I decided to start the year off reading the original The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) by Carlo Collodi and I was scarred for life by a passage very early on wherein the Jiminy Cricket characters says, 'Pinocchio you're lazy and super lame lol' and then Pinocchio loses his shit and smashes him to death with a hammer.
Yes, Pinocchio kills, nay, viciously and violently MURDERS Jiminy at the beginning. Yet somehow Jiminy or Ghost of Jiminy still makes several recurring appearances throughout the rest of the book. Rising from the dead, or from apparent death/near death is a pretty common occurrence in Pinocchio so it's impossible to depend on any characters' exit. I'm half convinced Pinocchio dies partway through the book and the rest of it takes place in some purgatorial bizarro world.
Many of the plot points are the same in the book as they were in the Disney movie, though much darker, funnier, and wilder. Also Pinocchio is an insufferable, ungrateful, betraying superbrat with literally zero good qualities except that he's one tiny notch less awful than most of the other naughty monster boys in the book.
Pinocchio is startling and often infuriating. Our titular hero keeps making the same damn bad kid mistakes over and over, and his gentle, ever-optimistic, never-berating-him-and-grounding-his-ass-like-they-should elders just keep saying that whatever he does is okay. Dude, he ran away to an endless pleasure land and got turned into a donkey. That's not cool.
It was a fascinating read though it didn't really grip me, except for the Jiminy's murder, which is still sending shockwaves through my equanimity. The best passage of the book which did not involve insect homicide or Pinocchio being dredged in flour and almost deep-fried was the description of a carriage ride, because the carriage interior was as "soft as chocolate pudding and whipped cream" and how amazing does that sound?? Someone get me a chocolate pudding car immediately.