"Ron was funny, and as intelligent as he cared to be, but both too laid-back and too literal-minded to appreciate subtle games. He simply couldn't be arsed, and she didn't expect him to."
This is one of my favorite descriptions of Ron Weasley. It's from "Tiger by the Tail" by thimble_kiss
, a terrific HG/VK post-war story. While I'm not usually a fan of Hermione/Ron stories, I really don't like Ron-bashing. He's a likable guy, just not suited for Hermione. For that matter, I'm not really into any Weasley-bashing. Molly seems to be the one that takes the brunt of the abuse; I see her as a strong woman who loves her family (actual & adopted) deeply. As someone who has chosen to stay home and be a full-time mom, I can relate to her. Not that I have any problem with moms that choose to work outside of the home, I just don't want them to have a problem with those of us that don't.
OK - that got a little off track... :D I really just wanted to throw this description of Ron out there because I really think thimble_kiss
has hit the nail on the head with who Ron really is. I remember reading once in a story where Hermione was talking about Ron and about how he couldn't be relied upon, because he "always leaves"; referring to how he would withdraw from Harry and/or Hermione when he got angry and how he left in DH. I don't really think that's quite fair to judge him that way, he was still just a kid and had kid reactions to difficult situations. I like to think as he grew up and matured, he would have outgrown that tendency. Mad Martha at marthas_library
writes a lovely Ron in her stories. Be aware that she writes Harry/Ron stories; if you are OK with that pairing, her stories are some of the best (of any ship!) that I've read!