I watched Angel before I became too involved in fandom, and as I was watching I just assumed everyone would love Fred. That everyone would root for and ultimately understand Fred/Wesley’s relationship. What I found when I turned to the internet to see fandom’s reaction? So many people hated Fred, on the basis that she was weak. When questioned, the only arguments these people could come up with was that she was an anorexic “stick” who came in the way of Wesley/Lilah and Gunn/Wesley’s “bromance.” The way people view feminine characters who choose not to wield swords, female characters who don’t have superpowers, particularly within the Buffyverse, often sickens me. (If you want to read my Fred ~feels you can find them here, and if you don’t believe that there is hate/haven’t come across it, here are some examples)
Furthermore, Fred/Wesley has ALWAYS been berated as being one-sided and based purely on Wesley’s idealism. I’m here to tell you that this is a gross misconception. It’s a wonderfully whole journey, despite the fact that their official relationship only really held for little more than an episode. This is how one of the most ill-fated, misunderstood relationships in the history of television is my favourite pairing.