In my novel, part of my plot involves a replica of Germany’s Reichstag Fire in 1933. In my novel, a schizophrenic sets alight an important government building in protest–don’t really want to go into why he’s protesting but bear with me. The end result is that the President becomes paranoid of a coup–again don’t want to go into it–and hires a private army. This event is important as it contributes to the increasing paranoia and delusion I build in one of my main characters–the President. My only concern is that this whole situation is unoriginal, and dear I say it, uncreative. I’m pretty much using history to help me build my story. Am I being too pedantic? Any comments would be much appreciated.