For nearly two years now I have been trying - with several failed attempts - to write a novel. I feel like my ideas, however, aren't up to par... either that, or someone has "already done it". Lately, I've been interested in doing one of two (or both) novels; one a fantasy romance novel, and the other a culture of mythical creatures with coups, bloodline feuds, hot-tempers on the brink of exploding... something more involved and complicated than a romance. I haven't figured out what I'm doing for the second of the two, but the first I've got a pretty good general idea. My problem is that I'm afraid it'll get written off as a Stephenie-Meyer-copycat, and that'll be the end of my novel. Like Twilight, it'll involve a human and some sort of fantasy creature (of whose kind I've yet to invent... simply because it seems as though all the "good" mythical creatures have been taken and people are tired of seeing the same things over and over again), but a plot that is more complicated. I can't reveal the entire thing here, because I'm too paranoid that someone will see my idea as a good one and take it for themselves - I guess that's the risk I run by even putting this on a public forum. But in any case, how does everyone feel about romances between fantasy creatures and humans? Are they passé? Is that just one of those things that people feel has "already been done"? Overused? And what about the influence of werewolves in literature? After Twilight, it seems as though the bulk of people don't want any more werewolves nor want to consider them, even if the storyline is thick and complicated. I'm sure there's been many Twilight-related threads here, and I'm sorry if I've dredged up yet another conversation about the wickedly popular Meyers. Personally, I feel as though Twilight has just made everything overdone... whether it's romances, mythical creatures, or whatever. And I know that's not true, but that's the vibe I'm getting from my work. Does anyone have anything different to share?