Origin of Genies

The Ludicrous Wishes, by Charles Perrault

The Ludicrous Wishes, a.k.a. The Ridiculous Wishes, The Three Ridiculous Wishes, or Les Souhaits ridicules, is a French fairy tale written by Charles Perrault in 1697. It predates the arrival of Arabian Nights in Europe and could be the inspiration for the modern trope of genies granting wishes that don’t turn out the way people expect.