Years ago, I wrote a post about the craptastic name Renesmee. The purpose of the post was to dissuade people from using the name, mainly because it’s indelibly associated with Twilight, which is an equally craptastic series of books.
Recently, I learned something rather amazing. That the one and only Stephenie Meyer — author of Twilight and inventor of sparkly vampires — actually agrees with me.
Not about the books, of course, but about the name.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, Meyer was quoted as saying: “I would never name a real child Renesmee.”
Check it out:
EW: You named Bella and Edward’s daughter Renesmee, which has been a source of ridicule even among ardent Twilight fans.
SM: I am someone who strongly believes in reality, and that you don’t monkey around with people’s names. Whether they become a stripper or a lawyer has a large part to do with the name you give them. I would never name a real child Renesmee. But in fantasy, you can name your characters anything you want. I couldn’t have named [Bella and Edward’s] child Lindsay. I couldn’t have named her anything that already exists — it would have felt wrong. I had to pick a name that I felt was completely and totally unique, which opens you up to heckling. Which I’ve taken. I take all my heckling, and I totally get it!
EW: Someone is probably naming their real-life child Renesmee even as we speak.
SM: Well, that really disturbs me. [Laughs]
I love that she isn’t lukewarm about it. She’s not like, “Oh, Renesmee is fine, just not my style.” The idea of Renesmee being used as a real human name disturbs her. So awesome.
This makes my whole week.
Source: Q & A: Stephenie Meyer, Aug. 2012