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Explosions and FEELINGS (and More Explosions) (Guest Post by T. Eric Bakutis)
While I enjoy mindless action as much as the next person, stories where I can genuinely empathize with the folks currently shooting at each other have always been the most memorable for me. James Bond is entertaining, but every lost ally and vanquished foe is a footnote or wisecrack. Bond doesn’t suffer. Jason Bourne suffers, even after he’s singlehandedly pummeled eight thugs into unconsciousness with a tea cozy or something. But he feels bad about it afterward, right? You see the toll the violence takes on him, and his victories are not so much victories as survival and often, the …