I think the main problem a lot of aspiring writers have is that they don't feel as if they're doing something original, or someone says "it sound like [insert title here]". And recently I ran into that wall, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. The person who told me that my collective journals of study on mythical creatures from the viewpoint of a character reminded them of Fantastic Beasts, did express that the book was an encyclopedia (how a movie was made from it, I have no idea)-- and my idea was more insightful to someone's personal experience with fauns, harpies, centaurs, etc. While I have my own explicit opinions on Rowling's writing as a whole, I know that I am doing something original. As I have written express entries about certain creatures from how I would believe them to be as their own creatures with social values, etc, I could go on for hours, days maybe. Anyway, has anybody ever run into this wall when writing fantasy? There are so many books and movies about certain vampires and supernatural creatures, and they all run on some line of familiarity when it comes to their behavior, habits, and how to kill them. Do you go with your gut or take to those similarities? Do you make up your featuring habits and looks to your creatures?