ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dexter Morgan - The Blood Guy

Updated on February 5, 2016

Tonight's the night, and its going to happen again, and again...


Dexter as a novel character

Out of all the books I've read, not one of them has been quite on par with the uniqueness Dexter Morgan brings to the table.

By day he works with Miami Florida's Police Department as a blood spatter analyst. He is also a loyal boyfriend to his girlfriend Rita Bennett, and cares deeply for her two children, Cody and Astor. By Night, he tucks his first life away, and shows what he really is, a serial killer. Extremely good at pre-planning, setting up his 'kill room', he expertly and surgically uses an array of knives and other tools at is disposal, to top it off, he places pictures of the killer's victims and teaches them a final lesson, before he takes a bit of their blood on a glass slide and finishes them for good.

He isn't sure what made him this way, neither did his foster father Harry Morgan. Harry teaches him at a young age, until adulthood, about a 'code'. This code created Dexter what he is, a vigilante killer. He targets the people who society wouldn't care if they disappeared and leaves no trace of them behind. Whether they've been convicted of murder or put on trial for it. He knows how to find out, and using connections with his job at the Police Department, he can just about get a record on anyone.

Behind the creation of Dexter

I personally found the story behind Jeff Lindsay's creator of the character Dexter Morgan to be as interesting as the character itself.

Jeff Lindsay was sitting around during a meeting one day, he scribbled some ideas on a nearby napkin. He went into thoughts of how to create a character that was likable by a large group of people, but also reflected the secrets that people tend to have, that they forever keep to themselves and don't plan on telling anyone.

His first few idea focused on making a character who was usually despised and looked down on by society. This was his idea behind this character of his being something that people both feared and disliked, this was inspiration for his character to be a serial killer. Now he focused on his second idea, on the secrets he thought about earlier. These were reflected back into Dexter through his 'second life' as a serial killer. He then decided to put these two together and flesh out the form of a character, his only goal was to make him likable in the end.

I think Lindsay accomplished his goals, Dexter Morgan is a very well known name and to this day, Dexter Morgan is still a very popular figure in novel work.

The Book Series

The book series began in 2004 with the book Darkly Dreaming Dexter. (My favorite from the series) As the books progressed, you get to see the world of Dexter and his character more fleshed out. You get to see all the interesting situations he puts himself in, all of his targets, his personal life at the Miami PD, and his time with his girlfriend Rita. You'll also meet some characters that he's close to (in a sense) like his sister Debra Morgan. You'll have flashback sessions where he relives parts of his previous life, usually through conversations he's had that have stuck with him since childhood to his adult years.

You'll find the book series is loaded with a lot of light humor to take the dark themes and violent edges off and leave you smiling as you read on (I often laughed out loud)

Disclaimer : If you've already watched the showtime series, (I'll cover this shortly) you can be happy to know that the plots of both the Showtime series, and the books take different paths and adaptions at the end of Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

The Showtime Series

The showtimes series began in 2006. The first season of the show takes some of the plot from the first book of the series, after that both are extremely unrelated to the counterpart.

The Showtime Series mostly takes different adaptions. You might find several of the book characters act differently, or treat Dexter in a slightly changed and interesting manner. Either way, both of the books and the series let you into Dexter's life. Both capture his double lives, Blood Spatter Analyst by day, serial killer by night.

Same as the books, the showtime series is loaded with good moments, funny moments, and has some great punchlines that'll leave a smile on your face, and make you completely forget moments ago you just watched Dexter saw into someone's neck, or put body parts into a garbage bag.

Showtime! Warning : Strong Language

Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall in the Showtime Series



I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Dexter Morgan, the character is unique, fascinating to watch, learn about, and is very interesting.

I loved seasons 1 and 2 of the Showtime series, they had some of the best and memorable scenes, as well my favorite plots. I did however feel that the series began losing its luster as it moved on, it started feeling very different to me. I must recommend you watch the entire season from start to finish.

The books kept me interested and I couldn't wait to read one after the other. For the interesting plot and differences from the series, Darkly Dreaming Dexter is my favorite book.

I hope I got you interested in giving Darkly Dreaming Dexter a read, or even wanting to try watching the showtime series.

You can find the books online for many various sites to either order and buy, or try your local library.

For the Showtime series, if you own Netflix then simply look up Dexter and you can begin watching the entire show!



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)