Good afternoon lads,
I'll be straight forward - how do people notice difference between good story and utter crap and how to avoid getting into latter category?
For example, you sit down and read "Spawn" comic book, without rose tinted glasses. You can clearly notice its a story that has quality in it.
Try googling for fanfic. It stinks! Even with the best grammar and accurate use of characters, even without bullshit powerups - it sucks!
It's not only that. Another example - anime.
Most of anime are based on manga. Sometimes Anime show different stuff from manga. Those are called fillers.
Fillers have good animation... but story stinks!
Maybe there are some "key points" in "non crappy story"?