I didn't see this in another post (and if it was i'm sorry) so i wanted you all to be aware that our beloved Stephenie is being SUED!!!! Apparently her college roomate from Brigham Young, Heidi Stanton, claims that Steph stole the idea from a short story she wrote for a class. The full story is below. I don't think she plagarized. Why did this woman wait until now to watch the movie, didn't she see the previews that were plastered everywhere? Don't you think that she would recognize her story? And not only that but if your college roomate wrote a book wouldn't you read it, and wouldn't you go to see the movie as soon as it came out? It just smells a little fishy to me. But thats just my opinion. Tell me what you think.

***This is the newer post The oldeer one has a more in depth story.***

A lawsuit filed against “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer will not halt production of the vampire film's sequel, “New Moon,” as some outlets reported Monday.

A spokesperson from Summit Entertainment, which is releasing the film, says “Production is underway, in Vancouver, totally as planned. There is no delay. Whatever you’re hearing about a lawsuit interfering with the film (and) its release, all I can say is it’s totally false.” The film is slated for a Nov. 20 release.

The reported lawsuit was filed in Utah by Heidi Stanton, a former friend of Meyer, who claims Meyer stole the vampire trope after the pair worked on a short story together when both students at Brigham Young University.


***Older post (movie is still on)***

TWILIGHT sequel NEW MOON has been thrown into jeopardy - author STEPHENIE MEYER is facing a plagiarism lawsuit over the vampire franchise, according to reports.
The original 2008 movie - starring Robert Pattinson - was a major international hit and has spawned a follow-up which is currently being shot in Canada. The film franchise is based on the popular book series, written by Meyer.
But production on the second film has reportedly been halted following claims Meyer is facing legal action from her former college roommate, who is said to have accused the writer of basing the novels on her ideas.
According to I'mnotobsessed.com, Heidi Stanton - who studied alongside Meyer at Brigham Young University, Utah - claims the vampire books are similar to a short story she wrote when she was a student there.
Stanton filed her lawsuit against Meyer in Utah last Tuesday (14Apr09), alleging idea infringement.
She states in the papers, "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."
Meyer claims the premise for the popular series came to her in a dream in June 2003 and she completed the first novel three months later.
And the legal battle has reportedly cast doubt on the highly-anticipated New Moon, with production being "put on hold" until the case is resolved, according to the website.
New Moon is scheduled for release at the end of the year (09).


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Comment by Morgaine Chya on April 20, 2009 at 9:31pm
Several possibilities...

1) The reason for waiting to sue is because seh was in private negotiations with Ms. Meyer ot share proceeds or whatever, and they reached an impasse. Her only alternative at that point, if she wanted to gain compensation for a story she considered had been plagiarized would be to sue.

2) If there really is a story from school days, it could very well be that Ms. Meyer did not consciously use that story for her own Twilight series. Ms. Meyer has married and had children since then, and, if she is like others of her age, much of the details of her school years isn't remembered.

I think, if there is astory from school years, this would be the more logical take on it. Certainly, a person would not knowingly plagiarize a story, expending so much effort in developing it, because there would most certainly be a suit on it.

3) Also, Ms. Meyer may have kind of remembered the story and got going on writing her own take on it, never dreaming it would go anywhere.

I see the suit was filed in Utah, which would be expected. Laws differ from state to state, and the state where it is filed can have a big impact on the judgment, damages, etc. from the court.

I can't see Ms. Meyer allowing this to go to the lawsuit stage if there was any truth to the claim of plagiarism. She has too much to lose in bad PR.

But, of course, this is all speculation. I"m going to try to find the actual court documents.
Comment by Morgaine Chya on April 20, 2009 at 10:05pm
Awwwww, the home page of Utah's webpage has a link for "help with homework."

Apparently Ms. Stanton got a bargain on her filing fees because they are scheduled to increase on May 12.

The following is a good, easy website on plagiarism.

I could find nothing filed in Utah, which is unusual, but tomorrow at work I will have access to a hot-spit court documents search engine.

I'm wondering if this is a hoax or publicity stunt.



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