Stephenie Meyer explains the name Renesmee: 'I take my heckling. I totally get it!'

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Twilight author Stephenie Meyer knows that even her most ardent fans haven’t always been sold on Renesmee. Not the character, of course — the half vampire, half human child of Edward and Bella who lies at the heart of the drama in Breaking Dawn 2 — but the name itself.

“I was lost in fantasy land,” she told EW shortly after the Breaking Dawn-Part 2 panel. “I’m someone who strongly believes in reality with real children’s names. You don’t monkey around with people’s names. Whether they become a stripper or a lawyer in large part has to do with the name you give them. I think you have to be responsible with your kids’ names. I would never name a real child Renesmee.”

But, Meyer pointed out, the child of Edward and Bella could never have an ordinary name. “I could not have named this child Lindsay. You name her something that already exists and it’s wrong. You have to pick a name that was completely and totally unique which opens you up to some heckling.” She laughed. “I’ve taken my heckling! I totally get it.”

Meyer (who was also at Comic Con to talk about her new movie The Hostalso said that this last Twilight appearance made her realize this is really the end. “I’ve been holding off the sadness, but it’s getting me now,” she said.

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