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The Dark Passenger in The Dexter Books vs. in The Series

Have you read the Dexter novels? If you've read Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels, then you're in a position to share your perspectives on how artfully and successfully the series addresses the characters and events he created in the books. Which adaptations are a service to the storyline, which discredit it?

Here are defferences of The Dark Passenger in Dexter in the books and in the series

PLOT/CHARACTER ELEMENT

The Dark Passenger in Dexter

HOW THE BOOKS PORTRAY IT:

In the book, Dexter feels the restlessness within himself when he has not satisfied his Dark Passenger's blood lust. He speaks of it often, to the reader. Dexter seems to have another personality as his dark side in books 1 and 2. The recognition of other people who have the same type of Dark Passenger seems almost psychic in the first 2 books. In book 3 the Dark Passenger was revealed to be an ancient, evil spirit.

HOW THE SERIES PORTRAYS IT:

In the show Dexter's dark passenger is not mentioned until episode 10 of season 1 and is first described in episode 3 of season 2 where Dexter briefly describes how he feels, saying he feels alive when his dark passenger takes control and how the dark passenger is all he has.

WHICH IS BETTER?

The Book. In the novel the Dark Passenger is a constant force in Dexter's life, something he hears and feels in the back of his mind at almost all times, rather than it being a passing annoyance that only comes out from time to time.

Although the revelation that the Passenger was an evil spirit greatly throws out a lot of realism and credibility to the Dexter persona in that he is just a plain person without the Passenger. Hopefully the show will not take this direction. The character in the show is a Dexter struggling with his own mind, and is much more interesting than a Dexter just being a vessel for a supernatural being.

sixstringseraph: i think the book is taking a turn towards a fantasy genre while the show is maintaining a more realistic/humanistic perspective, so depending on which view you prefer, the book and the series are tied in--how well they developplots based on each perspective.

DearlyDevotedToDex: This really depends on your opinion. At the end of the first book, he had to be convinced not to kill his sister. In the series, killing Deb was not even an option. The book made him look weaker in that aspect, whereas the show made him seem more in control. I prefer the Series.

DebMorgansSweet : The end of the 3rd book really ruined the Dark passenger . In some respects its good but the series makes it seem more real.

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