I've been puzzling for a long time about something for which I have no answer. Why are there porno-westerns, but not porno-mysteries, or porno-private eye novels, or porno-sci fi novels?
I'm not talking about the occasional erotic mystery or science fiction story. I am talking about formulaic porno-series, usually issuing once a month, that have become part of the western fiction scene since the 70s. I'm talking about Longarm and Jake Logan and a dozen imitators, which have six explicit sex scenes per novel and are intended for male readers. Most have been published by Berkley.
There are violent private eye series, such as Loren Estleman's, but I have never spotted porno-mysteries.
If other genres harbor this sort of porno-series, I am not aware of them. Why have there never been ongoing formulaic porno-mysteries, with the usual six sex scenes? I don't know the answer. To put it another way, why hasn't Berkley, the main purveyor of western porn, invaded any other genre with porno-series?
I sense that the steady output of porno-westerns (and some porno-violent westerns such as the Edge series) has been unique to the western field, and has gradually changed the readership of the genre over three decades, and I suspect it is one of several reasons genre westerns faded. Maybe someone better equipped than I to discuss the roots of popular literature will enlighten me.
Ed here: Well, I hope we get several responses to this because I have no wisdom to share. I've written so-called porno westerns and I've read a fair share of them. I see them as pretty much the same sort of pulp you found in Spicy Westerns back in the Thirties and as the linear descendents of all the soft-core Beacons and Midwoods of the Fifties and Sixties. Quick reads with some sex tossed in. It's interesting to note that the sex generally has no bearing on the plots freeing the writer to tell conventional old-fashioned pulp stories with lots of action played out against colorful settings. I've read some that would work very well with the sex scenes excised.
I'd disagree with you about them being one of the reasons the western genre failed. I pretty much hold to the contention (forget whose) that we've become so urbanized the Old West no longer holds mass appeal. The new version of 3:10 To Yuma has enough violence to satisfy Rambo fans. It's a long way from the Elmore Leonard story or the first movie. Again, I said I have no wisdom on the subject and I don't. These are just hunches and opinons.
As for why other genres don't have formulaic porn...good question. I do remember the 80s experiment with science fiction porn and it was hilarious. Is that a ray gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?