I have been reading a couple of trending mafia stories, either from the app or screenshots in IG. Best to my knowledge, mafia stories could be the most popular subgenre in Trending. Needless to say, so far most of the mafia/gang stories I’ve read in this app tend to be not good. Not just because of the usual slew of problematic themes and characters, but also because they are badly written stories in general. Especially the ones with the mafia princess MC and tend to be extremely violent and quirky.
Thing is, I also read some good gang stories on occasion, which are War Dogs, Poison and Venomous (the featured one). They contain a lot of similar elements of mafia/gang stories of course, but somehow these are often executed better in stories like above.
Anyone, whether mafia romance fanatic, hater, critic and in-between, what are your thoughts on how, what and why mafia stories are popular? Are they really glorifying or romanticising gang violence? Have you read any good stories with mafias or gangs? Is it even possible to write an absolutely good mafia story? Would I be able to stop obsessing over them from now on?