Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stuffed in The Bottle

A colorful bottleImage via WikipediaGenies are stuffed into bottles all the time...but I wonder why? Did Pandora use the last box? I guess the phrase "bottled up" is as close to the truth as I'm going to get.

What would a person stuff into a bottle and lock away? Not something with a great power they can use, that's for sure. It's something fearful. Things like forbidden desires and dark magic. Stuff you KNOW is wrong and yet you're tempted with anyway. (No wonder they stuffed Christina in there! She looks like jailbait in this video.)

So you put your former ally/scapegoat in a bottle and put a cork in it. It's not the genie's fault you can't control yourself, is it? I would be pretty pissed if I had to be stuck in a bottle. Hence, the bottled djinn vintage is usually....unhappy. How many stories are there about angry djinn and their masters? A bazillion? Hint: NO masters in my MS. 

Actually, djinn can be bound to any object. Like the Horcrux idea, the object is a vessel for the spirit, and the object can be a person, as Harry demonstrates. You might say Harry is! (As opposed to majnoon which means crazy and translates to "with the djinn".) 

So why would a djinn even get into such a bad situation? Curiosity. Our world is interesting to them and they get tangled up in it if they get too close to someone, or someplace. I have to stop here...or I'll get too far into my story. ;)

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Will Burke said...

I've had a lot of fun with the psychological implications of traditional stories, and it's nice to see others getting pulled into this head-trip.

Old Kitty said...

Djinn with issues!! Wow!! You'd have to be pretty powerful to stuff a Djinn in a bottle and put a cork on it and curse the poor djinn too!! Where does all these three wishes come about then? How interesting!!

I think your novel is going to be so amazing!!! It's so tantalizing! Take care

Colene Murphy said...

Huh, I never thought about why the bottle. Interesting stuff there. Also interested in where the wishes came from?

Jules said...

I don't know Barbara Eden had one cool bottle :) Nut that outfit? :0

Never thought about why bottles? HUM...

Hey check out my post today ;)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Carolyn Abiad said...

LOL! @Old Kitty and Colene: Your wish has been granted! Look for a post about wishes next Wednesday! :)

Carolyn V said...

Oh, I always thought of them in bottles. I can't wait to hear about the wishes! =D

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, this is fun! I had thought they'd be bottled like... you should bottle that (save something precious to use later) but if I were a person *cough* I'd be really pissed about being restrained! LOVE the horcrux parallel... THAT I can totally grasp... having DEBATED horcruxes and the nature of them for a solid few years between Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows (and I PREDICTED Harry would be one--okay... no... I BELIEVED someone when THEY argued it)

Christopher said...

I'd at least want to be stuck in a bottle of good wine.

Creepy Query Girl said...

very true. Why a bottle? Don't lamps work too? Then again, I was so jealous of 'I dream of jeanie's' bedroom inside her bottle (or was it a lamp?) lol

Avo said...

Perhaps there is a connection between tardises and bottles? ; j

BTW, I came upon this post in my daily blog stroll; thought you might be interested:


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