Does this snobbery lead back to those early formative years, when you did not want to be seen hanging around with a certain group of people? Or by extension, reading a certain genre? I’ve encountered resistance to science-fiction in media forms and most of it has the same ring of, ‘SF is for nerds/geeks/weirdos’, and from female readers, some say that SF is for males by males. Apparently, the SF by ladies is full of feminist diatribe. Perhaps I don’t blame all the eye-rolling I get when I say that I’m writing science-fiction.
I know there is appalling SF, but awfulness exists in every genre. Don’t let the few ruin the multitude. For every shining example there are a million rip-offs, but white dwarfs, black holes, nebulas and dying red giants are part of the grand scheme too. As a genre, SF is infinitely expansive so there’ll always be room.