I need help. I have a story in the works, and almost my entire plot is complete. However, my problem is that my story has vampires in it. I like my plot, but my god I’m sick to death of vampires right now. Yes, I’ve made my vampires different from other people’s versions, but now I’m not sure if it’s enough. Also, I’m worried that my story is too similar in formula to “Twilight”. Let me just begin by saying that my story is not about teens, but rather young adults. I do plan on having a romantic subplot between a human girl and a male vampire. My story begins with my main character (who is 20) coming to live with her grandmother who lives in a retirement home in a small town in Kentucky. Obviously this is similar to how twilight begins, with the main female character returning to a place she visited as a child to live with a family member. I didn’t make the situation similar on purpose; it kind of just worked out that way. I want my main character, whose name is Clair, to return to a town she is somewhat familiar, but still not know a lot about the local history or people. Her grandmother is a minor but important character in the story, and it just made sense that the reason Clair would chose to move to a small town in KY would be because her grandmother already lived there. I have Clair moving into a large ante bellum retirement home with her grandmother. I know that’s weird, but it’s integral to my plot that Clair live there because it’s where she meets the vampire of my story, Oliver, who is a night nurse who works at the retirement home. Clair also meets other secondary characters there that progress the plot. Also, the retirement home is ideal, because while Clair has access to her grandmother whenever it’s important to the plot, it also allows her grandmother to fade into the background easily if I need her to not be around. Another feature the retirement home provides is that people can come and go from the house without suspicion because they could be visiting someone, and that is important to my plot as well. Anyways, only the beginning is really the concern about being too much like Twilight, because the rest of my story is completely different. My story involves a lot of actual history of the town my story occurs. The main plot revolves around Clair discovering evidence from the past that indicates that Oliver is older much older than he claims. Also prominent in my story are murders happening around the area, and the old library where Clair gets a job. The relationship between Oliver and Clair is a big part of the story, but also the mystery of who the killer is, and the mystery of Oliver’s past and how that plays into the killings and his relationship with Clair. I do plan on having Oliver mention other vampires when it comes to the point for him to explain to Clair how vampires in my universe function, but I don’t intend for my story to be mainly about vampires. I would remove that aspect, but it’s integral to my story. I’m also determined to make the relationships in my story blossom realistically over time rather than having two people meet and the next second be “unconditionally irrevocably in love”. So my question is should I head back to the drawing board, or do you think it’s possible for me to make this story unique and strong despite the overdone vampire romance thing? Is my beginning too much like twilight, or is it ok in its current formula?