What Attracts Vampires?
Are there certain things that attract vampires?
In regards to objects, materials, and sensory items, there are a few that are particularly effective in attracting a vampire (should you want to).
The first and most obvious is blood. Vampires don't just like blood, they lust for it. It feeds their bodies but also seems to fill a certain empty feeling inside them (where their souls used to be, maybe?) Their senses are highly tuned to the sight, smell, and taste of blood. Human blood is greatly preferred over animal blood, and the blood of mammals is greatly preferred over the blood of other creatures, such as birds or reptiles. No matter what the blood is, though, it has to be fresh, meaning that a vampire should not ever drink the blood of a dead creature. This is why vampires are known to stop feeding before their victim's heart stops beating. Drinking dead blood for a vampire is like a human getting food poisoning. It probably won't kill them, but it will certainly make them sicker and weaker than they would be otherwise.
Other than blood, vampires seem to be most attracted to victims based on an array of personal preferences. Humans who are near-death seem to be those most likely to be turned into vampires, probably because they are immediately facing the fear of death, making them the easiest to convince to make this "deal with the Devil". I'm not sure if this is some sort of "moral code" or not, but it seems to be the case.
For victims in general, vampires, like any hunter, will often choose an easy target - someone alone in a remote location, for example. This way they can have a better chance of success in securing the blood they desire while not risking being discovered. As with human hunters, though, some vampires certainly must choose more difficult prey simply for the challenge. It is believed that vampires enjoy seducing their victims by pretending to be human until they can get them alone. This was most certainly more common in earlier times when cameras, cell phones, and the like were less common. No matter how much they like a challenge, it is imperative that vampires do not reveal their true nature to any human they let live. And killing a whole party full of humans is not exactly a way to keep their existence quiet.
More than anything, vampires will be attracted to the same things they were attracted to as humans. Though they can't enjoy things like fancy food and drink, they do seem to enjoy nice homes, cars, jewelry, and other luxury items as well as attractive human companions.
Surprisingly, vampires actually like light quite a bit as long as it does not contain ultraviolet rays. Moonlight is very weak in ultraviolet density and represents their mother-goddess, so it is particularly enjoyed by them.