02/14/2011 07:11 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Star Crossed Lovers: For Valentine's Day, Anyone But Romeo And Juliet (PHOTOS)

Though Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet are the classic star-crossed lovers in books, and the play from which the phrase originates, we decided to add some more unconventional picks from literature in honor of Valentine's Day. Almost all of them die before their time, but some, such as in the case of Bert and Ernie, are simply forbidden from expressing their true feelings for one another.

Did we leave any of your favorites out? Let us know in the comments!