There is a line in this book that perfectly describes it:
This book says, ‘life isn’t fair’ and I’m telling you, one and all, you better believe it.
So in between true love were disappointments, nightmares, tortures, and a huge number of deaths that exceeded the death restrictions granted to fairy tales. Again, quoting from the book:
Get used to disappointment.
But don’t despair because Willaim Goldman belives in happy endings too, and for a Tale of True Love and High Adventure, that’s all that really matters. That, and the lovable characters, wicked villains, and a wonderful story. Throw in some good humor in the form of unexpected shocks and-
Interruption, and hey, how about giving old Morgenstern credit for a major league fake-out there.
-then you’ve got yourself a classic that’s one for the ages. Read it. Now.