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The following are noted differences between the original Dexter novels and the television adaptation.

As with most books that become movies/television series (vice versa as well), changes will occur that may drastically effect the course of the storyline or simply reduce it (maybe even expand it, as often seen in Japanese Manga to Anime adaptations...with additional story arcs in anime called "Filler" as it is not actually considered canon by the original Manga source material). Below are all the differences, both Major and Minor.

MajorEdit

These are all plot points that either are not present in one form of DEXTER or the other. This can be anything from a completely different storyline to a character's death (or introduction). Character's that are major will be listed in the Non-Existent section, while victims and other minor characters may be included in the Minor section (but to prevent flooding, don't post every single minor character in the "Non-Existent" section for the Novels or Series).

In the NovelsEdit

CharactersEdit

  • Dexter Morgan - Dexter's personality differs quite a bit between both series.
  • Deborah Morgan - Debra Morgan is actually named "Deborah" and actually learns of Dexter's secret by the end of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, choosing to accept it then and there while the Debra in the Showtime series only has gotten close. (In the final moments of the Season Six finale, Debra walked in on Dexter as he killed Travis Marshall.)
  • Rita Morgan - She was never murdered and is still alive.
  • Brian Moser - Brian never used the alias "Rudy Cooper" and instead of being called "The Icetruck Killer", he was known as the "Tamiami Butcher". Ultimately he ends up surviving the events of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, returning once more in Dexter is Delicious.
  • Migdia LaGuerta - Maria LaGuerta is actually called "Migdia" and her personality was far more harsh than what can be seen in the television series. While some plot points are the same, she ends up stabbed to death by Brian Moser at the end of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, while her Showtime counterpart was slain at the end of season 7 by Debra Morgan.
  • Albert Doakes - James Doakes, first and foremost, is alive (mostly). Unlike his counterpart in the series, Doakes has lost a lot of his body to the work of Dr. Danco.
  • Lily Ann Morgan - Dexter's daughter, replaced instead by Harrison Morgan for the television series.
  • Cody and Astor Bennett - Dexter's step-children. In the novels, the two show signs of carrying a "Dark Passenger" like Dexter. Dexter assists the two in learning Harry's code.

Non-Existent CharactersEdit

  • Lila West - As she appeared in Season 2 of the television series, she had no feature role in the novels.
  • Miguel Prado - He appears in Season 3 of the television series, being featured along with George Washington King.
  • George Washington King - He appears in Season 3 as The Skinner, a character based on Dr. Danco from Dearly Devoted Dexter.
  • Arthur Mitchell - He appears in Season 4 as a serial killer that Dexter learns from.
  • Jordan Chase - He appears in Season 5 along with The Group, which may be based on the Cannibals from Dexter is Delicious.
  • Joey Quinn - He appears during Season 3 and has a recurring role (3rd listed in cast) for the rest of the series thus far. As a love interest for Debra, his counterpart is former Black Ops assassin Kyle Chutsky for the novels. As a detective part of Debra's gang, he is replaced by Alex Duarte.
  • Stan Liddy - As he is a character that appears in Season 5 being connected to Joey Quinn, he has no appearance in the novels.
  • Frank Lundy - He appears in season 2, and has no role in the novels. His counterpart, as a Washington hand run down to Miami to handle a serial crime case, and as the love interest for Debra, is Kyle Chutsky.

Changes in PlotEdit

New Plots/Non-Existent PlotsEdit

In the Showtime SeriesEdit

CharactersEdit

  • Dexter Morgan - Dexter's personality differs quite a bit between both series. Another trend that differs is that anyone who learns of his secret ultimately dies, except for Lumen Pierce. While in the novels Deborah is still very much alive.
  • Debra Morgan - To probably fit her personality, Deborah's name was changed to Debra and instead of learning Dexter's secret, she has merely come close to it. She is also a rather loud pottymouth and has relationships with characters nonexistent in the novels.
  • Maria LaGuerta - Instead of being called Migdia, the creators of the show decided to name her Maria (as it is an easier name to pronounce and looks better all together). In the show, she can be seen as harsh but has a human side, openly having a heart behind her political game...though regretfully does things that she is not proud of yet knows they need to be done for her position. She never is left in any sort of danger regarding Brian Moser and is still alive in the series, never actually being put in real danger (unlike her spouse, Angel Batista).

Non-Existent CharactersEdit

Changes in PlotEdit

New Plots/Non-Existent PlotsEdit

MinorEdit

These are small things such as slight differences in character attributes and various misc. information (such as ages, addresses, etc...basic information that may be different).

In the NovelsEdit

In the Showtime SeriesEdit

AdditionsEdit

Scenes/lines that were not in the books but were added for the series:

Book Series

ChangesEdit

Book Series

OmissionsEdit

Scenes/lines from the books that were left out from the series:

Book Series


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