Although I'm having a hard time finishing my almost complete vampire manuscript which is actually number 2 in my trilogy. Prequel and Sequel ideas are in the pipeline! My thought of modernising a tale of old but changing the based subject comes to my head! Basically, I am quite interested in recreating the Phantom of the Opera but not set in a Theatre. A setting of a modern day racecourse and no singing! How would I avoid plagiarism? I'd change names and setting but the basic plot would almost be the same. Or should I leave it alone and not go there? I'm a bit of a Petrolhead and have even tried to write a Knight Rider related story, filling in the void left after the series on tv with the Hoff finishing. Long before the remake series came to the screen and ruined my plotline somewhat! Any advice on avoiding plagiarism would help, it might even help make sure my vampire novels don't end up copying an already published author? Any help at all, it doesn't have to be plagiarism related? Help with my vampire predicament of starting in the middle with lots of information to take in and then adding the prequel and sequels too would be appreciated?