Tuesday, August 25, 2009

For All of You Twilight Fans...

Below is an article from the School Library Journal about the case being brought against Stephenie Meyer:

Author Claims Stephenie Meyer Ripped Her Off

By Rocco Staino -- School Library Journal, 8/24/2009 2:00:00 PM

Musician and little-known author Jordan Scott is suing Stephenie Meyer, creator of the popular “Twilight” vampire series, claiming striking similarities between Scott’s book, The Nocturne (Yorkshire, 2009) and Breaking Dawn (Little Brown, 2008), the fourth book in Meyer’s series. Nocturne was available online and electronically prior to its recent print publication with Yorkshire Publishing Group, a self-publishing enterprise. Author Stephenie Meyer is being sued for plagiarism.

A lawsuit filed in California’s federal court claims that Breaking Dawn has “striking articulable and substantial similarities to Scott’s novel Nocturne.” And although Scott's book is set in 15th-century France and details a love affair between a young sorcerer and a teenage girl and Meyer's book chronicles a modern-day teenage love triangle between a human, a werewolf, and a vampire, lawyers for Scott have claimed that there are many similarities between the texts of the two novels.

A Breaking Dawn wedding scene, a post-wedding scene on the beach, and the element of a human being transformed into a vampire were specifically singled out. The suit also goes on to mention similarities “in plot lines, theme, dialogue, mood, setting, pace, characters, sequence of events and ideas.” J. Craig Williams, Scott’s lawyer, told MTV that it’s “highly unlikely that many similar points was simply a coincidence.”

Meyer’s publisher,Hachette Book Group, says the plagiarism claim is completely without merit. “Neither Stephenie Meyer nor her representatives had any knowledge of this writer or her supposed book prior to this claim,” the publisher said in a statement, adding that Scott’s attorney has yet to furnish a copy of Nocturne as requested. “The world of 'The Twilight Saga' and the stories within it are entirely the creation of Ms. Meyer,” the statement goes on to say. “Her books have been a phenomenal sensation, and perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that other people may seek to ride the coattails of such success. This claim is frivolous and any lawsuit will be defended vigorously.”

Scott’s Web site says that she began writing the "Nocturne Trilogy" series at 15, after taking time off from writing music and working in film and television. “I wrote The Nocturne with the intent of bringing readers into a completely new world of the fantasy and romance genres,” she writes. Breaking Dawn has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide and a film version of the book is being released in November.

Weigh in here! Has anyone read Nocturne? What do you think?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vote For Your Top Ten

Each year, the American Library Association asks teens to vote for their top ten teen books of the year! Following is the list of nominations for this year! Read the books! Click the button! Place your vote!! Leave me a comment and let me know which one is your favorite! Voting starts August 24 and ends September 18.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Untamed by Kristin & P. C. Cast
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Truancy by Isamu Fukui
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Paper Towns by John Green
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott
Wake by Lisa McMann
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Bloodline by Katy Moran
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thank You Volunteens!

Today we're extending a huge THANK YOU to our dependable and wonderful VOLUNTEENS who helped us make the Waterford Library’s summer reading program a success again! We had a great turn-out of library patrons signing up for the program and we had a FANTASTIC group of teens volunteering their hard work and summertime hours to their community by working with the Children’s Librarians this summer. 25 volunteers helped in the library over 300 hours this summer to keep things running smoothly. Thank you, volunteens, thank you and we hope to see you again next year!