EW Interviews Stephenie Meyer for EW 'Fall Movie Preview' Issue
After Breaking Dawn-Part 2 is released Nov. 16, we'll have reached the cinematic end of The Twilight Saga. How are you feeling?
I've been holding off the sadness, but it's starting to get to me. I miss everyone-Kristen, Taylor, and Rob. I'm used to seeing them every day.
You're currently working on a film adaptation of another of your books, The Host. Has your experience with Twilight changed how you feel about turning your books into movies?
It's hard to say. As a general rule, my experience has been positive, and as an author I don't think anyone has been offered the access I've had. With every movie I've become a little bit more involved. I really like to be used as a resource-like if an actor has a question about backstory. And recently, on the set of The Host, I was the only person on the entire set who noticed that there was a cherry-picker tractor in the back of a scene. So I'm useful every now and then-I have fantastic eyesight. [Laughs]
You even had a cameo in Breaking Dawn-Part 1, as a wedding guest of Edward and Bella's wedding.
It wasn't my idea-and I hated that dress! I hate to look at myself on film. But the actual experience, aside from freezing our butts off, was great. I was sitting with [producer] Wyck Godfrey, who has also been there since day one, and we made up a backstory: He was a deputy policeman, and our marriage was on the rocks because he was in love with [Bella's father] Charlie. We had a lot of fun sitting in that cold forest.
You named Bella and Edward's daughter Renesmee, which has been a source of ridicule even among ardent Twilight fans.
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!
Someone is probably naming their real-life child Renesmee even as we speak.
Well, that really disturbs me. [Laughs]
Do you have a favorite among the Twilight movies?
Not to say it's the best, because all of them have things to recommend them, but I think New Moon is the one that most closely dovetails with what I had in my head. It might help that I love [director] Chris Weitz-he's a dream to work with. Everyone was fun to work with, but Chris and I really got each other.
When you were writing the first Twilight, could you ever have imagined it would become such a phenomenon?
If I'd had any idea that anyone would see what I was doing, I'd have stopped immediately. Id' never have been able to finish it. It's a huge amount of pressure, and it's taken me forever to be able to call myself an author. I'm a reader, and to me authors are magical creatures.
Do you ever watch True Blood or The Vampire Diaries to see what all these other vampires are up to?
No. I'm a huge coward. [Laughs] I'm actually really squeamish.