Okay, so basically, I am about 3/4ths through the first draft of a book that I have been working on since mid-October. It was spurred on by some Twilight fan telling me, upon me critisising Stepheni Meyer, that "You can't write a better vampire novel!" You can see where this is going. I brainstormed for about two months before an idea occurred to me. Here's a basic rundown of the plot: It starts out as a crime novel and takes place in London. You know, the prologue is the murder from the POV of the victim (Done in short and confusing sentences in an attempt at building up some tension), then the police find the body, and it becomes obvious that some unknown animal has fed on it. However, over the next few days, a lot of people around my main character die horrible deaths. Eventually, he decides to go home from work and see if his long-time girlfriend is okay. On the way, a bum which he has been noticing for the last few days on his way to work. The guy attacks MC with a maw of sharp fangs, but MC is saved by a guy with a gun and a machete who messily chops the creature's head off. They start escaping, but more vampires (As the machete guy tells MC) are coming. Just when everything looks like it's going to hell in a handbasket, someone starts picking off the vampires, eventually driving them off. When this has been done, the newcomer descends from a spiral staircase, introducing himself as a friend of Machete Guy and carries a large rifle on his back. They go back to their base, where the last member of this bunch of vampire killers is waiting, a female vampire. The four of them go about to discover what is causing all of the vampire attacks, eventually leading to much misery and a full-scale war. Now, I have tried to stray away from conventions: The weapons and described battle scenes are not realistic, they are meant to be awesome and gory. There are horror sequences in the story, and my rules for vampires are pretty much those of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with a few changes (Garlic, holy symbols and crossroads? Really? But I gave mercury the effect that holy water had.). Eventually, most of the main characters die and their cause ends up being pretty much forfeit, because the war they are trying to avoid happens anyway. The main villain is the bastard son of Charlemagne the Great who wants to make vampires the superior race, rather than them having to hide their existence out of fear of becoming extinct. Now, I have never seen Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Blade or anything like my story (Except for a rather obscure animé named Hellsing). My question is, would this just be another clichéed vampire romp? And if it is, any idea what to do about it? I like the story and my characters, and I would rather not get rid of them.