August 16, 2022
I’ve always enjoyed reading books, comparing them to the movie, usually reading the book first. It all started when I was young, and my mom would give me a book that had a movie coming out. Although I have seen and read the Disney version of Pinocchio, I did enjoy read the original version. Probably, mostly, because it’s not the same.
Hope you enjoy!
I finally finished reading Pinocchio, the original, translated to English from Italian. I actually finished a while ago but am just now able to write about it.
Go ahead, make a fool of yourself, then maybe you’ll listen to your conscience.
~ Jiminey Cricket
I chose to read the original Pinocchio on my own accord…no one forced me. I honestly wanted to see what differences there were for myself, between the original and the Disney story. Well, yeah, there are obviously.
The Adventures of Pinocchio is a classic children’s novel written by C. Collodi in 1881, first appearing in “Children’s Magazine. In 1883 the story was published as a book. The original story ended with Pinocchio’s hanging, but fan’s didn’t like the ending, so the author changed the ending. It was translated into several languages, the English version appearing in 1892. Disney made a cartoon/film in 1940.” (Britannica)
The story I have is copyrighted 1936.
The book is 157 pages and 36 chapters long. I could have finished it in a couple days, but chose to only read 3 chapters a night before bed. This way I could kind of savor it, digesting the differences between Disney and the original story.
In the story I read, Pinocchio is hung, but he doesn’t die. There are other differences as well. Some being, he burns his feet off when he falls asleep, kills the cricket, the fairy has blue hair, he killed a serpent by making it laugh to death, and is drowned by the farmer who bought him as a donkey, which only turns him back into a marionette…among other things. I won’t give it all away, obviously.
Overall, the book is a good, light read. I would recommend it, if for no other reason than to add it to your collection. I personally like reading books such as these, originals that may or may not have been changed in some way, even if they are just “children’s stories”. There is almost always a lesson, or moral, taught in such a story. The Disney version is a simplified tale, but still tells a story about a little marionette that wants nothing more than to a be a real boy, who has to learn some valuable lessons before his wish comes true.
~ the blue fairy
I do hope to do more bookish posts in the near future. I am making it a priority, again, to get back in the habit of reading every night, or almost every night.
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“In this world, we should treat everyone kindly as far as it is possible,
that we ourselves may be treated kindly when we need it.”
~ Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio