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There seems to be a public perception that romance as a genre is trivial and silly, and romance novels sometimes provoke sneers from literature snobs. Do you ever feel ashamed or embarrassed to admit to reading romance novels?
I'd like to say no, but there are certainly times (and audiences) when I would rather not admit to reading romance. Of course, there are levels of romance. I'm always happy to admit to reading a bit of Philippa Gregory, or Austen. Reading a cheeky mills and boon though, I wouldn't bring up to many people.