In typical porn, the story is compressed and Act 3 occupies the substantial space. The Dramatic Question is simple: will they fuck?
In literary porn, this is rarely the question. There are other things going on, other progressions. The Story of O, e.g., is more concerned with O’s existential state. The Story of the Eye is about where Simone is taking her specific fetish. In these, sexual activity becomes a metaphor or cipher; it’s a means to an end.
In Fifty Shades of Grey, the sex is also a means, for Ana to realise her romantic interests.
But this isn’t good. It’s subjugating eroticism under romance. Erotic excess is only justifiable within that frame or for that goal. Sex becomes work (contra Bataille). The unfettered enjoyment of sex as sex is diminished - not the point of porn at all!
But if the pornographic novel (like Concupiscence) is resolutely focused on unfettered eroticism with no other aspects (work, family, religion, politics), where else can it go? If there is no denial of sex and all is reduced to that single relationship between erotic collaborators, what other Dramatic Question can surface?
It’s a risk. Do we avoid the Dramatic Question altogether? Do we lose the hook for the reader and maybe their engagement?
Or do we pick one that’s too trite, too normative, and potentially turn the pornographic novel into a romance-with-sex?
That would be very much Betraying The Mission Statement!