Re: why mafia Au is popular- I get why a lot of people don't like it (personally I don't read/write) but it is one of the few that actually have decent reason to exist bc there really was a Viktor Nikiforov (nicknamed Kalina) who was a notorious criminal in the Russian mob, the son of a boss, and who was killed by another famous criminal. So there's at least precedence if nothing else going for that particular Au lol.
yeah, that makes sense!
but then like… right, there’s the name coincidence. and then there are yoi fans who got into figure skating and keep commenting (and i agree it’s really annoying) “wow just like yuuri!” on yuzuru hanyu’s fs videos and people in the fandom get rightfully annoyed by it… and then there’s this guy in organized crime that shares victor’s name and people don’t even bat an eyelash at it.
like one thing is an annoying but harmless comparison between a fictional character and a real athlete. the other is taking a historic criminal guy who shares names with a good fictional character and distorting a perfectly good and healthy relationship for the sake of edginess?
idk i’m pretty much ranting on this but like… i don’t think it’s good, either of them.