I know thanks to Twilight the whole the whole vampire thing has just been done to death which is something I find really frustrating because I've written and re-written my novel so many times in the last six years which happens to revolve around a more traditional vampire rather than sparkly ones. I still want to persevere with my story because in essence I really love it, the characters have been worked on well and I know them as well as I know myself, there are twists and the plot line is exciting (I hope), but I'm not sure now if I should scrap vampires and replace it with demons and how to open the book. But one dilemma at a time. 1) Vampires; So the story is essentially a vampire story but in this case the main character is a vampire but just isn't aware of this until the events of this book, and she's not particularly happy about it when she does find out. There are complicated reasons behind this, vampirism being a type of virus which manifests in a host body until they're in their teens when they 'awaken'. The science behind it is something I'm working on so it's believable to the reader but not too in depth, and it doesn't drive the story so I won't get into it too much. But does the world really need another vampire novel? Using vampires as the monsters they're intended to be rather than romanticising the undead was something I really wanted to do in this book but there are so many novels with vampires in available that it's giong to be like a drop in the ocean. I toyed with the idea of just having them as 'demons' but then demons don't necessarily need to do something as barbaric as drinking blood in order to survive. I'd appreciate any pro's or con's of continuing with vampires or suggestions anyone might have regarding this. 2) The Opening; So originally the book started out in a school with the main character bemoaning a detention she managed to get on the first day of the new term. It's important that she still has a detention at some point in the story as it's a plot point in a later chapter but is this the right way to open a book? It's a Young Adult so I want to just dive into the action but I can't just throw some vampires at the reader because it's too early, she's not meant to know they exist at the start of the novel. It's during the first chapter she meets the antagonist Elias for the first time and we get an insight into her attitudes and personality. But do I start on dialogue when she's discussing an event we haven't seen, or do I open on the event itself where she's getting the detention in question? How do you usually prefer a book to open? I want it to be a little humerous but not so much that you can't take the book seriously or it doesn't seem realistic. Any suggestions on how you've overcome a problem like this or how I might come up with alternatives which still fit the pace of the story?