At the end of November, Judge Otis Wright, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, dismissed a suit brought by Jordan Scott, author of The Nocturne, against Stephanie Meyer, an obscure author who has written a series of romantic vampire novels; the suit alleged that Meyer copied portions of Scott's book, Motoko Rich reported yesterday for Arts Beat. (We knew about it earlier, of course, because Ms. Rich told us about it on the line for the bathroom at Galapagos.)
Rich reported that the judge made an extensive comparison between the two books, including the dialogue: Scott's is "an amalgamation of largely archaic and some modern language that is likely unparalleled in either classical or modern literature," which sounds less like a compliment than a polite expression of bafflement. Meyer's, on the other hand, "maintains a very modern and fresh tone throughout the story that is appealing to a younger audience." So there you have it: even the law recognizes the appeal of the Twilight series, as YA fiction anyway. Its appeal to older women is still a puzzle.