UPDATE: Summit responded and it is not TRUE.
This rumor is certainly NOT true. Please let your readers know.”
Stephanie Meyer’s former college roommate, Heidi Stanton is suing the Twilight author for allegedly stealing the entire concept of her hit teen novel series from a short story she wrote many moons ago.
Why did it take her so long to realize this?!! Because Heidi just decided to watch the movie last week.
A fan forum posted the following claim:
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.
Sounds a little fishy. You don’t need to see the movie to know what Twilight is about. It’s a viral obsession that has gotten under the skin of society. Heidi would have gotten wind of the whole “vampire who is in love with a girl” concept prior to the dvd release. Right?
Here’s the issue – professors from Brigham Young University are BACKING Heidi’s short story claim.
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 sophomore 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 sophomore 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.”
And because of this, production has halted until further notice. EEK! A 2009 release is not likely at this point.
Waiting on rep confirmation!!!
Photos by INF