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Dexter in itself started out as a novel written by author Jeff Lindsay called Darkly Dreaming Dexter. A TV series shortly followed, thus popularizing DEXTER as a whole for the media to enjoy (becoming America's favorite serial killer).
As both a book series and a television series, the show having premiered its eighth and final season, the book series ongoing with no end in sight. There are major plot differences between the two, specifically character's lives, roles and even entire story lines. Dexter as a book series has been released in seven novels, with the showtime series having been released in seven full seasons (the eight ongoing as of the June 30th 2013).
Novels in the SeriesEdit
As of 2011, there are currently six novels in the series.
The first novel of the series, this is the one that a majority of the first season was based on.
The second novel in the series, this is where a split between the Showtime Series and the novels took place.
The third novel in the series, introduced a major plot element that received mixed reviews
The fourth novel in the series.
The fifth novel in the series.
The Sixth novel in the series.
Each Dexter novel has been released in multiple formats (including recently on technological devices such as NOOK). Here are some of the ways you can find them:
- Hard cover. A well-sized novel that cuts down the page count considerably but retains the value. The cover and binding are rather strong, allowing for extended use.
- Paperback, normal. A medium sized book (a bit smaller than the hardcover), since the pages are larger this means a lot of the pages can also be condensed...making a 350+ book just over 180 pages as necessary.
- Paperback, mass-produced. A smaller (yet significantly thicker) book styled just like a majority of schools use for novels such as To Kill a Mocking Bird. These books are thicker yet compact and easy to carry, they also retail at the lowest possible price out of the bunch.
- E-Reader style. Data that can be purchased off of an online website, you can actually read the books using products such as the Kindle, iPad, and Nook.
After the release of the Showtime series, a few of the novels were reprinted to feature Michael C. Hall and even has a "sticker" on the front talking about the television series. This trend continues with new releases of books.
Recently, a collection of the first four novels has came out known as the "Killer Collection". Wrapped in plastic, a cardboard case of sorts holds the first four books in the series (in Paperback,normal size) with an opening on two sides to allow you to slip the books out and back in. It retails at about $55.00 depending on where you buy it.
- Main article: Differences between Dexter Novels and Series
- Each of the novels has both Dexter's name in the title, and uses alliteration for the rest. This is a recurring trend that has not been used for the upcoming novel, "Dexter's Final Cut".