Lawyers for both sides were remaining tight lipped Tuesday when papers were filed in Utah for claims of idea infringement. However amongst the claims, production was halted on a Studio City California production lot where New Moon is finishing post production. New Moon was slated to be released later in 2009. At this time, that has been “put on hold” stated studio heads Tuesday evening when reached by phone.
Mrs. Stanton’s claims have some credence to them as she has documented proof that a short story with very similar idea was written by her in 1993 while she was a sophmore at BYU. English department chairperson Dr. Peter Benton was at the time a second year professor of writing and distinctly remembers Ms. Stanton’s prolific writing style and the vampire story in particular.
“The story stood out in my mind, at the time, because it was more advanced than most sophmore students usually presented, also the vampire story stood out because I had recently taught a series of lectures on Brahm Stoker’s Dracula.” claims Dr. Benton. “I felt at the time that Heidi had brought a very current and up to date look at a classic subject.”
No word on when or if production will resume for New Moon. Requests for interviews with Ms. Meyer or her representatives went unanswered Tuesday evening.



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  1. Lori said, on April 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    What the heck is wrong with people these days?! How is it that all of the sudden this Stanton lady comes out saying it was HER idea and that Meyer stole it from her?! Stephanie has written other books before Twilight. And not that one of her creations is hitting the world with a bang and everyone loves it, now someone wants to come out and claim that the idea for a whole new generation on a vampire story was stolen from them. Pathetic. And their excuse for not knowing about the book or movie before then is becuse they have four children and stay at home??? Unbelievable. All the more reason on why to believe she never heard or saw the commercials on the television! She can’t get away with this. There are too many people out there who won’t allow it. Meyers fans are always here.

  2. C.H. Scarlett said, on April 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Twilight was Meyers first book—her interviews are on YOUTUBE. She had no idea about books or publishing…she didnt even intend on writing a book—she claims.
    Twilight series

    1. Twilight (2005)
    2. New Moon (2006)
    3. Eclipse (2007)
    4. Breaking Dawn (2008)

    Other books

    * Prom Nights from Hell (section, 2007)
    * The Host (2008)
    * The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide (supplement to the Twilight series, 2009)

  3. Andrea said, on April 21, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Ok SUPPOSSEDLY this Stanton chick(i’ll use this word rather then the one I want to use) says she’s a mother of four and has no time for reading books or watching movies…which is Why it’s taken her so long to come forward. (yeah right)…according to documents there’s a BYU Professor baking her up…a Dr. Peter Benton (anyone ever watch ER…Eric La Salle’s character from ER was named PEter Benton…secondly there is NO Dr. Peter Benton on the BYU website ANYWHERE let alone the English Dept. so the lawsuit is bogus…or at least the story about the lawsuit is…

  4. Lori said, on April 21, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Opps. Mybad. But it’s still wrong. That proves my point even more. Stephanie had no writing or publishing knowledge at all! And she wrote a magnificent book! A book the whole world has fallen in love with. Even my mother, and she hates vampire stories. 😛 Its just crazy that this is happening now. Stanton can’t prove anything unless she has an actual really old looking panflet of her writing. And even then it would be hard for her to prove. It doesn’t matter if the works of both women are similar. Stanton might have come up with little parts to her new thought on vampires, but Stephanie is the one who wrote FOUR, not one or two, but FOUR books on the story between Bella, Edward, Jacob, the Cullen family, and the Quilet Tribe. I really hope and pray this all blows over and production continues on schedule.

  5. Kay Kay said, on April 22, 2009 at 1:46 am

    This whole thing is totally B.S, she was not plaigirizing. Whoever said she was plaigerizing, obviously just wants to take credit for her work.

  6. little light said, on April 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    i don’t believe it. i believe meyer wrote the books fair and square. look, there’s not a single person on this planet who has an entirely unique idea. it’s just so narcissistic to think that only one person has ever thought of something. stanton claims that the vampire-human love story was hers. okay, maybe she thought of that story many years ago, but there are billions of brilliant, creative minds on this planet. even alexander graham bell had to race with someone else to get the patent for the telephone, because someone else was working on it about the same time he did.

  7. Jacob Black said, on November 30, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Just loved all of the books. Great characters and a familiar story of intence love against the odds. I have recently seen the films. Brilliant… beautiful young stars, great cinematics and a sound track that rocks!!! Cant wait for Eclipse, so i’ll just have to reread the book…

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