ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs
Vampires. Shapeshifters. Werewolves. Genies. Dragons. Ghosts.
Wait a second. This list includes a genie. Is that a paranormal character? Believe it or not, genies can be classified as paranormal beings; but, little consideration has been given to including genie characters in the paranormal genre. That is, until now.
The title of this blog article is a misnomer in a sense because the genie character is not new. Genies have a “lifespan” reaching even farther back than vampires. One very popular ancient tale including genie types is the tale of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp which is included in the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales called One Thousand and One Nights – stories that are considered pre-Islamic folklore. This tale has translated into English as one designed for children’s literature but according to studies on these mythical creatures, the playful version of the genie is just one aspect of the variety of genies that exist. Based on research done by Rosemary Gullet and Philip Imbrogno in a book entitled, The Vengeful Djinn, genies can come in various colors including green, blue, and red with each becoming more sinister with variation in color. Green genies are considered the more “playful” types; the blue ones are more mature yet maniacal; and the red ones are the most dangerous of them all.
Western culture is also familiar with the genie character in its many forms through television shows and films. Hollywood introduced a more child-like genie in its hit films Aladdin and Kazaam and in television shows like I Dream of Jeannie. It even played around with more sinister versions of genie characters in films like Wishmaster and two films released in 2013 and 2014 called Djinn and Jinn, respectively.
In my recent paranormal romance novel, The Vital Sacrifice, genies take on human form complete with magical powers that genies are known for; but, with a mature story line. This novel also takes on some characteristics of historical fiction with some of the plot taking place in the past within two significant time periods: during the time of King Saladdin’s rule and during the Spanish Inquisition right after the fall of the Spanish Moors. These beings live among mankind in male form and live within predetermined boundaries and rules as set forth in the novel. Although there are some aspects of their lives that are mystical in form, they live life like normal humans in order to avoid suspicion and unnecessary turmoil with their human counterparts as do most paranormal creatures.
To learn more about this novel, click Books and More on this site’s navigation links. And don’t forget to take a look at my recently updated Pinterest page that will provide more insight into the lifestyles of some of the main characters in my book.