Re: What is the making of a storyteller?
Still I think good storytelling is in part a measure of imagination and how effectively someone can make the unreal seem real, and also in part being able to tap into people's emotions, understanding what they care about and why they care about it.
Amped was primarily a superhero fantasy, the protagonist starts out as nobody and through a series of events finds himself becoming increasingly powerful, but there's also a love interest in there and a morality pet that gets beaten up, in the end what ties it all together is the moral that technology is merely an enabler, whether it saves us or destroys us will be up to us to decide.
From a literary theory perspective this is just more of the same-old same-old with a topical theme, a cheeseburger of literature, it was good but not great.
A great story is like Tsutomu Nihei's manga "Blame!" (pronounced "Blam" as in the gunshot noise) which in my opinion is a masterpiece because there are many points where the downer ending has come and you think the story is over, but it continues, it's Sisyphean, and I've never encountered another story quite like that, so devoid of hope, yet inspiring precisely because the protagonist continues in spite of the utter hopelessness as if driven by something deeper than hope, some kind of profound existentialist understanding that precludes the necessity of hope it seems.