Sometimes it's better that one recently discovered the ship because then they didn't have to sit and wait every week for an episode to come out or these long breaks lol. I like how back then I could just fly through the episodes one after the other, but then it came to a halt around episode XY63 (I still forget exactly when I started lol).I'm not too old to this ship either. I only started to watch xyz in April.
I also really like how Serena's love for Ash is genuine and unconditional. She likes him because of his personality and not for his looks. Wait a minute.......now I think about it, did Serena ever appreciated Ash's looks?
And everybody loves tomato Serena. Period.
As for appreciating his looks, one could argue the stare she gave him in the Serena Becomes Ash episode. It's funny that they each had one of those moments, but also intriguing at the same time.