Tuesday, April 21, 2009

'New Moon' Production Shut Down Due To Plagiarism Lawsuit?

FURTHER UPDATE: Stephenie Meyer's official website claims plagiarism lawsuit is a hoax and there's no truth to the story! You can also check out the 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' preview that was shown on ET in the video below:

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Also click here for first look at the 'New Moon Wolf Pack'

UPDATE: MSNBC claim lawsuit filed against 'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer will not halt production of the vampire film's sequel, 'New Moon'

'Twilight' sequel 'New Moon' has reportedly halted production as it's creator and author Stephenie Meyer has become involved in a plagiarism lawsuit following claims from a former college roommate that Meyer stole her ideas.

Heidi Stanton, who studied with the author at Brigham Young University in Utah, has alleged that a short story she wrote during their college years had a similar plot to Twilight.

"Quite frankly, I was shocked when I began watching the movie with my husband last week," Stanton stated in legal documents. "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 claimed that the idea for the first novel "came to her in a dream" in 2003, after which she wrote the manuscript in three months.

The legal proceedings have put filming 'New Moon' on hold until the case is resolved.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's hilarious!! I'm sure that person would've made a much better author than stephenie meyer!

Alex said...

God, ANYONE could think of a boring novel such as this, I think even a thirteen year old could think up of the same plot.

Anonymous said...

I think that lady is lying :P the BOOK has been out for how long? A while, whether it was huge or not its been out for sometime now. Now just because it's big shes saying that its her idea, right. I just don't believe that sorry.

Anonymous said...

Obviously she's lying!!! I mean really people say this everyday just so they can get some money. But.... The idea coming to stephanie in a dream a little far fetched am i right?

Janelys said...

oh come on that book has been out so long and now just because the movie out and it was awesomee and won millions of dollars shes saying its her idea well the she should of thought to make the book when she first thought of it its tooo late now so she can get over it!

Anonymous said...

ok people who are saying oh the book has been out how long and she should have said something then please bear in mind this woman is obviously an adult... why would she read a book aimed at teens? just because her college roomate wrote it doesn't mean she is going to read it and therefore she wouldnt have known the plot line.
please think before posting from now on.

Laura said...

This is so sad, Twilight books are so amazing and original. Meyer is a genius why the frick would she steal someone elses work when she wrote so many books, like WTF?

DestinyBri said...

first of all i see this all the time. im in law classes and this is nothing. second of all i am outraged that some of you dont have enough respect for people as authors! you should be ashamed. third the woman is clearly lying. (and i am thinking before i post!!) if she is so sure that she stole the idea then she shouldnt have any problem giving evidence to it such as the paper! its not uncommon for people to have ideas come to them in dreams. einstien stated that he learned more about the world and how it worked when he was asleep and dreaming. dreams let our imaginations run wild to different worlds. the book may be aimed for teens but there are just as many 'adults' around the world that read it. twilight has now become a global phenomenon and with that people have now became jealous of meyers popularity and success. and yes i am a fan of the books, will always be a fan of the books, and for stephenie to supposedly not come up with this idea then she done an absolute amazing job at captivating our minds with so many interesting plots and wonderful characters. thankyou stephenie for all the exceptional work you have givin us.

Ashley J.L. said...

From what i think is that I HATE it when people success in something and then they make millions... 'someone' has to come along and say they 'stole' that from them, you have to be a real asshole to do that now, after Twilight has been now since '05. This also happend to Lil Wayne from his song "I feel like Dying" and Tyler Perry from his '04 film "Diary of a Mad Black Woman",
thats just to get money from people when they success from something.

Ashley J.L. said...

I am also a Twilight fan since 06. She might as well get over it!! Ugh I cant stand people like that! she made those 4 books and her ass finally tells the press this in 09? What the hell! Heidi Stanton you should of wrote it if you "wrote" the book.

Anonymous said...

