It's funny that some absolutely non-fans of Britney Spears found time to post in a topic "When Did You Become/What Made You a Fan of...Britney Spears?"
("Everybody is addicted underneath the skin")
Well, my story is quite ordinary. You know, Belarus is not the major force in music industry, so I wasn't aware of BOMT chart success until February-March 1999. But I was lucky enough to have cabel TV and watch VIVA (German music channel) and had a possibility to listen to programms about UK Singles Chart on Russian and Ukrainian BBC. BOMT debuted at the top in the UK= first time I've heard about Britney. I wasn't blown away by BOMT video, but when I saw a cassette with BOMT album in my town in April, I've bought it. I've became a fan after I saw "Sometimes" video. She was so beautiful in it, and it was such a sunny video and cute midtempo song, that I literally fell in love with her. I spent my summer holidays in 1999 in the village (where my grandparents lived) with my friends and fell in love with a girl (I was 16, she was 14), so I forgot about Britney for a moment, but that girl broke my heart, summer ended, I got back to my town and school, and in September Britney reminded me of herself - I saw "Crazy video and became even a bigger fan of her.
I have 4 legal CDs of her music: B in the Mix, Blackout, Circus and The Singles Collection (deluxe). I would buy her older albums, but I've seen them only without booklets in our shops.
No matter what will happen in the future, there always will be a place in my heart for her, she's like soulmate to me (you know, "Soulmates never die" - Placebo), and I always will be thankful to her that she make me explore music.