10. WHITE NOISE, BY DON DELILLO (1985)
Status: Not in development
Jack Gladney is a professor of Hitler Studies at a local university, he is married to his fourth wife, Babette, and he has four children. Both Jack and his wife are petrified of death, so it certainly doesn’t bode well for them when a chemical spill creates a noxious black cloud over their hometown. In order to quell their fears, Jack and Babette turn to Dylar, a fictional drug that removes the user’s fear of death.
White Noise is a brilliant piece of postmodern madness in which author Don DeLillo completely tears down the veneer of American life and explores the dark underbelly of our modern world and its chemical dependency. With tongue firmly in cheek, DeLillo’s work resonates just as much now, if not more, than it did when it was released in 1985. This is a book that wouldn’t just make an entertaining movie, but an important one as well. Be sure to take your ADHD pills and focus up.