I have to admit that everything in my story-brain at the moment seems to be action/reaction driven. There’ve been chases. There’ve been kidnappings. There’s been some nasty hand-to-hand fighting. I may even have beaten a couple of characters senseless. And someone got stabbed. More than once. On the whole it’s been rather good fun!
On a side note: I often think of my characters as being a bit like the toons in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in that they get shot (yeah that happened too), beaten, stabbed, punched in the kisser, etc. and they all get up and move on. Not quite like actors, because my characters are my characters, but they just don’t take it as personally as you’d expect. If I met the author of events in my life, I think I might have a bit of a beef with them if everything went as badly as it has for some of my characters.
Anyway, the thing I enjoy about action driven adventures/dramas/thrillers as a writer is that they have a way of driving themselves. Action and reaction drive things forward constantly.
Which isn’t to say you don’t see/hear/read badly plotted ones, but when writing them I find I do a lot less plot work. It’s almost like a choose-your-own-adventure in your head… “do they go right or left after breaking out of the van?”… which leads you to the next action or reaction and so on. I suspect my writing daemon may have had a misspent childhood of reading those kind of books.