Jordan Scott's lawyer considers further legal action to prevent 'Breaking Dawn' movie.
One is a modern tale about doomed teenage love between a human and a vampire, with a third-wheel werewolf, set in Forks, Washington. It's the last installment of an international sensation that has sold more than 40 million copies and spawned a major motion picture series. The other is a magical tale of doomed love between a young sorcerer and a teenage girl in 15th-century France, penned by a then 15-year-old author/actress/singer as the first installment of a planned trilogy.
While Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series has transformed the married Mormon mother of three into a literary superstar, the lesser-known Jordan Scott has toiled mostly in obscurity ... until this week, when her lawyers filed a cease-and-desist letter against Meyer's publisher, claiming that the fourth "Twilight" book, "Breaking Dawn," bears a striking resemblance to Scott's "The Nocturne." The fundamental plots and main characters of both stories are very different, but the letter provides side-by-side comparisons of similar scenes featuring weddings, honeymoon nights and life-threatening pregnancies.
"It's very close and highly unlikely that it's a coincidence," said Craig Williams, a copyright attorney who filed the C&D order on Scott's behalf. "Jordan has asked that we draft a complaint and a motion for a preliminary injunction [against Meyer's publisher]."
Williams said Scott is not seeking any compensation from Meyer or her publisher, Little, Brown & Co. (part of the Hachette Book Group), but rather acknowledgement of the similarity and a cessation of the circulation of the book. "We also want to stop them from making it into a movie and profiting from her [Scott's] work," he said.