I think people start writing on Episode with mafia stories. They want to get reads fast and get on trending as quick as possible. All mafia stories go the same way. MC has no money and either an abusive boyfriend or no one ever touches her, LI is a brooding, hot guy, who all the ladies want. They meet, he becomes possessive, kills anyone that looks at her, and so on.
Most of the mafia stories I have read have no actual plot other than: kill, be angry, break-up, and have s*x. Yet, they always get on trending.
The trope is problematic, and people who write mafia stories don’t get how harmful the trope actually is.
It isn’t cute. Killing people isn’t cute. Don’t romanticize the mafia. Nothing about it is cute or romantic.