Darkly Dreaming Dexter – A Bookish TV Show Review

Dexter-Season-2-1024x762The TV show version of Dexter does a great job capturing the feel of the book, especially Dexter’s personality. As in the book, he comes across as both both creepily likeable and morally ambiguous. From watching the first two episodes and googling a bit, it seems as though the first season of this show is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the first book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter.   There were plenty of direct quotes and so far I didn’t notice any major plot changes. However, Dexter’s relationship is played up a bit, becoming more complicated and more romantic. Another change is that the pace of his vigilante murders is increased to keep each episode interesting. The whole season is the plot of just one short book after all! Even though the show becomes completely separate from the plot of the books after the first season, I would guess that most fans of the books will like the show and vice versa. 


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12 Responses to Darkly Dreaming Dexter – A Bookish TV Show Review

  1. Christine @Buckling Bookshelves

    Huh…I don’t watch the show, but I didn’t even know it was a book! You learn something new every day!
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    • I know I’m always surprised at how many movies and shows are based on books! Sometimes I wonder if the people who make the movies and shows are just running out of ideas :)

  2. TracyK

    Nice to know that the first season corresponds to the first book. I have not read / watched either and that might be interesting should I ever decide to.
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    • I was kind of sorry when I googled and found out that the other seasons are just their own thing, because I really liked the way the first season was organized. However, the show did capture the feel of the book, so later seasons could just feel like getting more book, which can also be fun :)

  3. Andi @ Estella's Revenge

    I’m glad to know this is fairly faithful, even though it takes off after the first season. My fiance was thinking of downloading the audiobook, though I don’t know if he ever did. He was slightly annoyed at the narrator, I think.
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    • Yeah, I think at least starting something like this by staying true to the books is probably a good idea. It helps establish a show that does at least capture the feel of the books. A bad narrator can definitely ruin a book for me, although a good one can also make a book much more enjoyable :)

  4. Kerri (TheMaven)

    Hmm. I’m going to have to check this out, I was a huge Dexter fan. Creepy I know, but I really enjoyed the series!
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  5. Kendra

    I wasn’t aware there was a book but now I want to see the show and read the book. I love book/movie adaptations. I have no problem with knowing a plot in advance so I also prefer the book/movie adaptations. :)
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    • I love adaptations too! I also don’t mind knowing the plot. In fact, I think it makes me enjoy a movie even more if I’m getting to see a book I loved brought to life :)

  6. Kelly

    I enjoyed the book a lot when I read it a few years ago and I wanted to continue the series, but never did, but now that the show ended the way it did…I just have no want to to read it now, though part of me wants to know if that’s how the books end.
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    • It sounds like the show is completely different from the books, so if you end up feeling interested in the books again, I wouldn’t let how the show ended stop you :)


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