Dexter Author Sees Little Resemblance in Current Character
Dexter author and creator Jeff Lindsay says the series barely resembles the original novels. Lindsay created the character in the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, which is what the Showtime series was based on.
“The first line Michael C. Hall spoke in character on camera, I thought he was perfect,” he told DarklyDexter.com. “Now, the longer the show runs, Michael has to stay interested, so they want to explore this, they want to explore that.”
He adds, “The show is going farther away from the character in the books because he gets further away from being a sociopath. Sociopaths don’t have feelings; they can’t. It makes it tough for an actor.”
Lindsay also believes that John Lithgow’s Trinity Killer wouldn’t have worked in the books.
“If I wrote the Lithgow character in a book, it would be so corny and dumb I’d be drummed off the bestseller list,” he said.
“But if you give the same thing to Lithgow, it’s fantastic. That’s the difference in mediums – great actors can make things that are corny and improbable look like they make sense.”
The seventh (and penultimate) season will premiere on September 30th on Showtime.