“Basically I wrote the song specifically for the movie, it wasn’t something that I had a draft of previously. I reread the books, and I just wanted to tap into everything that Katniss is feeling in that film and what’s the crazy stuff that goes on. One of the things that happened in the book which to me felt like this crazy turning point was her best friend Peeta tries to kill her, he’s been brainwashed and tries to strangle her. It just felt like something so irreparable and something that the characters couldn’t turn back from. I felt like Katniss was like ‘okay, I’m taking names. I’m coming for blood. You don’t do these types of things to my friends and family and get away with it.’ I just wanted to make something kind of dark and haunting.”—Lorde on Yellow Flicker Beat (X)
“My anger left me as quickly as it had come, and again I felt weak. “What is it then?” I asked. "There’s something. What is it?"
There was a silence, and then he replied, "Let’s say that from time to time you irritate me just a tiny little bit." "That’s rather obvious," I said. "But I’d like to know why." "You once explained to me that love isn’t everything for you," he said in a sudden burst of volubility. "All right. But then why do you insist on its being everything for me. You aren’t satisfied unless you are all that matters, unless nothing else exists for me but you, unless I devote my whole life to you while you sacrifice nothing of yours. It isn’t fair!"”— Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins (via violentwavesofemotion)
“Why does one write? For whom does one write? If you begin asking that, you stop writing! You write, that’s all. And people read you. You write for the people who read you. It’s writers nobody reads who ask themselves questions like that!”—Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins (via violentwavesofemotion)
…but most of all, my capacity for love. the thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me - it’s no coincidence i’m posting this note here, where i feel the most happy and safe online, the place where i laugh the most and where every day, i feel like people get me. i never knew i could feel such a warm heart for this many people at once. thankyou for hearing about me all those months ago, and sticking around. thankyou for being here.
now, about this song - yellow flicker beat. it’s my first offering from what i hope will be a soundtrack you love. it’s my attempt at getting inside her head, katniss’. i hope you like it.