Dexter Morgan is arguably one of the most fascinating, well-written characters in the history of fiction. In both his TV and novel incarnations, he draws us in, makes us care and terrifies us. And, whether we like him or not, we can’t help but want more of him.
If you just can’t get enough of Dexter, you can also shop for Dexter merchandise. Going out on the town but have nothing to wear? You can get the Official Dexter Kill Shirt. Keep your keys in style with the Dexter Blood Slide Key Chain. Got some *ahem* trash to take out? Try the Dexter Trash Bags. For the
twisted kid in all of us, there’s the Dexter Action Figure.
And let’s not forget to accessorize. On sites like Etsy, you can get Dexter-inspired paraphernalia like the Dexter Ice Truck Killer Inspired Key Chain, the Dexter Inspired Blood Spatter Earrings and the Unofficial Dexter Blood Glass Slide Pendant .
Okay…I’ll admit it…the Etsy stuff is pretty cute and I have a really perverse desire to get this floor mat. *hangs head in shame*
Are these things just in good fun or are they just plain creepy? Dexter is a serial killer after all. Even if his victims are monsters, should we celebrate the killing? And is it hypocritical to enjoy the Dexter novels and/or TV show but shudder at the thought of all the Dexter items?
On one hand, as a friend pointed out to me, Dexter can satisfy our sense of justice which the world (and the legal system) often cheats us of but…there are also folk that have committed crimes, claiming to be inspired by Dexter.
In one case, a filmmaker was inspired by Dexter to transform himself into a serial killer. In another, even more tragic case, a 17-year-old boy strangled his 10-year-old brother, saying it made him feel like Dexter.
By the way, I’m not blaming the novel or the show for these horrors. Some folk will find any excuse to do terrible things…but it’s incredibly sad that a character like Dexter could be seen as a role model for some.
What do you think? Is the Dexter merchandise fun or creepy? Is it hypocritical to like Dexter and object to the merchandise? And do you think that shows/novels like Dexter pose a potentially dangerous influence to some?
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