Altair and Vega make a good example to highlight because they are one of the more famous classical examples from ancient mythology. It's Older Than Dirt - and it has the added benefit of actually involving stars. (I wouldn't be surprised if they are the source of the phrase).
But also, they are a good image. Look at it. A woman in the sky reaches down longingly to the man below her as looks longingly at her, but they are divided by a river of stars. (Alternative pictures don't have the star motif but they still have them divided by a river as they long for each other).
Yes, we can get away with Just A Face when it's iconic, but we need to imply the star-crossedness somehow. I like the Orpheus and Eurydice one, where Orpheus looked back and the deal was cut, it does convey that their love is troubled.
That or Altair and Vega, where there are actual stars.
The words above are to be read as if they are narrated by Morgan Freeman.
That's what I think, Zhinü and Niulang, Orihime and Hikoboshi, Vega and Altair.
Older Than Dirt, and a big holidaycelebrating their star-crossed nature? Plus they are actual stars too?
I think this image◊ is the best.
But also found:
D◊ (probably no good, since they are using Haruhi and Kyon as stand-ins, but if you didn't know the characters...)
The second Romeo and Juliet poster (the one in second) has the fueding families behind, weilding weapons at each other...the very thing that is keeping this couple from having a having a normal happy life together. (Plus it's one of Shakespeare's most famous peices of work that still has an impact on people to this day. Basically...it's a timeless classic)<- But that isn't part of the trope....just one of the reasons why I PERSONALLY favor it over the star one....I kind of don't get it. I don't know who or what Tatabana is.