There is something about the myth around genies that has always caught my imagination. The magic, the wish, the rules.
When I find it in something I'm reading, or watching, it's always a nice thrill, but it's also not something that I've come across all that often. Partly, I think, because it's not as mainstream as werewolves and vampires. It's a side plot or gimmick, not a main story concept.
Here are the top three that come to mind.
Rachel Caine's Weather warden series heavily featured Djinn. This is a series I binge read, and one I very much want to go back and get lost in again. More so after learning that Rachel has passed on. Every time I think of Djinn this is the first thing that comes to mind.
I Dream of Jeannie might have been before my time (I checked and could not believe that it was actually before I was born, 1965-1969), but it was one of those classics that was always on replay somewhere.
And, of course, we can't forget about Aladdin and his lamp either, in any of its versions. This also appeals to the musical lover in me; can't beat a bit of song and dance.
Each of these stories have their own set rules and stereotypes for Genie's. Aladdin's Genie, is blue. I dream of a Jeannie nods her head and blinking to grant her wishes. I wanted to play on those in A Genie's Day Off. There is a string of dialogue that I wrote that was some of the most fun I had writing the Ernie series, and it that leans into this directly.
Writing a story with a Genie in it was one of my early ideas, and I have no doubt other versions of it will appear over time. The version I used in Wishing for Truths, and A Genie's day off, was one that fit into Ernie's world very nicely.
Now that John has found his home in that world, I suspect there are other stories he is going to want to tell.
What are some of your favourite stories with Genies? and their stereotypes?