As writers, we don't get to create our death-defying 'moments' with CGI. Or have a broken heart montage set to the World Spins Madly On by the Weepies (seriously, that song is in every Mandy Moore RomCom). Which means sometimes we pluck the string of tension and drama in other ways. Ways that out of context might seem a bit unrealistic. . .
What are some common dramatic reactions you see in books? How would you rate them in real world pain?