UPDATE: Most people think this is a hoax/rumor. And at the Twilight Lexicon, they have a statement from Summit Entertainment: ““This rumor is certainly NOT true. Please let your readers know."
Heidi Stanton, a former college roommate of Stephenie Meyer, claims that Twilight and its progeny may be plagiarised from a short story that Stanton wrote in college. The claim has enough heft to bring the New Moon production to a halt. Perhaps Stanton’s support from Bringham Young professors is what is lending credence to the IP dispute.
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.”
See more at IMNOTOBSESSED.COM Thanks Marie for the link.
UPDATED: Apparently Stanton filed suit in Utah and this article calls that basis of the suit “idea infringement”. There is no such thing so I’m not sure if the writer just got the gist of the suit wrong or whether Utah has special copyright laws.