The difference between a soap and a good movie is exactly the difference between this and a good book. A good book, just like a movie, creates a world, an atmosphere, where a little detail, like a smile of a particular character, says more than the actually words, because you know and understand the character or situation that is sketched. Saying more with less. This is a quality Coelho doesn't understand or possess. Why use a metaphor, if you are going to explain what the metaphor stands for? Why keep repeating relations, feelings, etc., you already pointed out? It doesn't give me, as the reader, the idea I'm being taken seriously by the author.