Year Of No! This Author Totally Thinks Shonda Rhimes Stole Her Book

Same title, same idea, so ... you be the judge.

The entertainment world is currently in a state of constant drool over any and all things Shonda Rhimes because the lady doth know how to make good TV (see: "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How To Get Away With Murder").

So, when the news broke that the queen of the small screen would be putting out a book we all did a series of happy clappy jumps.

Well, everyone except author Maria Dahvana Headley.

Because, according to her Twitter feed tonight (June 2), Ms. Headley seems to see a few too many similarities between Shonda Rhimes' upcoming "Year Of Yes" book and her own -- namely, that it has basically the same title and plot points.


It started when she pointed out that her "The Year of Yes" and Rhimes' "Year of Yes" seemed to be "really very much the same book and title."

Apart from the lack of "The" on Rhimes' version, the books are similarly titled. And the concept(s) - the writer says yes to anyone who asks her out for a full year? Almost identical.

Rhimes has said that her story was born of her own experience -- her statement: "Saying yes for an entire year turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made. It was also a little insane, a lot terrifying and sometimes wildly embarrassing. So this is not a story I ever planned to share with anyone."

But according to Ms. Headley, her book was definitely out there where people could/did see the idea before Rhimes did her 1 year trial.

Rhimes was given her "Yes" challenge in December 2013. Headley's book came out in 2007 -- also based on her own experiment with giving all suitors a shot during a twelve month stint.

She even went so far as to call it an uncredited "re-make."

In other words: She's dead serious about this.

Like, she's really, really convinced she's been ripped off here, guys.

So much mad.

And people thinking she's involved somehow is not making this any better, apparently.

Salt meet wound.

She's ... even got a faux payback plan in place.

Yeah, she went there.

And no, she doesn't feel the same way about that Jim Carrey movie ("Yes Man").

'Cause that's somehow different?

But she's still got some good feels ... at least for Rhimes' other accomplishments.


MTV News has reached out for comment from Rhimes' reps and will update when available.