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How I Fell Out of Love with Dexter

The usual villainof countless crime novels and movies, the serial killer, was suddenly the hero, the guy you root for. I have always been drawn to the more noir side of crime where the protagonists are the shady anti-heroes either of the criminal world or the world of police and investigators but Dexter was the extreme anti-hero. Lindsay also had this innate ability to make you relate to Dexter in certain instances, especially his cluelessness about women’s emotions and relationships.

I enjoyed the second book in the series, DEARLY DEVOTED DEXTER and then the TV series came along. I approached it with trepidation. I was not confident that the gay brother from SIX FEET UNDER could pull off the character but Michael C. Hall nailed it. And just as importantly Jennifer Carpenter nailed Debra Morgan, in fact she took the character of Debra to a whole other level.

But DEXTER IN THE DARK went in a paranormal direction which I felt flew in the face of what the books had set out to do. DEXTER BY DESIGN got the book series back on track to some extent but by the fifth book DEXTER IS DELICIOUS I decided that I was a bigger fan of the TV series and I gave up on the books.

There are two episodes left in this season and I don’t care. I quit. I have had enough and won’t be returning. Sometimes a TV show has to know when it is done and not drag us all along until the bitter end. I enjoyed the first five seasons and am going o leave it there.

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