I dont think she stole that idea from that lady. It takes a big imagination to make books like these.I totally beleive Stephenie Meyer on getting the idea from a dream.I LUV HER BOOKS they are AWESOME!!!

Anonymous said...

i totally think that heidi stanton is lying and she needs to get over it.

Anonymous said...

Twilight is boring, unoriginal and is written like a 14 year-old's fanfiction. Anyone could write it. Anyone can come up with ideas that are similar to it.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie Meyers is the first person to come up with the idea of romance with vampires? Yeah, sure.

Anonymous said...

omg that's so retarded! obviously the book has been out for a LONG time, and she is just sayin it was her idea cuz the movie was such a big success. stephenie meyer is a great author. even if the plot was aimed at teens. i know lots of adults that have read the series, so if the books were so popular, and the other girl new that her college roommate had written them, wouldn't she read them too? ya the 'it came to me in a dream' thing is a little odd, but still is AWESOME writing!

Anonymous said...

I'm willing to bet most of the people that think she's lying are like this cave-dwelling troll.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQ2h4hrors

Bella said...

That Heidi woman is obviously lying!! Even if the idea was hers, Stephanie obviously but some thought in making FOUR books. You just can't make so many books filled with detail out of one measly school project...not to mention that Twilight came out in '05. If it was true, why wait four years to say that. What a fake. Is't so WTF!!

Jessica said...

Ha! This is hilarious. I guess many twitards fail to notice that most intelligent adults don't swoon over this crap so it's entirely pluasible the woman claiming to be the original creator hadn't known about this until the movie. Hell, I'd be pissed too if someone took my idea and turned it into a TOTAL PIECE OF SHIT BOOK like Twilight is.

Get over it, if she loses the case, I will throw a party and send congrats to Miss Heidi. Hopefully she can make something GOOD out of this series. (NOT saga, Series!)

Seriously, "I got it all from a (wet) dream!" I thought that excuse smelled like shit when I first read it.

Mrs. Hale said...

This is gay...if this woman has such a problem with her short story being similar to twilight, she should've figured it out a long time ago because Twilight has been out for years now...even if the idea was stolen (and I'm not saying that it was...I personally believe that Meyers made the story herself)why would this woman decide now out of all times to sue her...just let it go and stop trying to find a way to get money...

And P.S: There are tons of vampire romance stories and each have at least one or two things in common...people are gonna have to get over that.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it's possible for ANYONE who's actually read Dracula to come up with the same basic idea.

I'm actualy working on a research paper compairing Twilight to Dracula.

Jenna, UCLA said...

I am a huge Twilight fan and I love the books and I am not a troll but I do think that what is being said that Stephanie may have lifted that other woman's short story as the basis for Twilight could be true. Coming up with the story as a dream I never believed and maybe the woman who wrote the short story hasn't thought much about it since writing it as it was a short story.

Kori said...

Personally, I hope she wins, just to wipe that smug smile off of SMeyer's face and to ruin the dreams of children everywhere.

Alexa! said...

i cant believe they JUST figured this out. twilight has been out in the world for how long now?? its a lie. there is no way it is true. its just sick that some jealous old 'friend' would do that! stephanie created it. not this other person!

Anonymous said...

Ugh!!
I LOVEE Twilight!!! I hope Stephenie wins! Her ex roomie is prolly jealous!! GO STEPHENIE!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow. I think that lady is lying! The books could've been better, and some other people definately could have written a better story, but seriously, how long have those books been out? FOUR years! If it took her this long to remember that she wrote stuff like that then she's got a serious problem. Otherwise, she's lying and wants money. I am totally thinking before I post, and here are my reasons behind this; first, I know so many adults who have read this book, even a lady who was in her seventies read it! It's been all over the news, so Stanton would have read it just to see what all the hype is about. Second, just like DestinyBri said, she should have the original if it is plagiarized. Third, Meyer wrote FOUR books that all went along perfectly with each other, if she really did plagiarize it then the thoughts wouldn't go together so well. (I'm a writer also and I know how these things work.)And on the whole "I don't believe she came up with this idea in a dream" that is total B.S. I have come up with so many ideas for stories and stuff from dreams, many people I know who also write have had stories come from dreams. Stories that come from dreams tend to be better because deep down they are believable because someone somewhere has experienced a dream like that and also it just appeals to our sub-conscious. So come on people, Stanton is clearly lying; look at the facts!

