Amelia Bedelia is not a native speaker of English.
It's the only way that she can suffer from such chronic Blunt Metaphors Trauma
and still have gainful employment.
- Seemingly Jossed by the Young Amelia Bedelia books, which clearly present her as an all-American girl.
Amelia Bedelia has Asperger syndrome.
This mild form of autism is the other major cause of Blunt Metaphors Trauma
. Other people have noticed this
- This makes a lot of sense, as the books are sometimes used to teach idioms to children with Asperger syndrome.
- The book is also very popular with kids who have Aspergers for this very reason: they find her deliberate misinterpretation of figures of speech even more hysterical.
- This theory has become even more widespread in regards to the Young Amelia Bedelia titles.
Amelia Bedelia actually does understand the directions she's given
She just deliberately bothers by the book
as revenge against employers who have given ambiguous instructions and reprimanded her for following them.
- One could assume that most of the time she obeys instructions with perfect understanding, it's just that from time to time she sees fit to take revenge, for her own amusement (the ingredients and recipes for her amnesty-inducing treats are procured in advance.)
- An amusing idea, but again, if you accept the Young Amelia Bedelia books as canon, it's not so. She really does just take things literally.
Amelia Bedelia is having an affair with Mr. Rogers.
You don't think cookies alone are a good enough reason to keep someone like that around, do you?
- A fanfic has explained why he wouldn't enjoy it even if he did.
Amelia Bedelia makes even better cookies than the books imply.
- You mean to say Amelia Bedelia is a Time Lady?
- Sounds more like a companion to one actually.
- Both are single, so it's not an affair.
Amelia Bedelia is a distant relative of Baldrick
Amelia Bedelia has the same "gift of obedience" as in Ella Enchanted, which compels her to take instructions literally even when she knows the figurative meanings.
Despite being Literal-Minded
, she understands long worded commands with ease.
- Amelia Bedelia and her friends/family are shown using modern technology which didn't exist at the time of the original books (in which she was older) and Amelia Bedelia herself seems rather more on top of things, not withstanding still often taking certain things literally.