Pick a genre and you’ve probably read this catch phrase.
‘John thinks he’ll finally get the promotion, but then he lives in a fool’s paradise.’
‘Her fool’s paradise ended the day she caught her cheating lover in bed with her best friend."
Writing a historical and worried about the inception of this phrase?
Unless, your characters are pre-1462, you’ll be safe. This phrase first found its way on page in the Paston Letters, 1462.
But what exactly does a fool’s paradise mean?
Shakespeare embraced its usage in Romeo and Juliet, and certainly that was one couple that lived in happiness based on false hope.
Writing current fiction . . . or non-fiction?
The phrase – a fool’s paradise – is still as potent today.
Artist, Shohei Otomo, debuted his work in September 2012, entitling his exhibition: Fool’s Paradise.
The phrase shows its relevance in modern newspapers, as shown in The New York Times Opinion Section, October 6, 2008, article by Bob Herbert, A Fool’s Paradise, “We’ve been living for years in a fool’s paradise atop a mountain of debt.”
HolidayInsights.com has even determined that some wish to celebrate the day. July 13th is listed in their registry as Fool’s Paradise Day. Perhaps, it is just a day to
believe that anything is possible. Perhaps, a day not to worry about detrimental truth. And perhaps, it’s simply a day to assume that no matter the worst . . . it will all be over in a single day.
Whatever your take on the day, be careful not to live in a fool’s paradise.
Someday the truth will win out . . .
But then that’s a phrase explanation for another day.