Anonymous said...

Some people just need to realize that Stephenie Meyer is a pure genious. Anyone could come along and say it was their idea, all it is, is her room mate chick is just mad because Steph made the big times while she watched from the side.

hanschenfangirl said...

God, who cares? Period.

Anonymous said...

genious?????

Jessica said...

OMG, that movie better go on, because I FRICKIN BASE MY LIFE OFF OF THAT STORY/BOOK/LOVE/EVERYTHING!!!!! I will be SOOOOO devastated if the movie doesn't come out because those books keep me going, they take my pathetic life and turn it into...well its still pathetic, but it takes my mind of the patheticness of my life and turns my attention to something that is awesome and amazing and totally, completely lovestoryish!! I think I'm gonna go eat some chocolate now and possibly cry...lol

Mandy said...

Honestly, at this point, even if she did get the idea from the short story that her roommate wrote, I think we can all agree that the FOUR books she wrote can not all be from that short story plot line. I don't care if you like the books, that's not the point behind this. The point is that Twilight has been out for four years at least now, and it has been extremely popular for at least two of those years. If her roommate didn't take notice to the book for four years it's safe to say she just wants the money coming from the movies and the book sales. I am a fan of the books, but you don't have to be to see that this claim is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2vqe1HpWaE TWILIGHT IS GAY!!! PWNED

Anonymous said...

i'm on Heidi Stanton side i mean come on any body could have written a book like that, my friend made small story like that way before twilight even can out. i think that just maybe even if Meyer didn't get her idea from a roomate short story then she probally got the idea from someone or something eles and then just happen to have a dream about it and called it her own. Come on vampire human romance... did u guys really think that she was the first to come up with it. And i was a twilight lover since 05 until it started poping up everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Twighlight was a good book, definately written for pre-teens. S.M. really gets into the mindset of a young teenager who is going through, for lack of a better term, challenging and changing times in their life. I liked the first book, but the rest got very repetitive and was not a very advanced series. I think this college roomate probably wrote a short story involving the same basic plot, but anyone can expand ideas. Artists remake songs all the time. In any case, it was not patented and nobody has any proof, so there really is no point in discussing it. It's a book, not a lifestyle. Have your opinions, I have mine, but don't go to such extreems that this is all you care about. And to the roomate, stop searching for quick money, you have no proof and S.M. can afford a good lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Okay... NONE OF THIS IS TRUE.
It's all just a rumor. There is no plagiarism lawsuit between Stephenie Meyer and that other woman. You don't believe me? Check Stephenie Meyer's official website.
www.stepheniemeyer.com

Anonymous said...

I wish it was.
To those who say Stephanie Meyer is 'original' and 'genius':
Vampire/Human Romance roleplays have been on NEOPETS -- with has A 400 CHARACTER CUT on all posts-- since at least 2000.

Ohh my god shes SO DAMN ORIGINAL.

I do respect her as an author, it's the fans I don't like.

Anonymous said...

Wow, why would anyone want cradit for that garbage?

Anonymous said...

Anyone could claim it was their idea. The book is not original.

Though I bet Mrs. Stanton wouldn't have made Bella a whiny bitch. And Mr. Sparkles an abusive asshole. Who somehow sparkles.

Anonymous said...

I don't care who thought of the concept. The books are pretty lame just like the rest of the garbage that is mass produced to us. I really do wish the crazy fans would chill out a bit as well. Last time I checked Meyers wasn't the messiah or Jesus, she's just a woman who wrote a book. When she can heal the sick and feed the poor, then i'll kiss her butt.