Mods please move it if not the correct place. I started my story with vampires as primary baddies. However, I've come to realize that it's not necessary that my baddies are vampires at all. It dawned on me that, if I wrote vampires, I would be jumping on a bandwagon, as well as being restricted to a myth and all its implications. If I invented my own creatures, even if vampire-based, it would stand out from other books. My baddies drink blood of humans, but they might just as well sustain themselves with other things if I wanted them to. Although the blood of someone is the main ingredient of the story, it doesn't force me to treat the baddies as vampires. The problem is that I think some of the vampiric traits such as immortality would be cool to have. But, I don't want people to say I wrote vampires when I named them, say, "joes". Another problem is that I've already built a few characters with their vampirity in mind, so eliminating vampires would force me to change them, some slightly, some more. How to get rid of this dilemma? Should I just go with vampires or attempt to create a different, although similar, creature?