On Friday evening, I joined some friends to go see Star Trek: Into Darkness. On Saturday evening, I set out to see Iron Man Three. On Sunday, I did not watch any films, but found myself still searching for a word.
If you’ve seen either of these movies, or the trailers for them, or any of a hundred films similar to them, I think you will recognize the phenomenon: some explorers with tremendous firepower – or masked/unmasked heroes, or freedom fighters determined to mess things up – get in some kind of chase or brawl, and every object around is subject to be collateral damage. These fictitious cities always have a heck of a cleanup job, and we rarely, if ever, see any of it.
Their souls were drifting as the sea,
and all good towns and lands
they only saw with heavy eyes,
and broke with heavy hands.
I need a word for the distressed wince that accompanies the destruction of something fair to see, whether it be a bank, a home, a car, a spaceship, a monument.
Portmanteaus are getting me nowhere (pulcringitude? fairecoil?); attempts to find an already-existent term lost me in the wilds of TvTropes for an hour. Rereading of Eldred’s sorrow for the things that had been fair helps with quiet meditation but not with neologizing.
Like Thalia, I open the floor. What would you call it?