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In the realm of vampires, I do not know all the different "types" and descriptions associated with different mythos and folklore, but they are often depicted as really liking a few select peoples blood. Whether it be their smell, or taste or whatever, I can only guess that would be due to maybe a handful of factors.

1) The blood tastes better if they are attracted to the donor/victim
2) If they are of certain lineage or bloodline
3) Perhaps flavor based on the donor/victim's diet?
4) The donor/victim's blood type

I often see the portrayal of the vampires sipping the blood from a fluted wine glass, remarking on the excellence of it's vintage. So assuming that the blood type is a determining factor in a vampire's selection, would the rarer the blood type be more desirable? Would the neck of a person with Rh null blood (see bellow) be considered by a vampire to be like a jeroboam of Château Mouton-Rothschild, 1945?

So there's basically 8 general blood types I am aware of (but millions of variations when antigens and Rh are taken into account) those being A, B, AB, and O (each either positive or negative as assigned by Rh). Apparently it's possible to have a blood categorized by Rh that is null, meaning neither positive nor negative. Apparently, they can only receive blood that is also Rh null, however, because it is neither + nor - it can be given to all other blood types and is the TRUE universal donor blood type. According to the FastMed website -- at the time of it's writing -- there were only 9 donors in the world with Rh null blood, and that it is considered to be the "Rarest Blood Type"

I suppose we shouldn't count Bruce Almighty's ib+ (described as "I be positive" ...about one thing or another)

What do you know about vampire lore and blood preference? ...Watashi kininarimasu! (I'm Curious!) ~ Eru Chitanda would often say this in the mystery series "Hyouka"

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For reference, here is a link to FastMed.com website about blood rarity:
http://www.fastmed.com/health-resources/related-searches/what-is-the-rarest-blood-type

This one is to NewHealthGuide.org about blood types:
http://www.newhealthguide.org/Blood-Type-Chart.html

In Japanese culture, there is a belief that a person's ABO blood type or ketsueki-gata (血液型) is predictive of his or her personality, temperament, and compatibility with others. Wiki Link for that info:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_types_in_Japanese_culture
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Really the only thing I can think of is gender, why are male vampires usually drinking female humans blood. Does the opposite gender taste different?

But vampire lore is all over the place, so we really can't definitely know what tastes best. Although they prefer human blood over other animal blood.
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I hear lots of things about blood types and how people from other countries have specific blood types, like South Asia and B+.
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You got a mild obsession buddy, fantasy will only be fantasy.
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There could be a lot of other factors

blood sugar, cholesterol level and type, salt content, white blood cell count, etc.
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I'm no vampire but I do enjoy blood and organ meat as food. The flavor of blood differs the most among different species. I prefer pig's blood or cow's blood. Chicken blood tastes weird, and sheep, goats, and deer tend to be gamey. The blood of most fish is not very enjoyable to me. Snake blood is unmistakable but I don't enjoy it. My own blood isn't too bad but it also tastes different from pig or cow blood...mine has a deep metallic flavor and a degree of sweetness. Human blood would probably be pretty good but I am just speculating since I am not too experienced in that regard. How the particular animal lived its life also affects how it tastes. Blood from a young kurobuta pig that has been raised well tastes different from run-of-the-mill blood from old, suffering hogs you can find in some markets even though both are from pigs. Different methods of preparation and degrees of freshness, obviously, also affect flavor.

Just think of the blood as plain ol' meat and it's easier to understand.

Vampires supposedly have heightened senses so maybe I'd just be a pleb to them if they existed, but I guess we may never know. Depends on the writer in the case of vamps, I suppose. I don't even think the blood-in-wineglass thing would work. Fresh blood tends to coagulate relatively quickly and it has a more viscous mouthfeel than wine.
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Biggle wrote:

You got a mild obsession buddy, fantasy will only be fantasy.


Yup! Definitely chose the wrong subforum to post this in lmao
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OP stay out of the sun. Your glitter is showing.
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Well, most Kindred don't really care. Blood's blood as long as it's potent enough to stave off the Beast, prevent torpor, and feed their power. The Ventrue are concerned about what sort of blood they drink because they're the upper crust, "nothing but the finest" types, though their big pet peeve is drinking animal blood. It's unsatisfying, crass, and disgusting to them when they and other Kindred drink that. If anyone's worried about the blood type of the "donor", it's Clan Ventrue. Their tastes on the matter are in all likelihood fairly subjective, with some preferring to feed only on noble blood while others probably prefer the rarer types without caring who the blood came from. I suppose it mostly depends on what's fashionable in the halls of Invictus these nights.
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