Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the ladies at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question for participants to respond to on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
Today’s Topic: What non-YA character would you love to see star in a YA book as themselves?
Oh, this is SO easy…
Dexter Morgan is the most complex character I’ve ever known. He’s a blood spatter analyst, brother, father, husband, rescuer, friend, vigilante and… serial killer. He does it all with a certain flair for the dramatics, a very dark sense of humor, and an intensity that borders on terrifying. Plus, um, he’s pretty hot.
I’d love to know Dexter as a teenager. His childhood was less than enviable, his sister is a bit of a mess, and his relationship with his father, Harry, is all kinds of complicated. He’d make fascinating young adult character because even as a grown man, he’s constantly questioning who he is and trying to balance all the facets of his personality. Imagine all the angst he’d bring to a YA novel!
And can I just mention that Showtime will begin airing the newest season of Dexter in LESS THAN A MONTH?! So excited!
So, what non-YA character would you love to meet in a YA story?
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So… I have not watched Dexter, nor have I read the book I am about to recommend to you, but after reading your post I have to suggest it because I’ve seen it compared to Dexter in reviews. I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7617119-i-am-not-a-serial-killer
It’s on my TBR list. Maybe we should read together and then dish? 🙂
Thank you again for this recommendation, Erin. I’m so getting this one next time I order books. Can’t wait to read it, then dish with you. 🙂
This is the best answer! Dexter is so complex as an adult–I can’t imagine how interesting he would be to read/watch as a teen.
(And I have been counting down the days to the new season since the last one ended.)
Yay! Glad to know you’re a Dexter fan, Rebecca! It’s quite possibly my favorite show EVER. Have you seen Six Feet Under? A close second in the awesome department.
ooh… Good one. I haven’t watched the show, but since Hubby does I know a bit about Dexter. Teen Dexter would be interesting indeed.
Watch the show, Alicia! Start with Season 1, though… It’s SO good!
great answer! I hear all about this show, but haven’t seen it. It seems like people really love it. What an interesting YA character. It could be the ultimate suspense novel, really.
You should definitely watch, Kat. It’s a fantastic study in suspense and layered characters. So good!
I considered Dexter as my RTW character! He’s a very interesting character…Admittedly the Dexter on Showtime and the Dexter in Jeff Lindsay’s books are very different, but I think their childhood would be interesting either way. Every now and then we get a peek at it but only peeks! It’s so frustrating! 😛
Isn’t it?! I want to know EVERYTHING about Dexter’s early life. He’s just so fascinating! Loved your choice from Jericho, by the way. 🙂
Do I need to watch Dexter? I think I need to watch Dexter.
Oh, you SO need to watch Dexter. Start with Season One. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂
Yeah, I haven’t watched it either. Though I read I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER last year and I hear it’s like Dexter for teens – with a mini-paranormal twist.
I plan to check that book out… it’s definitely intriguing! And now I’m even more curious since you mentioned the mini-paranormal twist. Thanks, Sarah!
Love it! For my post I did think about some of the creepy-smart-killer-with-flair characters I love, but I had trouble settling on one that would also work as a YA character… It sounds like you’ve found the perfect example though. This post also reminded me that I’ve wanted to see Dexter FOREVER and need to get on it pronto!
I hope you check Dexter out and love it as much as I do! I’ve yet to hear from someone who DOESN’T like it. 🙂
I really need to give Dexter a try.
Please do! I hope you love it as much as me. 🙂
They have been filming episodes of Dexter in my friend’s apartment complex! I don’t watch the show because I can’t handle violence / death at all, but I have heard it’s awesome.
It’s definitely a very graphic show, and hard to watch sometimes, but so, so good. And how lucky is your friend?! I wonder if she’s seen Michael C. Hall… Love him!
I have seen this show maybe once ( I sadly watch little to no television). but based on your description, I would love to see his early story too! Nice!
You should definitely check it out, Alison. Maybe pick up Season One on your next long break from school or something… it’s so good!
This is an awesome answer. Would certainly be dark… and interesting.
Oh, yeah… it would have to be dark, or it wouldn’t be nearly as effectual as the show or the book series the show’s based on. I think it would be fascinating!
Ha! I totally agree. That was my pick, too. I ❤ Dexter, he would make such an intriguing YA anti-hero.
Great minds! Glad to hear your a Dexter fan too! I always feel like I need to spread the word about the awesomeness of that show.
I agree. I think Dexter is one of the best characters ever written. I can’t get enough of knowing why he is the way he is. 🙂
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