I think that's why readers have fallen in love with paranormals. Vampires and werewolves, after all, are not expected to be politically correct. They get to bite people, grow hair, and run wild in the woods. They don't have to wear bows, paint their toenails pink and sit in your lap gazing at you adoringly. You have to chase them -- or maybe run from them -- and that makes them a lot more interesting to be around.From Angela Knight's blog post on "Where have all the balls gone?"
Agree? Disagree? Think AK is plain awesome? (I do!)
I also think she's right on the money about the alphaness of the men being part of the appeal of paranormals. If the world is done right, then we, as readers, are willing to accept a lot more from these men than we would from men in contemporaries, for example.
(p.s. JR Ward fans - make sure to read the comments under the linked post for a very interesting back and forth discussion)