In her essay Catherine Gallagher describes how belief in a novel's story came to be replaced with "ironic credulity". She particularly describes how Fielding wholly embraced the imaginary nature of his stories, not attempting like previous authors to feign factual accuracy. This is especially apparent in Shamela, a work of fiction that retells and parodies another work of fiction. Without the advent of fictionality, Shamela would represent a disagreeing take on the true events occurring in Pamela. This would render either Fielding or Richardson the "true" teller of Pamela's life. Instead, Shamela is able to exist on its own as a critique of Pamela both conceptually and in form. I hope to explore exactly how Fielding embraces his audience's ironic credulity to create an effective parody.